IAN Evatt is determined to retain a positive mindset as Barrow AFC aim to rebound from last Saturday’s home defeat when they head in Boreham Wood in the Vanarama National League tomorrow.

The Bluebirds boss did not mince his words in the wake of the 1-0 defeat to one of the divisions strugglers, which saw the Daggers snatch their first win on the road this season thanks to Alex Romain’s 88th-minute strike.

But having had more time to reflect on the game, Evatt felt there were several things Barrow did well and has been emphasising those ahead of the trip to one of last season’s play-off contenders.

“Obviously, there were a few cross words on Saturday,” said Evatt.

“We didn’t play that badly, looking back at the game. There were a few simple chances that we didn’t take and we got punished for it.

“Obviously, we’ve got to keep everything positive, and keep everyone confident.”

Boreham Wood were not in league action last Saturday, instead hosting Scottish Championship side Dunfermline in the Irn-Bru Cup and pushing them all the way before losing 6-5 on penalties after a goalless draw.

The Wood are unbeaten at home in the National League so far this season too and manger Luke Garrard has been reminding his team of that this week in the build-up to the visit of Barrow.

The former Tottenham Hotspur youth team player believes he has a good idea of what sort of tactics Barrow manager Evatt will deploy as well.

“He’s got a style of play where they play very open, attractive football,” Garrard told Boreham Wood’s YouTube channel.

“It’s for us to nullify that and come up with some scenarios of how we’re going to affect that.

“They come here with us having not been beaten at home yet and I’m going to utilise that tag because I think people need to come here and earn their win.”

Last time the sides met they played out a 0-0 draw at Meadow Park in March during Ady Pennock’s reign as Barrow manager.

But the previous fixture saw AFC claim one of their four home wins last season, on that occasion under Micky Moore, with Bedsente Gomis and Jack Barthram scoring in a 2-1 which came despite Alex Ray Harvey receiving a red card on the stroke of half time.

Meanwhile, Evatt hopes to have some new faces in his squad for the match tomorrow after stating he was seeking to make moves in the transfer market.

“Yes, there has,” said Evatt when asked if there had been any progress, adding: “I’d think we’ll have two new recruits in for the weekend.”