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Evatt: Let's Get Moving

Boss targeting December run to keep things on the boil

7 December 2021

Ian Evatt wants his team to make their move to set up the prospect of a happy new year.

Wanderers play the first of five League One fixtures in December at Fleetwood Town tonight (Tuesday).

And Evatt is hoping to make the run count after battling through an injury crisis to re-lay the foundations for a renewed push up the table.

“We have found a way in November,” said the Whites’ boss, who was able to name just two senior outfield players on the bench for a 2-2 draw with Cheltenham last time out in the league.

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“Getting bodies back is important. We want to do more and achieve more and having more bodies available will help us.

“We have a busy month. It is a moving month in the EFL and we have to make sure we are progressing up the table and giving ourselves something to fight for in the second half of the season.

“I think there’s a lot to look forward to in the second half of the season – some good fixtures, some good home fixtures, recruitment in January and players coming back from injury – so lots of things to be positive about.”

Despite promising medical bulletins around midfielder MJ Williams and defender Harry Brockbank, Evatt isn’t expecting any of his injured contingent back in time for the trip to Fleetwood, who are in the bottom three on the back of a winless run stretching back to mid-October.

The ‘Cods’ – under the interim management of Stephen Crainey – were beaten 5-1 at Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

But Fleetwood were level until the dismissal of midfielder Daniel Batty mid-way through the first half.

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And after being tested by a young Town team before progressing in the Papa John’s Trophy with a 1-0 win last Tuesday night, Wanderers will take nothing for granted as they look to advance from 14th-place in the table and try and regain a top-half berth.

“It will be a tough game. They will certainly be a wounded animal after Saturday,” added Evatt.

“No-one likes to go down to 10 men so early and have a defeat like that. They will be coming out fighting.

“I know Stephen very well. He will have them highly motivated and we have to match that and do our best to win the game.”

To watch the manager’s pre-match interview, click HERE

The game is sold-out for Wanderers’ fans but is available to watch live via iFollow, with the details HERE


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