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Evatt: We Want A Response

Boss expecting improved performance as Wanderers aim for away-day success

10 December 2021

Ian Evatt is looking for a rapid response as Wanderers aim to end their travel sickness on the short trip to Accrington Stanley.

Evatt was left smarting with a 3-0 defeat at Fleetwood Town on Tuesday night as his side was blown of course on a stormy night at the Highbury Stadium.

And the Wanderers’ boss is expecting a positive reaction from his players as they target a win that could lift them back into the top half of League One.

“We want a response. We just want to be better than we were on Tuesday,” said Evatt.

“We were all distraught. We were all frustrated and really disappointed with how it played out.

“We felt we were doing okay and turning a corner and had a decent November.

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“Then every now and again we throw in one of those types of performances and it seems to be the similar conditions and similar types of game and we have to look at that and improve.

“But for now, it’s about getting back to who we are and our identity and the brand and way we play.

“And if we do that to the best of our abilities, we’re more than capable of getting a result against anyone in this division.”

Wanderers had lost just three times in their previous 10 games in all competitions prior to the defeat at Fleetwood.

But the Whites have been beaten in their last five away games in League One as they prepare for only their second league fixture at Stanley.

The first brought a 7-1 defeat in the troubled 2019/20 campaign which ended with Wanderers finishing bottom of the table.

That was not on Evatt’s watch and the current boss is hoping to give the travelling fans more to cheer about as they hit the road again to face a Stanley side sitting a point and three places better off in 13th-spot.

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“Football is a roller-coaster. It’s an emotional game. Everyone is entitled to opinions, which is why we love the game,” added Evatt, who will be missing suspended skipper Ricardo Almeida Santos but will have midfielder MJ Williams and defenders Harry Brockbank and Adam Senior back in his squad.

“We all have different opinions but each week provides different challenges and you can win games you don’t expect to win and lose games you don’t expect to lose.

“It’s just the nature of the beast, unfortunately. We’ll go there and try and recover from Tuesday and provide a better performance than we did there.

“The last time they went to Accrington I think they lost 7-1 so we have to make sure we’re a lot better than that and give them something to sing about.

“Hopefully they’ll support the players in the right way. I’m sure they will and we can get a good result and a good performance.”

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


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