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💬 Evatt: The Win Was For The 33

10 March 2021

Ian Evatt dedicated Tuesday’s night’s victory against Cambridge United to the 33 victims of the Burnden Park Disaster.

Wanderers entertained their fellow Sky Bet League Two high-fliers at the University of Bolton Stadium on the 75th Anniversary of the tragedy.

The club marked the occasion by holding a minute’s silence prior to kick off with both captains also laying wreaths on the touchline.

The names of each of the 33 were also displayed on the big screen and digital advertising boards while the players also wearing black armbands to show their respect.

Evatt’s men recorded a comfortable victory against Cambridge with leading goalscorer Eoin Doyle and captain Antoni Sarcevic on the scoresheet.

The Wanderers manager said: “We mustn’t ever forget those fans that went to watch a football game and didn’t get home. It’s so sad and heartbreaking and I hope they’re smiling down on us tonight seeing their team win. We wanted to do them proud and I think we did.”

Wanderers dominated the contest for the majority of the game, but an uncharacteristic mistake from goalkeeper Matt Gilks allowed United back into the game with ten minutes of the match remaining.

But the hosts saw out the rest of the match comfortably and stretched their unbeaten run to ten games, eight of which have been victories.

Evatt added: “I thought for 70 minutes we were absolutely brilliant and really could have scored and should have scored more. The critique is the game should have been out of sight and then we’re trying to make a few changes to look after people. It’s been a really, really tough schedule.

"A few are carrying niggles but the mistake really changed the momentum of the game. We were really comfortable and were probably looking like scoring again and then the mistake gives them a bit of a lift and a leg up. Then we have to defend well for the last 10 or 15 minutes.

"That shouldn’t cloud what was an excellent performance. Matt has saved us enough times so we don’t mind that. I’m really pleased because the run that we’ve been on in the run of games that we’ve had has been really tough and challenging and it’s exceptional that the players have managed to win eight and draw two out of the last 10 games.

“The quality of the football at times tonight was breath taking. For that 70 minutes, it was outstanding.”


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