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Evatt Praise For Deadly Duo

Boss delighted with win but frustrated by two further absentees

23 November 2021

Ian Evatt praised Wanderers’ ‘goal-den’ duo after they set up another home win for the injury-plagued Whites.

Eoin Doyle returned from a three-match absence with his third goal in as many games – and seventh of the season – to pave the way for a 3-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers.

And after the struggling visitors were reduced to 10 men with a red card for defender Joe Olowu, Elias Kachunga made it three goals in five games with his first in the league for Wanderers who moved into the top half of the table with a second successive home victory.

“I thought Kacha was outstanding,” said Evatt.

“I thought it was one of his best games for the club.

“He’s getting fitter and sharper all the time and looks like he’s enjoying his football.

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“We’ve missed Doyler and his predatory instincts.

“Throughout his career if you look at Doyler’s record it’s almost feast or famine.

“Sometimes he goes on long spells of not scoring but when he starts to score they come in bundles so hopefully he’s on one of those runs now.

“We’re pleased with the win. I thought in the first half-hour we looked a bit passive, a bit slow with our play.

“We put a lot into Saturday and I thought we deserved something and it looked like it had taken its toll.

“Then we get the goal and it sparked us. And after that the players grew in confidence. They got the sending off and we took over and won the game comfortably.”

George Thomason claimed his first goal of the season with a deflected effort in a one-sided second half in which full-backs Declan John and Liam Gordon – who impressed in a right-sided role – also joined the queue to try and add to Wanderers’ tally.

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But a rewarding night wasn’t without its problems as key man Dapo Afolayan picked up an unfortunate yellow card and a one-game ban.

And midfielder Lloyd Isgrove sustained a hamstring injury which will nudge the number of players unavailable to Evatt for Saturday’s visit of Cheltenham Town close to double figures.

“I’m already thinking to Saturday and what we’re going to do,” added the Wanderers’ boss.

“Lloyd has got a hamstring strain. When you keep going to the well and asking a lot of them they can pick up these types of injuries.

“We’re gutted with that one and Dapo being suspended doesn’t help things.

“That’s my biggest frustration really.

“I think it was a good fair tackle. Dapo won the ball and he gets yellow-carded. I think three out of the five yellow cards he’s been unfortunate with but that’s football so we’ll again have to adapt and overcome for Saturday.

“We’ve had a difficult spell. Teams go through difficult spells and for us it’s about keeping our focus, keeping our confidence high and keeping the group fit, in one piece and ready to play on Saturday.”

To watch the manager's full post-match interview, click HERE


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