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Evatt Ready For Take-Two

Boss wants Wanderers' fans to help take team through in FA Cup

7 November 2021

Ian Evatt is ready to fight another day in the FA Cup after Wanderers were booked in for a first-round replay at Stockport County.

Wanderers avoided a cup shock against the ambitious National League outfit, who will take Evatt’s men back to Edgeley Park for another go on Tuesday, 16 November.

The Whites conceded first but hit back to lead 2-1 with a two goals in four minutes from Eoin Doyle and Elias Kachunga.

A County equaliser in first-half stoppage time means a second meeting between the sides, who will both go into the hat for Monday night’s draw.

And while Evatt felt his side could have done more to get the job at the done at the first attempt, he took comfort from over-coming the threat of an upset.

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“The FA Cup throws up potential banana skins every season and the positive thing is we’re still in the hat,” said the Wanderers’ boss.

“I thought we controlled the game for large spells. We just shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times.

“We’ve probably made it more difficult for ourselves, having to go there for a replay.

“Hopefully we can take the fans that we brought here because it does make it difficult.

“A lot of things were in their favour today. Five-thousand away fans, a new manager, their tails up and a big cup tie.

“Hopefully we can take our support to their stadium and show what we’re about and hopefully get the win and get us through to the next round.”

Evatt admitted Wanderers didn’t move the ball quickly enough after the break to make their possession pay with a winner.

But he was delighted to see Elias Kachunga register his first goal for the club and Doyle claim a first from open play since the end of August as he moved to five for the season with a high-quality team goal.

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“It’s good for Kacha,” Evatt added. “He needed that. He’s been doing lots more good work of late but we need him to start chipping in with goals.

“He has a responsibility. He’s in a forward area of the pitch.

“It’s great for Eoin to get one from open play.

“He’s got knocks and bruises but he keeps trying his very best for us and getting in himself in goalscoring positions and today he’s managed to do that.

“It was excellent play. That’s what we’re capable of and we just need to do that more.”

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


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