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Evatt: The Lads Are Giving Everything

Boss delighted with fightback as Wanderers earn a point from thrilling 2-2 draw

27 November 2021

Ian Evatt believes his players couldn’t have given any more after twice coming from behind to extend their unbeaten home run.

Wanderers were down to their last 12 fit and available senior players and twice trailed to a Cheltenham Town side seeking a fourth successive win.

But Xavi Amaechi’s first goal for the club on his full debut and a superb second-half equaliser from Elias Kachunga – to take his tally to four in six games – earned Evatt’s men a 2-2 draw as they extended their unbeaten home record to five games.

It could have been even better as captain Rico Almeida Santos was denied his first Bolton goal by an errant off-side flag.

But Evatt had no other complaints as the Whites produced a high-quality attacking performance as they close in on the end of a hectic month which ends with next Tuesday night’s visit of Fleetwood Town in the Papa John’s Trophy.

“The lads are giving us absolutely everything,” said the Wanderers’ boss.

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“They’re tired, they’re out on the feet at the end but they’re still pushing for that winner.

“Everyone 1-11 have given us absolutely everything. We can’t ask for many effort. I’m disappointed with the two goals we conceded – especially the second one when we’ve taken over the game.

“But to rally ourselves and not be beaten is a positive.

“I do feel like there’s a real togetherness there at the minute and I do feel there’s a bit of a siege mentality that’s been created.

“It speak volumes that with so many players out and only 12 fit seniors that we’ve performed so well today.

“I’m disappointed not to win it really. But that’s just the way we are.

“We want to win every game we play. We feel we did enough to win it. We didn’t but we have to recover and go again on Tuesday night.”

After falling behind to the first of two goals from Robins’ livewire Alfie May, the Whites hit back through Amaechi.

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The on-loan Hamburg winner lit up the University of Bolton Stadium after recovering from the foot injury he sustained in pre-season.

And Evatt believes there’s plenty more to come from the 20-year-old, who Wanderers hope will extend his initial loan spell which expires in January.

“He’s going to get better and better but I think everyone can see, the boy can play,” Evatt added.

“When we signed him he was a huge signing for us. He’s got a lot of talent, a lot of ability.

“I thought we saw flashes of absolute brilliance. And that’s what he’ll give us. He has ‘X’ factor and hopefully he’ll get fitter and stronger and really push on for the remainder of the season.”

Evatt also delivered an upbeat bulletin on midfielder MJ Williams, who does not require surgery on the shoulder he dislocated last weekend.

“It’s more like three weeks than three months, which is good news at the minute,” Evatt said.

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


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