George Thomason is backing the togetherness in the Wanderers’ squad to help bring a change of fortune and a move back up the League One table.
Ian Evatt’s men entertain Doncaster Rovers tonight (Tuesday) having slipped into the bottom half of the division on goal difference on the back of a testing run.
The Whites have been badly hit by injuries, with Evatt currently without more than half-a-dozen senior players.
But Wanderers didn’t go down without a fight at high-flying Wycombe last Saturday as they looked to bounce back from their FA Cup exit.
And Thomason is confident things will turn, with back-to-back home games against Doncaster and Cheltenham Town to follow the narrow 1-0 defeat at Adams Park.
“Most importantly we needed a reaction from what happened in mid-week in the Cup and I think we definitely gave that,” said the midfielder.
“I think we were unlucky not to get something because it was a real together performance.
“I think there were positives in that to kick on this week with two home games.
“We are down to a bit of a bare-bone squad at the moment but we’re all pulling together, working for one another and I think from the game at the weekend and the positives we can take, we’re looking forward to a good week.
“I think our luck is out a little bit at the moment but we’ll keep working hard and sticking together and what goes around comes around, I suppose.
“We might not have our bit of luck at the moment but once it does change, I have full belief in myself, the lads and the management team that we’ll turn this around and we’ll get on a good run of form.
“Football moves fast. It’s a quick-changing game and three points can lift that morale again within the squad, especially with the home games and the backing of the fans we have at home.
“If we win on Tuesday night – which I thoroughly believe we can – and bounce again on Saturday we’re suddenly climbing that league again.”
Josh Sheehan’s absence for the rest of the season with a knee injury, coupled with the loss of MJ Williams to a dislocated shoulder and the continued unavailability of Andrew Tutte have left Wanderers short of central midfield options.
But that has opened the door for Thomason to reclaim a starting place in the League and eye a sustained run of games.
And the 20-year-old, who recently signed a new, extended contract at the University of Bolton Stadium, is out to seize his chance and help Wanderers improve on a run of one win in seven league fixtures in the run-up to Christmas.
“The more experience I gain, the more confidence I get and feel,” added Thomason, who is looking to make his mark at League One level after playing a big part in the Whites’ promotion success last season.
“And with the group of lads around me I most definitely feel confident because they trust me and I trust them and they help bring the best out of me.
“It’s always good to have competition for places in the squad but when we have so many injuries at the moment and you’re called up to play, that’s all you thinking about – doing a job for the team and playing for the badge and helping one another out.
“We’ve been in a bit of a sticky patch but the wins I can hopefully help bring to the table will only kick us on.”