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Evatt: Performances Make Points

Boss looks to stay in the groove in bid to secure home win and stay on a roll

2 October 2021

Ian Evatt is looking for a home win to put another piece in Wanderers’ League One jigsaw.

The Bolton boss knows his side isn’t the finished article just 10 games into their return to the third tier.

But Wanderers have made pleasing progress following promotion and a second home win of the season against Shrewsbury Town on Saturday could take the Whites back into the play-off places by Saturday night.

“I think we’ve performed well in every home game really,” said Evatt, whose side has won one, lost one and drawn two of their first four home league fixtures.

“Obviously we were disappointed with the Rotherham result and the Burton one because we felt we’d done enough to win both games, really.

“But if we keep performing well – as we saw on Tuesday – performances then turn into points.

“So, it’s all about our performance on Saturday and if we can play to our standards then we are hopeful we can get all three.

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“I think sometimes because of the size of our club, people forget we’re a newly promoted team. We’ve only just come into League One so we’re still finding our way and finding our feet.

“But I think we’ve done okay. I still think we’ve left points out there and I still think there’s more to come.

“We have to have to that attitude. We’ve not cracked it by any means. We’re still humble, we still want to work hard on the training pitch.

“We recognise that there are improvements to come and we’ll keep striving to make sure they happen.”

Wanderers certainly looked the part on Tuesday night as they dismantled Charlton Athletic in the second half to run out 4-1 winners at The Valley.

The result left the Addicks stuck in the bottom three – two places below the Shrews, who are 21st in the table.

But after a slow start to the campaign, Town have lost only two of their last six league games.

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And Evatt knows his side can’t let their standards slip as they aim to keep up with the early pace-setters.

“This league is still very, very tight as we think it will be all season. It’s really competitive,” added the Bolton boss, who is expected to have winger Lloyd Isgrove back following a gash to the head and frontman Amadou Bakayoko available for the first time since August.  

“We have to keep going and this is another challenge. Hopefully we can answer it.

“Steve is a fantastically experienced manager, a good guy, and he will have his team well organised and making themselves hard to beat – especially here – so we will have to find the right answers and solutions to that problem.

“It’s more about us and how we play and if we can play to our levels then we are hopeful we can get three points.”

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