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Evatt: Time To Stick Together

Boss looks for fight to end losing run after 'tough 10 days'

19 October 2021

Boss Ian Evatt says Wanderers must ride out the storm after suffering a third successive defeat at a rain-lashed Plymouth.

Evatt’s men lost 3-0 to the League One leaders in a deluge in a Devon to extend their losing run.

The Whites have slipped to 11th place in the table ahead of Saturday’s visit of Gillingham.

And Evatt is calling for a united front to come through a testing spell that has taken some of the momentum out of an impressive start to the campaign.

“It’s tough. We’ve had a really difficult 10 days – as a group,” admitted the Bolton boss.

“It was never always going to be sweetness and light. We’re a newly-promoted team and we are going to have runs and spells like this.

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“It’s how we come together and fight and try and get the right result on Saturday.”

Evatt added: “We’ve got a nasty habit at the minute of getting behind in games and once we got behind, because we haven’t been scoring like we should, we seem to lack confidence and we lack a bit of belief.

“All we can do is keep our heads down, keep working hard and keep fighting and we will do.

“We’ve just lost the last three games and lost them without scoring. That’s 10 days of football and all of a sudden it feels like we’re on a really bad run and a really bad team.

“It’s not actually that bad. It’s been 10 days of football. We haven’t become a bad team. We’ve just lost a bit of belief and lost a bit of confidence and been on the rough end of a couple of poor results.

“We’ve had some really difficult fixtures these last couple of months. We just need to ride the storm and stick together as a playing squad, as the staff and as the fans behind us.

“And if we do that, we’ll get out of this run sooner rather than later.”

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Looking to bounce back from Saturday’s derby defeat to Wigan, Wanderers found themselves 2-0 down inside 15 minutes to a Plymouth side unbeaten at home this season.

Bolton hit back after the break with the wind and rain behind them but missed chances to get back into the contest as their lean streak continued.

“We didn’t start the game well enough,” admitted Evatt, who had to watch the game at Home Park from the stands.

“We were still trying to play out in conditions that weren’t conducive to that.

“We conceded from two poor set-plays and gave ourselves an uphill struggle. On the back of a hiding the last thing you want to do is concede early and concede again.

“We got to half time, had the conditions in our favour in the second half and you have to argue we had better moments than them in the entire game and, again, we didn’t take them.

“And then we got punished by an absolute comical goal at the end.”

Watch the manager’s post-match club interview HERE


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