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Bench In Safe Hands

Evatt backs management team to help deal with touchline ban

18 October 2021

Ian Evatt insists Wanderers will be in good hands as he is forced to watch Tuesday night’s game at Plymouth from a distance.

Evatt will be at Home Park as his side looks to bounce back from their derby loss to Wigan Athletic.

But receiving a fourth yellow card of the season against the Latics means the Wanderers’ boss must serve a touchline ban.

He is expected to take a seat in the directors’ box with operations from the technical area being led by assistant-manager Peter Atherton and first-team coach Sam Hird.

“Peter (below) and Sam are very good and very calm and Peter will give them the same information I will give – probably in a slightly different tone!” said Evatt.

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“We will get around it and we will work out the logistics. It’s about focusing on the game and making sure we play to our strengths.”

Evatt will be permitted in the dressing room and will conduct all Wanderers’ pre-match preparations as they look for a fourth away win of the season.

But he admits he needs to brush up on his disciplinary record to try and avoid further punishments.

“That’s something I have to look at and improve on,” Evatt added.

“I’m a young manager. People forget I’m only 39 – a novice. I’ve had a lot of success very early on but I’m not the finished article and I need to improve and that’s something I need to look at.

“I shouldn’t be getting yellow carded and that’s cost our team on Tuesday night – me not being in the technical area to support them.”

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Wanderers have also been hit with a suspension on the pitch, with defender Ricardo Santos unavailable to face the League One leaders after collecting his fifth caution of the season in Saturday’s 4-0 loss to Wigan.

That will mean another change to a back four also missing full-backs Gethin Jones and Declan John against the Latics.

Midfielder Kieran Lee was another injury absentee and Evatt isn’t expecting any of the trio back to face an Argyle side unbeaten in League One since the opening day of the season.

“It doesn’t look like it,” he said.

“We’re missing Ricco as well now so it never rains but it pours but we’re not going to make excuses.

“Saturday wasn’t good enough and every football club has to deal with injuries. Yes, we had a really rough week but it is what it is and we have to adapt and overcome.”


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