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Midfielder and manager delighted with huge Family Day crowd

20 September 2021

The Wanderers’ dressing room hopes the fans will keep coming back for more after over 20,000 voted with their feet on Saturday.

The University of Bolton Stadium staged its biggest crowd since 2017 as a gate of 20,877 made the most of Family Day.

The home supporters weren’t rewarded with a win as Rotherham took the points from a 2-0 victory to end Wanderers’ unbeaten home start.

But midfield man MJ Williams hopes the level of support getting behind Ian Evatt and his men is a taste of things to come following an impressive start to life back on League One.

“They have been brilliant all season,” said Williams.

“Walking out and hearing the noise and seeing so many people. We want that every week.

“They have been doing that but there were a bit more of them on Saturday and we just want them to keep coming and support us because it really does lift us.

“Even when we go a goal down you can hear them reacting to it.

“They really do push us on and it gives us confidence because we want to give them something to shout about and make them proud and that’s what we are trying to do.

“I’m gutted we couldn’t give them the result they wanted but I’m sure come Saturday we’ll be back in a good place again.”

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Wanderers were undone by two quick-fire goals from Millers’ midfield man Ben Wiles, who pounced after the hosts failed to clear a throw-in and then nodded in following a corner.

But Evatt’s side didn’t go down without a fight as they looked to play their way back into the contest, Eoin Doyle going closest to pulling a goal back as the fans willed them on.

“I hope they have seen lots of good things we can do and lots of good things this team is about and what they try and do,” said Evatt.

“I don’t think the performance was bad by any means.

“Rotherham are a very strong team who were in the Championship last season and we should have got something from the game.

“We didn’t because we didn’t deal well enough with two set-pieces in the first half.”

Evatt’s men were also made to pay for not taking their own chances as they drew a blank a week after putting five past Ipswich in a memorable win at Portman Road.

“We had a lot of good opportunities and didn’t take one. That’s the difference and the harsh realities of football,” added the Bolton boss.

“Last week we took most of our chances. This week we didn’t take them and lost the game on set-plays.

“We are not going to get too down. We performed well again, I believe.

“It’s back to work and get ready for Sunderland.”

For the full interview with MJ Williams, see below:


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