Ian Evatt praised Wanderers’ ruthless streak as his side regained the scoring touch in style to run riot at The Valley.
After drawing blanks in four of their last five league games, the Whites came from a goal down to thump Charlton Athletic 4-1.
And Evatt was delighted to see the return of Wanderers’ killer instinct as they bounced back from successive defeats to record a first win since thumping Ipswich Town 5-2 earlier this month.
“I was delighted with our performance at Sunderland on Saturday,” said Evatt, whose men moved up to seventh in the table on the back of a third away success of the season.
“In fact I thought it was better but we didn’t take our chances. Tonight we took them.
“I thought the players were outstanding – especially in the second half – and were clinical in front of goal.
“The way we move the ball, teams fatigue in the second half. You can’t press a team for a 90 minutes and then you take advantage once the spaces open up and we took advantage.
“We were ruthless in front of goal. We turned it on in the second half and blew them away.”
Evatt made four changes to his starting line-up as he dipped into Wanderers’ squad strength.
And the selection – and a half-time talking to – paid off as recalled midfielder Kieran Lee struck twice after the break following Dapo Afolayan’s first-half leveller.
Charlton’s early promise faded away as they were over-powered to remain in a tricky position in the bottom three.
And Antoni Sarcevic’s injuty-time strike then capped a near-perfect night in front of s superb travelling support.
“I thought everyone was outstanding,” added Evatt, who admitted to a few home truths in the dressing room durig the interval.
“Eoin Doyle didn’t score on Saturday and hasn’t scored again tonight but his work ethic for the team was absolutely brilliant.
“The team can’t function without that work ethic.
“One to 11 we were fantastic. We made some changes. The lads that came in took their opportunity and the ones that came out took it in the right manner, backed the players and supported them.
“We are a strong group, we’ve got some good characters. There’s a lots of hard work to come but hopefully we’ll have a good season.”