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Double Delight For Evatt

Boss pleased with set-piece winner as battling Whites repeat Charlton victory

8 February 2022

Ian Evatt welcomed the win and the way his team got it as Wanderers picked up another precious three points.

Wanderers couldn’t match the performance levels of their recent home outings but still managed to make it four wins in a row at the University of Bolton Stadium thanks to a 2-1 victory over Charlton Athletic.

The winning home run looked set to come to an end when Charlton substitute Chuks Aneke cancelled out Dion Charles’ early strike with a quarter of an hour to go.

But Evatt’s men dug deep to grab a winner thanks to Will Aimson’s glancing header from an Aaron Morley free-kick as the defender notched his first goal in a Wanderers’ shirt.

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“Credit to Charlton. They made it very difficult for us,” said Evatt, whose side remains 10th in the table but with the play-off pack in sight.

“I thought it was a hard-fought, close game with very few chances.

“We looked jaded and a yard off the pace. We’re a high-tempo, high-energy team and tonight the snap wasn’t quite there but we found a way to win.

“We keep harping on to the players about the importance of set-plays and set-pieces and tonight it’s won us the game.

“It’s been a long, long time since we’ve played poorly and won a game, so I’m pleased with that.

“We know we can be loads better than that. The most positive thing is we’ve won the game.

“To win five games out of six in this league and draw the other one is really tough.

“Two years ago, if you’d have said we would have done the double over Charlton Athletic I think everyone would have bitten your hand off, so that’s got to be a positive and we’ll move on now to a difficult game on Saturday.”

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Wanderers - who won 4-1 at Charlton at the end of September - go to Oxford United at the weekend with the chance to close the gap on one of the sides currently in the play-off places.

The fifth-placed U’s are currently 11 points clear of Wanderers, having played a game more.

And Evatt is full of praise for the way his players have racked up the wins to keep things interesting.    

“It’s tough to keep backing up, especially with February and how many games we’ve got and different opposition and different challenges,” added the Whites’ boss.

“They’re all giving their everything at the moment. To go on a run like we have and win five out of the last six is really tough in this division.

“I’m delighted for them but we’ve got lots of work to do.

“We’re nowhere near where we want to be but, for now, we have to enjoy this good run of form and make sure we try and keep it going for as long as we possibly can.”


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