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Evatt Has Decisions To Make

Squad strength gives boss welcome options as Wanderers aim to extend winning run

3 February 2022

Ian Evatt has welcomed his selection teasers as he plots a way to make it a high five for Wanderers.

Evatt’s men go to Morecambe on Saturday in search of a fifth successive win.

Play-maker Kieran Lee returns to the squad after being rested for the Whites’ mid-week victory over Cambridge United.

And deadline-day signing Kyle Dempsey is also available for the first time to give Evatt another tantalising choice in midfield as his side looks to overcome a Morecambe outfit fighting doggedly for their lives to continue their surge up the table.

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“We’ve got a squad of players who are all chomping at the bit and ready to play and make an impression – especially the new ones, so we’ve got decisions to make,” said the Wanderers’ boss, who has guided the Whites back into the top half of League One.

“We’ll take each game as it comes, really, and see the opponents and strengths, weaknesses and pick a team accordingly.

“We’ve got some good options. We’re pleased with everybody, we’re pleased with the business we’ve done, pleased with the returning players and we’re pleased with the run we’re on.

“But we’re hungry for more and want to carry on winning games. We’ve got lots of hard work to go but the boys are really bouncing at the moment.

“It’s great to have options and then I have to pick the right team for the right game.

“It’s going to be a challenging game on Saturday – a different type of game to what we’ve had at home but we have to go there with the right mind-set and personality and attack the game the best we can and try and get the three points.”

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Evatt is building up genuine strength in depth thanks to a successful transfer window that saw the arrival of seven new faces.

Xav Amaechi also extended his loan stay until the end of the season and the winger edged back nearer towards first-team contention for the first time since December with an hour-long run out in the Reserves at Lostock.

Joel Dixon, Liam Gordon, Alex Baptiste and George Thomason also figured in the 4-1 Central League Cup loss to Burnley’s U23s, who struck three times after the senior men began to make way.

“They need to be sharp and ready when they’re called upon. I thought their attitude was excellent," added Evatt.

“It’s always difficult,  those types of games. But I thought they conducted themselves really well.

“Xav was fine. It’s just football fitness really for him now.”


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