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Evatt: Still More To Do

Boss pleased with progress but not fully satisfied yet as Wanderers aim to extend run

4 February 2022

Ian Evatt doesn’t want the ride to end but knows it won’t be plain-sailing at the seaside.

Wanderers head to Morecambe on Saturday as one of the form teams of League One after four successive wins.

That run – with no goals conceded – has propelled the Whites back into the top half of the table.

And Evatt is continuing to look up as he strives for constant improvement.

“We need to carry on this good vibe. You have to work hard to win football matches, though,” said the Wanderers’ boss.

“It doesn’t come easy. You have to earn the right in every game and we’ve got to do that again on Saturday.

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“Everyone wants to continue runs. Unfortunately, every run has come to an end.

“For now, we are focused on trying to carry it on as long as we possibly can.

“We’re in a much better place than we were a month ago.

“We’re pleased with where we’re at but for us and Bolton Wanderers and where I want to take this club the table isn’t enough.

“We don’t want to be mid-table, we want to keep working hard and finish as high as we possibly can. There are still a lot of points to play for.”

Wanderers have hit 11 goals without reply in their last four games with a side re-vitalised by new signings and the return of key players.

And with the points racking up, it’s been a case of quality and quantity for the new-look Whites.

“We’re a team now where I think people are seeing what we’re trying to do,” added Evatt, who will have deadline-day signing Kyle Dempsey available for the first time and Kieran Lee back in his squad for the trip to Morecambe.

“We’ve recruited energy and speed into the team. We’re a team that gets bums on the edge of seats and that’s what we want to be.

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“We want to be entertaining and with the atmosphere of the last couple of home games in particular, our fans are enjoying watching us play and that’s what’s important.

“They work very hard to earn money to watch us play and buy merchandise from this football club and the least we can do is do our best to entertain them and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

Wanderers sold out their allocation of 1,700 tickets for Saturday’s game in under three hours as the travelling fans continue to turn out in force.

Their last trip saw them celebrate a 1-0 win at Shrewsbury and, despite Morecambe’s position in the bottom four, Evatt is demanding no drop in standards from his side as they look to make it another successful away-day.

“Each game is going to throw up a different challenge. For me, it’s mind and mentality over matter on Saturday,” he said.

“We must go with the correct mindset and mentality to go and win the game and perform the way we have done these last four games.

“They are a team very much in touch and capable of staying up with some very good players.

 “We’re going to have to find a way to win. It might not be our usual fluid attacking game but we have to make sure we are positive and we keep doing the things we’ve been doing and set the right standards.

“And if we do that, we can hopefully get three points.”

To watch the manager's pre-match interview, click HERE


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