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Evatt: The Platform's In Place

Manager happy with building process as Whites aim to revive push

18 February 2022

Ian Evatt believes the building blocks are in place for Wanderers to keep climbing as his side returns home to try and continue their push for a play-off place.

Wanderers face AFC Wimbledon on Saturday when Evatt’s men will go in search of a fifth successive win at the University of Bolton Stadium.

The Whites still have an eight-point gap to try and bridge with the top six with 14 games to play.

But after seeing his side win six of their last eight games, Evatt is happy to be in contention and looking up again.

“A month ago it didn’t seem at all possible, so I’m happy that we are being spoken about that we could potentially get in there,” said the Wanderers’ boss.

“But we’re a long way off. There are some good teams ahead of us and we’ve got lots of work to.

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“The most important thing for me is that we’re building platforms and foundations for the future.

“If it’s this year or next, it’s important that we get this club back to the Championship and that’s what we’re trying to.

“That’s the squad we’re trying to build and I think everyone can see now the squad we’ve got is strong and capable of performing and getting results week-in, week-out at this level.”

Wanderers had been on an unbeaten seven-game sequence before their mid-week loss at Burton Albion.

They have the chance to re-launch a run with back-to-back home fixtures against Wimbledon and Lincoln City next Tuesday night.

But despite the Dons’ position just one point above the drop-zone, Evatt knows nothing is certain in League One as he aims for a winning start to the double-header.

“We’ve seen up and down the league, week-in, week-out there have been some strange results and it can be really challenging,” he added.

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“We’re not going to rest on our laurels. We’re not saying it’s a gimme.

“We know Wimbledon are a good team with some good players and some good threats but we are confident if we play to our levels we can get the right result.”

Wanderers can’t afford many more slips if they are to keep alive the prospect of back-to-back promotions.

But the manager insists the target remains the same as his side aims to keep piling up the points.

“It’s a huge ask but we are capable. We lost on Tuesday but it doesn’t mean the end to our season,” said Evatt, who is expected to have defender Gethin Jones back in his squad.

“It just makes it slightly more challenging and difficult.

“But we know what we need to do. We’ve got a number in our heads we need to get to and Saturday is the start of that.”

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