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Evatt: There's Lots To Be Happy About

Boss delighted with fourth straight win but still wants more

2 February 2022

Ian Evatt believes there is still more to come from his side which is back in the top half of League One after a fourth successive win.

Wanderers ended Cambridge’s five-game unbeaten league run with an impressive 2-0 victory which lifted Evatt’s men above the U’s and into 11th-place in the table.

Goals from Amadou Bakayoko and Dapo Afolayan set up a third straight home win.

And with goalkeeper James Trafford recording a history-making fourth successive clean sheet at the start of his Wanderers’ career, it was another big night at the University of Bolton Stadium.

“Credit to the fans tonight,” said Evatt.

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“After Saturday it would have been difficult for the players to get going again but the atmosphere they created was fantastic and you can really start to feel that connect again – that connection between players and fans.

“This place can be a real fortress when the fans make it like that and the players perform like that.

“I’m delighted with another clean sheet. I’m delighted with four wins but the exciting part for me is there’s loads more to come and things we can tighten up on.

“There’s lots to be happy about but we know there’s lots more work to come.

“We want to carry on. We want more. We want to make hay while the sun is shining and we are playing well at the moment.

“We have got a really good squad of players that are very much together and things are looking bright.”

Wanderers couldn’t match the six goals they put past Sunderland at the weekend but looked just as threatening in wrapping up a seventh home success of the season.

And Evatt believes the competition for places in his squad following a successful January transfer window will keep driving the Whites on as they prepare for Saturday’s trip to Morecambe.

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“I think in the first half that’s as good we’ve been for a long, long time – barring the goals,” added the Wanderers’ boss.

“We had so many chances and it felt like it was never going to go in.

“I thought our football was excellent and they struggled to cope with it.

“The only thing that was missing was the goals. Fortunately, we got the goal before half-time and that kind of settled us down a little bit.

“We made things more difficult for ourselves in the second half but again there were some moments of real quality.

“Dapo’s goal was excellent and Jon (Bodvardsson) and Sads (Sadlier) came on and showed what they can do.

“With Kyle (Dempsey) available on Saturday and Kieran (Lee) back available on Saturday I’m going to have a few headaches – but bring them on.”

To watch the manager’s post-match interview, click HERE


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