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Evatt's Focus On Football

Boss looking forward to home return and chance to add to winning run

8 February 2022

Ian Evatt is relishing the prospect of another big night at the University of Bolton Stadium as Wanderers aim to stay on a roll.

Evatt’s men will be going in search of a fourth successive home win they take on an in-form Charlton side locked together with the Whites just inside the top half of the table.

Wanderers have hit 10 goals without reply in their last three home games and Evatt wants more of the feel-good factor back on home soil following the unsavoury scenes that marred Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Morecambe.

“We’re looking forward to that. We’re sports’ people and we want to play the game,” said the Wanderers’ boss.

“I want to manage the team and watch them play and enjoy themselves.

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“It was emotional on Saturday for many reasons. We have to put that behind us now.

“We’re professionals and we need to focus on Charlton.

“We have to continue our home form. The fans have been absolutely brilliant. The atmosphere they are creating for us – the players are really feeding off it and hopefully we can re-create that and put in another performance.”

Evatt’s side is above the Addicks on goals scored, helped by a 4-1 win at The Valley at the end of September.

Charlton have since changed their manager, with former playing favourite Johnnie Jackson in charge with the assistance of Evatt’s former Blackpool team-mate Jason Euell.

The pair have overseen three successive league wins but Wanderers – who also have a major new look since that victory south-east London – will be out to end that run as both sides aim to keep the play-off places in sight.

“They will have aspirations. It’s a big club in its own right. There are many of those in this league now,” added Evatt, whose men struck late on a stormy day at Morecambe to extend their own unbeaten run to five games after the game had been temporarily suspended.

“It’s going to be a challenge. They are powerful, good from set-plays have some attacking threats in the team.

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“We need to make sure we play to our best level and our best ability. If we do that I’m confident we can match anybody.

“But we have to channel our own emotions from the weekend into a good performance.

“In times of adversity it’s a true mark of how people come together and on Saturday it was one of the best things to come out of the day.

“The togetherness in the group and the way they came out and applied themselves to get a result there, with 10 men and against all odds, was fantastic.

“We have had (weather) conditions like that at Plymouth and at Fleetwood and we got rolled over.

“That doesn’t happen anymore. These boys fight and have grit and determination.

“Good teams always find a way and that could end up being a very important point.”

Wanderers finished the game at Morecambe with 10 men following the dismissal of Ricardo Almeida Santos but the skipper and defensive talisman will be available to face Charlton after his red card for handball was over-turned on appeal.

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


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