Opportunity Knocks For Whites

Ian Evatt believes Wanderers’ form figures have given them a chance to keep piling the pressure on the play-off pack.

No side in League One has taken more points from their last 10 games than Wanderers.

A haul of 25 points from eight wins and a draw has lifted Evatt’s to 10th place in a congested table.

They have got themselves to within five points of the League One play-off places and Evatt believes the top-six will still be in sight regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s visit to promotion-chasing MK Dons.

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“I said to the staff in the middle of our recruitment at the beginning of January that by the end of February we’ll know what our season is going to end up like and what it is going to look like. I think that’s the case,” said the Wanderers’ boss.

“I think we’ve given ourselves a huge opportunity, win, lose or draw on Saturday.

“I must stress that the wins that we’ve had, regardless of the result on Saturday, we still have a chance.

“But obviously a win would be great for confidence and hopefully we close that gap even more.

“We don’t go anywhere to draw. We’ll be going to MK to try and win the game, that’s just the way we are. It’s the way we see the game and hopefully we can do it.

“Let’s try and finish the season the same run we’re on now and if we can do that we’ve got a good opportunity.”

Wanderers play their eighth and final game of February at Stadium MK before getting a mid-week breather ahead of a trip to Gillingham on Saturday-week.

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Victory at third-placed MK Dons would be another major marker from the Whites, who have bounced back from their only defeat in 10 games with successive home wins inside the past week.

A total of 25 goals in their last 10 games is another division-high for the Whites and Evatt - who will have captain Ricardo Almeida Santos back in his squad - is looking to keep competing with the best as the run-in hots up.

He added: “We are a newly-promoted team. It takes time to build some momentum and some quality in the squad to be able to compete at this level.

“This is a good league this season. The standard and quality of teams in this league is getting higher and higher.

“We’re one of those teams and hopefully we can carry on this good run and finish for something to shout about.

“But for now we’re a long way off. We’ve got to concentrate on MK on Saturday and hopefully go there and get the win.”

Watch the manager's pre-match interview HERE

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