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Proud Day For Evatt As Wanderers Win Again

Super-sub Bodvarsson strikes twice as strong-finishing Whites mark Family Day in style

18 April 2022

Boss Ian Evatt spelled out his determination to keep Wanderers moving upwards after overseeing another home win front of over 19,000 fans.

Evatt’s side beat neighbours Accrington Stanley 3-1 with Jon Dadi Bodvarsson coming off the bench to score two cracking goals in the final 25 minutes to seal the points.

Bodvarsson’s double – following Dapo Afolayan’s first-half strike – sent the fans home happy following another superb response to a cut-price ticket offer on another Family Day.

“We had 19,000 here today watching two teams with little to play for and that’s credit to our magnificent fans,” said Evatt.

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“It’s absolutely amazing what we’re doing here and the fan base and the support.

“We can play better than that but they’ve seen a team win, which is good, and seen that what we’re trying to do are the right things.

“As a football club, I’m immensely proud of what we’re doing on and off the pitch.

“The connection with our fan base and the young fans – seeing them wearing Bolton kits – is what matters to me and us in the community.

“We’re building that all the time. It’s a great place to be involved in. I’m immensely proud I’ve got the job I have and we will do the best we can to get this club back where it belongs.”

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Wanderers have missed out on a play-off place this time around in their first season back in League One.

But they remain on course for a possible top-10 finish after extending their unbeaten run to six matches thanks to another power-packed finish.

“We’re a newly-promoted team and 67 points with two to play is certainly a good effort,” added Evatt, whose side made it two wins in four days following their Good Friday success at Doncaster Rovers.

“We’ve lost three games since mid-January. In half a season that’s title-winning form.

“In any normal season 72 points has had you in there and we’d still have a chance of achieving that.

“It’s not one of those seasons and we’ve not quite been good enough. We have to be humble enough to admit that but there’s lots of progress and lots to look forward to.

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“We want to finish strongly and build momentum for next season.

“I’m pleased with the win because they asked us a lot of questions and made it difficult for us at times.

“But we’ve got that confidence now that we can score at any point – especially late in games.

“When you’ve got players who can come and affect it off the bench, regardless of who I start, is a real bonus for us.

“Jon was absolutely fantastic when he came on. The big man’s on fire. He was outstanding on Friday and didn’t get any goals.

“Today he got the goals he probably deserved then, so I’m delighted with him and delighted with the win.”

Watch the manager's post-match interview HERE


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