Ian Evatt hailed the strength in depth in his squad as the Whites ‘got angry’ to complete a five-star showing in the Carabao Cup.
Wanderers came from behind to over-power League Two side Salford City and book their place in the second round of the Carabao Cup with a sparkling 5-1 win.
Five different players got on the scoresheet after Evatt had made eight changes from the side that started last Saturday’s 3-0 League One win over Wycombe.
“It just shows the depth we’ve got. To make eight changes and still perform like that is excellent,” said the Wanderers’ boss.
“I’ve said this season we’ve got a very strong squad with very little drop-off and that was a case in point.
“I think their goal probably helped us. It almost made us angry and we started playing angry. Our intensity and speed of play was much improved.
“We went through the gears and there were some fantastic goals. The second goal was 31 passes and 32 putting it in the net, so you won’t see many better team goals than that.
“If ever there was going to be a goal that defines who we are and what we are and how we want our team to play it was that goal – a brilliant goal.
“In the second half we were incisive and clinical but credit to them, they are a good team and pose you questions.
“We had to be really on our game and thankfully we were.”
After Elias Kachunga had nodded the equaliser Wanderers led 2-1 at the break as Bodvarsson rounded off a superb passing move.
And Wanderers then ensured their name would be in Wednesday night’s draw as Kieran Sadlier fired the third before substitutes Conor Bradley – with a spectacular first senior goal – and Dapo Afolayan rounded off the scoring.
“You have to share it around,” added Evatt, who confirmed that Wanderers are hoping to get George Thomason’s late red card for a tackle on City full-back Luke Bolton overturned.
“Every team wants a 20 goal-a-season striker but if we can share it around it takes the pressure off our centre-forwards.
“We’ve got a good group of forwards but a good group of players that all progress and move forwards and look to score goals, so five different scorers is very pleasing.
“We’ve got a good squad of players and we’re going to attack every competition we’re in this season.
“We just want to win as much as we possibly we can and we want good cup runs.
“It’s unlikely we’re going to win these cup competitions but the further you go the more lucrative it is for the football club and that’s important as well.”