Away We Go

Ian Evatt wants his players to take their home form on the road to help them bring back a first away win of the season.

Wanderers go to Port Vale on Saturday looking to build on an unbeaten start to the campaign.

The Whites travel on the back of impressive home wins against Wycombe and then Salford City in the Carabao Cup – rattling in eight goals in two games at the University of Bolton Stadium.

And even though Evatt’s men started out with a decent point at Ipswich Town on the opening day of the League One campaign, the boss believes they can still get better.  

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“We’ve had two excellent home performances but we have to replicate the home form away, especially if we’re going to achieve anything this season,” said Evatt.

“I thought we let ourselves down at Ipswich but hopefully we can perform a lot better on Saturday at Port Vale.

“We have to focus on our performance levels away from home and try and reproduce what we have done over these last two games.

“What we have produced has been very good, although I know there’s a lot more to come.”

Wanderers have been no slouches on their travels with a six-game unbeaten away run behind them either side of the close season.

But their away record, albeit with vastly different personnel, in the first half of last season proved costly.

And Evatt wants to avoid a repeat by seeing his team continue to adapt to what’s needed to keep putting points on the board – continuing against a Vale side which won its opening league game after winning promotion via the League Two play-offs last season.

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“Away from home you need a different mind-set to be able to replicate what we’ve been doing here,” added the Whites' manager.

“You need to have that extra bit of focus, that extra bit of determination.

“And I think we’ve got that. I think the group are really hungry at the moment and they are willing to improve and wanting to improve and show everybody what they can do and how good they are.

“We will just keep working hard on the training pitch. It’s a difficult team to select again because everyone seems to be playing really well.

“But we’ll pick the right team for the right challenge and go again.

“It will be a completely different test and challenge to what we’ve faced the last two games. History says it’s an intimidating and difficult place to go.

“We know what to expect, we’ve just got to make sure we execute our game-plan, implement our style and idea and hopefully that’s enough.”

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