Evatt: Cup Win Will Give Us Confidence

Ian Evatt was delighted to see the goals start to flow again as Wanderers served up a confidence-boosting Papa Johns Trophy win.

The Whites eased to a 4-1 victory over Crewe Alexandra to put their first three points on the board in Group B.

Dion Charles netted twice in an impressive performance from the bench as Wanderers scored three times in the final quarter of an hour.

Kieran Sadlier also added to Amadou Bakayoko’s earlier opener as the Whites over-powered the League Two Railwaymen.

And after seeing his side draw blanks in three of their last four League One games, Evatt welcomed the return to form in front of goal ahead of Saturday’s visit of Charlton Athletic.

“We have been struggling for goals, which isn’t like us. It’s not from the lack of creativity and creating chances,” said the Wanderers’ boss.

“We’ve just not been taking them. Tonight we took them better and we can still be even better with that.

“There’s a lot of work going into it, but they should take confidence from that performance because I thought it was excellent.

“I thought some of our football was breath-taking at times.

Charles Iredale celebration.jpg

“I was still annoyed with the goal we conceded and the fact that we had so many chances it could have been a lot more than it was.

“But I thought the way we moved the ball and looked after the ball at times they found it very hard to cope and manage us and in the last 20 minutes they were fatigued and we really took advantage.

“It was a good performance and we can take that confidence into Saturday.”

Evatt gave game-time to much of his squad on a night of high entertainment.

And while Lloyd Isgrove’s planned return was put on ice by a short-term foot problem, Josh Sheehan was back in action at the University of Bolton Stadium for the first time since scoring against Crewe in League One last November.

Sadlier celebration.jpg

The midfielder gave a polished performance for an hour following his recovery from knee surgery, while summer signing Eoin Toal also made the most of his first opportunity in a Wanderers’ shirt.

“It was brilliant for Josh to be back after so long,” added Evatt.

“He’ll take a real step forwards from that and you could still see the quality he provides.

“And I thought Eoin was excellent. I was really impressed with him.

“He hasn’t trained too much and hasn’t really done too much work on how we build out and how we play but I thought he took to it really well and you can see the qualities he’s going to bring for us.”

Read Time: 3 mins