Evatt: Fans Can Play Their Part

Ian Evatt believes the Wanderers’ fans can play their part as the Whites go looking for their first away win of the campaign.

Ian Evatt’s men are unbeaten on the road so far with two draws from their opening two trips in League One.

Wanderers have had superb followings at both Ipswich and Port Vale and over 650 supporters are already booked to make the near 600-mile round trip to Plymouth Argyle to back the Whites at Home Park on Saturday.

And Evatt believes they can make a difference as he looks for the same kind of intensity – on and off the pitch – which saw his side take the fight to Aston Villa in their mid-week Carabao Cup tie.

“If we play our best game and we play to our level and our energy and intensity – how it was in the first 60 minutes against Aston Villa – I think we’re going to be a match for many teams,” said the Wanderers’ boss.

“It’s always difficult to replicate the home physical output because you’ve got the huge advantage of having the fans cheering you on.

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“But our away fans are always magnificent and I’m sure even with the length of journey on a Bank Holiday they’ll still travel in their numbers and give us great support.

“We must give them something to sing and shout about and get them energised by our performance level.”

Wanderers finally succumbed to a Villa fightback to go out of the cup after seeing their unbeaten start to the season ended by Sheffield Wednesday last weekend.

Plymouth are a point behind fourth-placed Wednesday – after winning three of their first five games – and one ahead of the seventh-placed Whites.

And Evatt knows his side must prove their credentials to be considered one of the promotion candidates.

“We haven’t got any entitlement or given right just to put ourselves in that hat,” he added.

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“We have to earn that right by our performance.

“There are lots of big clubs in this division and lots of people that will have the belief they can finish in the top six.

“We’re one of those clubs but it doesn’t give you a given right just because of the history of the club or the size of the club.

“It’s about how you perform on the pitch and we must make sure we perform well.

“Plymouth are a good side. They had a great season last season and they’ve started okay this season, too.

“We know what’s coming but we have to focus on our own performance levels and get back to winning ways.”

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