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Evatt: One Of The Good Days

Boss delighted with progress on and off the pitch as Whites record outstanding first win

6 August 2022

Ian Evatt hailed one of the good days as his Wanderers’ team made a near perfect home start.

A crowd of almost 17,500 were served up a treat at the University of Bolton Stadium as the Whites beat Wycombe 3-0 with midfield men Kyle Dempsey – with two – and Aaron Morley sharing the goals.

The impressive victory ended a four-game losing record against the Chairboys, who reached last season’s League One play-off final.

And Evatt was delighted to see hard work on and off the pitch pay dividends as his side made it four points from their opening two games.

“The club’s in a really good, positive place and hopefully we can now keep moving forwards,” said the Wanderers’ boss.

“The football is the biggest part of this football club but so much hard work goes on behind the scenes.

“Thanks to the groundsman – a wonderful pitch prepared for us.

“The way the stadium has been spruced up, the Fan Zone opening. All the contractors and the full-time staff that don’t get singled out. They deserve immense credit.

“Neil (Hart) is heading all of that and the board are backing projects and really putting this club back on the map again.

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“Football is great when it goes like that and, as a football club, in the two years I’ve been here, today was one of those good days.

“You can enjoy those as football fans and regardless of my job title I am a football fan and I enjoyed that today.”

Dion Charles was ruled out with a thigh injury which is expected to keep the striker out for a week or so and captain Ricardo Almeida Santos had to overcome a late injury scare surrounding a foot problem to help Wanderers keep a clean sheet.

But with Jack Iredale enjoying a fine debut and Dempsey making an outstanding first start of the season to claim his first goals in a Wanderers’ shirt, the Whites again underlined their playing strengths.

“I don’t think there was one player out there you could think under-performed and that’s a sign of a good performance,” added Evatt.

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“We’ve got some really good players that haven’t been involved today and who have come off the bench.

“We’re a good squad. We’ve just got to keep everyone in one piece and keep everyone pushing in the same direction.

“If we do that, it’s hopefully going to be a successful and a good season. But we’ve got lots of work to do.

“It’s very much a work in progress. I’m pleased with today but it only counts for three points.

“We’ve got to go again on Tuesday and win the cup match.”


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