Evatt Ready For Big Week

Ian Evatt wants to end a big month on a high as Wanderers aim to keep firing on all fronts.

The Whites have enjoyed an unbeaten run through a busy August which has brought them seven points from three League One games and progress in the Carabao Cup.

A demanding schedule continues with a home visit from Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday before Evatt’s men entertain Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup next Tuesday night.

Wanderers then hit the road to go to Plymouth Argyle on the Bank Holiday weekend and Evatt knows he will have to dig deep into his playing resources in a bid to keep the momentum going.

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“We’ve got a really big week coming up now to finish this month strong,” said the Wanderers’ boss, whose side will be playing their sixth game in 22 days after starting the season with a draw at Ipswich at the end of July.

“Hopefully we can get the results we need to, number one, keep our position in the league table and then, hopefully on the back of that, get through to the next round of the Carabao Cup.

“It’s been tough – unforgiving. But we knew that which is why we’ve got a really good squad with lots of depth and the players who are stepping in week-on-week are doing really and performing well.

“I’m not surprised by that and it’s going to be challenging to pick teams for these games.

"I do feel we’re having better, energetic performances due to the fact we’re able to make changes, and so many and so often. Hopefully that will continue and we’ll keep performing well.”

Captain Ricardo Almeida Santos returns from suspension for the visit of a Wednesday side which lost its first game of the season in mid-week.

Striker Dion Charles is also expected to be back in the Whites’ squad for the first time since the opening day after recovering from a thigh injury.

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And Evatt knows his side will have to be at its best to overcome the Owls in front of what’s expected to be another bumper crowd at the University of Bolton Stadium.

“Hopefully we can have one of our biggest post-Premier League crowds. Can we get past that 22,000 to really have this place rocking and make it really difficult for them?” added Evatt, whose side sits fourth in the table on the back of their unbeaten start.

“That’s why we’re in the game, to play in these big games.

“It’s a great opportunity for the players to go out and show what we’ve been doing and keep performing well in front of big crowds.

“Hopefully we’ll get another home win and another home performance but it’s going to be a really difficult game.

“They’re a very good team, with a really good guy in Darren (Moore) who’s in charge of them.

“We have to be the best version of ourselves and play to our standard and our level and if we do that we give ourselves a chance.”

Wanderers’ five biggest attendances since relegation from the Premier League in 2012 are:

  1. 4/5/2013 v Blackpool – 24,844
  2. 1/4/2017 v Chesterfield – 23,376
  3. 26/12/2014 v Blackburn Rovers – 23,203
  4. 30/4/2017 v Peterborough United – 22,590
  5. 26/12/2012 v Sheffield Wednesday – 22,292


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