Iredale: It Will Come

Jack Iredale is confident Wanderers are close to getting it right as they bid to re-ignite their start to the campaign in the Papa Johns Trophy.

The Whites suffered a third successive defeat when they went down 2-0 at Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.

A first away loss since February followed a Carabao Cup exit to Premier League outfit Aston Villa and a first defeat of the season to fast-starting Sheffield Wednesday.

But Wanderers had the opportunities to take something from both League One games and led against Villa in the cup tie sandwiched in between.

And Iredale believes once things click back into place at both ends of the pitch and the winning feeling returns, Ian Evatt’s men can get on a roll again.

“We’re going to be frustrated every time we lose a game,” said the defender, who went close to his first Wanderers’ goal at Home Park as the Whites tried to make their territorial advantage count.  

“We’re creating the chances and we’ve got to take lessons from games like Saturday and I’m sure it’s going to come.

“In both boxes is something we’ve got to do better and something we know we’ve got to do better.

“And feel like when the first one does come it almost feels like the floodgates are going to open.

“We’re creating the chances – we’re not worried about that. We just know that situations like Saturday can’t happen.”

Wanderers remain in the top 10 after taking eight points from their opening six league games, which have included three fixtures against sides currently in the top five.

The Whites play their eighth and final game of a busy August against Crewe Alexandra in the Papa Johns Trophy at the University of Bolton Stadium on Tuesday night.

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And while the competition isn’t top of the priorities, Iredale knows a winning start to the group is important.

“Winning is a great habit to have and it’s a game we’re not going to be taking lightly and a game everyone is looking forward to,” he added.

“It’s been a really tough month. I feel like we’ve had as tough fixtures as anyone in the league.

“But that’s no excuse. With the squad we’ve got, we feel we can compete with anyone in this league and can beat anyone in this league.

“It’s not panic stations, but we know we need to be picking up results against teams that should be and expect to be in and around us in the league.”

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