The Eyes Have It!

Ian Evatt says his players look like they mean business as they aim to extend their winning home streak.

Wanderers face Morecambe at the University of Bolton Stadium tonight (Tuesday) when they bid to make it a hat-trick of home wins this season.

Evatt’s men – who have lost only once on their own turf since January – are unbeaten so far this campaign after picking up successive league wins away from home.

And the Whites’ boss is liking what he’s seeing.

“I see a different look in the players’ eyes this season. There’s a steely look, which I’m really loving at the moment,” said Evatt.

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“I think they’ve got an incredible amount of belief, an incredible amount of confidence and there’s a real togetherness there. They can see that – even the lads on the bench.

“Dapo, unfortunately, was sacrificed at half-time because of the situation on Saturday and he’s up on the side shouting and supporting his team-mates and it’s great to see.

“There was Kacha, as well, who didn’t get on. He’s stood on the side warming up and supporting his team-mates and giving information out.

“It’s good to see them encouraging and helping each other. It matters to us all and I’m really liking what I’m seeing from them this season.”

Wanderers certainly had to show their collective spirit and dig deep to secure a point at Port Vale last Saturday where they played for almost an hour in sweltering conditions with 10 men.

Ricardo Almeida Santos’ controversial red card means the defender misses the visit of Morecambe, who have drawn two and lost one of their opening three league games.

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Wanderers are one of only half-a-dozen unbeaten sides in the division and Evatt is looking to extend that record as his side faces three successive home games in league and cup.

“I think we’re in a good place. Nothing has changed that,” he added.

“I’m obviously disappointed with only the one point on Saturday but probably in the circumstances it was the best result, really.

“We’ve got a real big three games to come with Morecambe, then Sheffield Wednesday and the big cup game against Aston Villa, so very much looking forward to it.

“The club in general is in a really good place at the moment.

“I think the team is performing well, the squad is strong, the fan-base is incredible – the way they’re backing the team – and there are lots of things happening off the pitch which is really positive for the football club.

“It’s a really good place to be but in these good times and these good spells you need to really capitalise and that’s what we need to do these next three games.”

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