Evatt Sets Festive Focus

Ian Evatt believes Wanderers are well placed for a mid-winter push as they head back to the University of Bolton Stadium.

The Whites face Bristol Rovers on Friday night in a first home league game since the end of October.

Evatt’s men could go as high as fourth in the League One table with a fourth win in six league games.

And Evatt is hoping to keep the momentum going at a traditionally pivotal point of the season.

“It feels like this season’s being going on forever and we’re not even half-way there yet. There are lots of points to be played for,” said the Wanderers’ boss.

“We feel like we’ve made a solid start and we feel there’s more to come.

“We’re in the top six, with a game less than most of the others, and we’re in a good position.

“We think we’re still slightly under-achieving performance-wise from where we believe we can get to, but we’ve still managed gain some good results of late and we’re concentrating on having a really good December.

“That can set you up for the rest of the season and, historically, my teams seem to finish seasons pretty strongly, so hopefully we’re in a good position to kick on.”

Wanderers lost only three times in their final 22 games of last season but were left playing catch-up after a tough run either side of Christmas.

That coincided with injury problems and Covid in the camp with the Whites playing just two games last December.

They are scheduled to play half-a-dozen times this month – including a last-16 tie in the Papa Johns Trophy.

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And the Whites go into December in good shape after their dramatic 2-1 win at Fleetwood Town a fortnight ago.

“I think we’ve taken on average two points a game from the last six games, which is promotion form if you maintain that for the whole season,” added Evatt.

“We know some performances haven’t been great, but we know we’ve still managed to gain some results around that.

“And then we thought at Fleetwood, in particular, in the second half we were excellent.

“I thought we dominated the game and showed some real good signs of being back to our very best. Hopefully that will continue this Friday.”

Tickets for the game are still available HERE and if you can’t make it to the University of Bolton Stadium the match will be streamed live via iFollow BWFC with a £10 match pass available HERE

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