Evatt Aims To Hit Home Run

Ian Evatt is relishing a return to home soil as Wanderers prepare for their first game at the University of Bolton for six weeks.

Evatt’s men entertain Wycombe tomorrow (Tuesday) night in a game re-arranged from December when Wanderers suffered three successive postponements due to COVID in the camp.

The Whites played back-to-back away games either side of their enforced lay-off and will welcome a return to home territory, where they are unbeaten since mid-October.

“It feels like we’ve just been playing away for the last two or three months in this spell,” said Evatt.

“We’ve not had a lot of football in the last four or five weeks, so we’re looking forward to getting back home.

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“We are unbeaten in five or six at home and we want to maintain that record as long as we possibly can.

“We love playing at home with a fantastic home crowd and a big, open, expansive pitch which really suits our style, so hopefully we can put in two very good performances.”

Wanderers face Ipswich Town on Saturday, with four of their next six fixtures at the UniBol.

But the immediate focus is on a Wycombe side, who won the reverse fixture 1-0 last November to launch a run of just one defeat in eight games to sit third in the League One table.

A solitary goal from Sam Vokes proved the difference at Adams Park and Evatt wants his side to show a more ruthless streak of their own to end a four-game losing run and produce more to show for their efforts.

“We should have got something out of the (Wycombe) game. We didn’t and, again, that’s happened far too often,” added the Wanderers’ boss, who is set to hand a home debut to recent striker signing Dion Charles and bring midfielder Kieran Lee back into a squad ready to start the second half of their league campaign.

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“We’ve been in the game in the majority of those big fixtures and we’ve had chances and not taken them.

“That’s the important thing in these games. You have to take your opportunities when you’re given them.

“Signing Dion is a part of that and looking to bring in more forwards to compete in that area.

“But for now, we have to start taking our opportunities and putting teams to the sword.

“If we can start taking these chances we will win a lot more games and things will look a lot better.

“Things are moving positively in January. There’s lots to look forward to and we must focus on getting back to us and winning games on a regular basis.

“We’ve got half a league season to go, lots to points to play for, lots of things still to play for and hopefully now we can build some momentum with some good results.”

To watch the manager's pre-match match interview, click HERE 

Tickets for Tuesday's game are still available with details available HERE

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