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Evatt: It's One Step At A Time

Manager focused on Shrews as Wanderers aim to back up weekend win

21 January 2022

Ian Evatt isn’t looking any further than Saturday’s trip to Shrewsbury Town as Wanderers aim to keep climbing back up the League One table.

Evatt’s men are heading in the right direction following last weekend’s impressive 2-0 win over Ipswich earned them a first three points in six league games.

But despite a mathematical similarity with last season’s promotion success, Evatt insists the current journey will be taken one step at a time.

“It’s just one result and we need to get plenty of them from now until the end of the season,” said the Wanderers’ boss.

“We’re not going to talk about the future just yet. We’re just going to concentrate on the next game in front of us.

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“We want to go on a run but now we just need to focus on the next game.

“It’s the next-game mentality and mind-set and we have to go to Shrewsbury and have that same belief and confidence about us and try and get the right result.

“People try to get you to comment and even family members have said ‘have you seen at this stage last season you were exactly 14 points off and you’re exactly 14 points off again and does it (lightning) strike twice?’

“Well, no. We’ve got lots of hard work to do and if it was that easy I’d walk away now. It’s really not.

“We know what we’ve got in the dressing room now. We know we’re trying to build but for now it’s next-game mind-set and mentality and we must concentrate on the game and result against Shrewsbury on Saturday.”

After 25 games of last season Wanderers were 14 points away from top spot in League Two before going on to finish third and clinch promotion.

They are currently 14 points adrift of the play-off spots with 21 games to go as they prepare to face a Shrewsbury side sitting one point and one place better off in 16th in the table.

The Shrews – beaten 2-1 at Bolton in the autumn – have hit form with a five-match unbeaten league run either side of Christmas.

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But Wanderers also look in decent shape on the back of the win over Ipswich with the arrival of striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson a fifth transfer-window signing to transform the look of Evatt’s squad as they aim for a repeat of October’s win to complete a second double of the campaign.

“I think both teams are in a different place,” added Evatt, who has no fresh fitness concerns with winger Xav Amaechi still missing but expected back in full training next week.

“We were flying really high and full of confidence with no real issues or injuries.

“A lot has happened since then for us and they have picked up. They’ve had some good results; five unbeaten with a very experienced manager and a real tough place to go.

“It’s a good challenging test for us but we need to focus on ourselves have the same performance level we had on Saturday.

“We need to be better away from home, no doubt about it. But we will be.

“We are building some confidence again. There’s been some real good energy around the group this week and, fingers crossed, we go there and perform to our levels and if we do, we give ourselves a chance of getting the right result.”

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


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