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Evatt: Squad's In A Good Place

Manager pleased with growing options as Wanderers prepare for key spell

27 January 2022

Ian Evatt believes his new-look squad is shaping up nicely to tackle joint League One leaders Sunderland and a busy schedule ahead.

Wanderers entertain the Black Cats on Saturday on the back of successive league wins for the first time since October.

The five new faces recruited so far in January have all hit the ground running and with Kieran Lee shaking off the hip injury that forced him off at half-time during last weekend’s win at Shrewsbury, Evatt is pleased with what he’s seeing.

“Kieran is fine. It was just a bit of a scare on Saturday but he’s trained all week and been great and Xav Amaechi has trained today, so the squad is looking good,” said the Wanderers’ boss.

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“The squad has been re-vamped, re-invigorated and we’re ready to go again.

“The squad’s in a good place at the moment. I’m pleased with where they’re at, I’m pleased with the vibe and the atmosphere around the training ground again so we’re looking forward to Saturday.”

Wanderers are still hoping to conclude further business before the end of the month with a couple of potential targets still being pursued.

And after the transfer window shuts on Monday night, the Whites kick off a hectic February at home to Cambridge United the following evening with the chance to make rapid progress up the table from their current position of 15th.

“After Saturday we’ve got eight games in February, which is challenging and tough,” added Evatt.

“But if you get on good runs and good momentum those games tick by really quickly and you can find yourselves flying up the league. That’s certainly our aim.

“Fortunately now we’ve got options to be able to change and rotate to keep people fresh.

“That’s what we’ve wanted all along. Especially at the top end of the pitch now there’s some serious competition, so it’s very pleasing and we’re looking forward to what hopefully is going to be a good month for us.

“We’re still very much a work in progress. We’re delighted that we’ve had back-to-back wins.

“We’ve had a lot of pain and suffering the last few months so we’ve enjoyed those but we know there’s loads more to work and progress to come.”


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