'Cheers Us Home'

Ian Evatt aims to keep ‘hom-ing’ in on the play-off places and insists the fans can have a big say in the promotion race.

In-form Wanderers face Morecambe at the University of Bolton Stadium on Tuesday night with a seventh successive home win in their sights.

The Whites have dropped points on their own pitch only once in 2022.

And Evatt believes home form will continue to be crucial during the run-in, with the backing and enjoyment of the fans another key element in Wanderers’ bid to close a seven-point gap on the top six.

“We’ve got 10 games left and six of those are at home. We want to try and win all of our home games and if we can and we can nick things away from home it gives us a chance,” said the Wanderers’ boss.

“We just want to create the best possible atmosphere we can here.

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“If the supporters can do that and help us with the atmosphere, that it can help make it more difficult for the opposition.

“But one thing’s for sure. We have to all enjoy it. We have to enjoy the run-in, the way we are playing at the moment and the fact that we have given ourselves some stability and a platform to improve from.

“But people (also) have to remember that although this is a huge club, and this is Bolton Wanderers we are a newly-promoted team.

“It takes times to challenge at the top end of these divisions.

“You’ve seen it with the likes of Sunderland and other clubs that have been in this division for a while now, it’s tough to get out of.

“We are going to do our very best and give it our best shot. But for me, the most important things is that we enjoy it, we have a smile on our face and we try and perform the best that we can.”

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Wanderers have certainly been good to watch during their current run of nine wins in 12 games which has revived their season and made a late push for the play-offs a possibility.

Last Saturday’s 3-0 win at Gillingham was the result of one of the Whites’ best performances of the season.

But Evatt wants his players to be even more ruthless against a Morecambe side battling against relegation.

He added: “Saturday was excellent but there are things we can tighten up on. We weren’t clinical enough in front of goal.

“The goals have come, which is good. But we can still be scoring more.

“We were pleased with three points but it was only three points and we’ve got to make sure we try and get them again.

“We’re not resting on our laurels. We know there’s work to do. We know there’s improvement to come and that starts tomorrow night.”

Watch the manager's pre-match interview HERE

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