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Evatt Aiming For Big Finish

Boss looks to keep momentum going to the end as Wanderers look to bright future

11 March 2022

Ian Evatt wants his team to continue their upward curve to finish the season on a high.

Wanderers face promotion-chasing Plymouth Argyle on Saturday with the play-off places still in view.

The Whites still need to close a seven-point gap over their final games to reach the top six.

Evatt’s men will be going full on to try and grab a play-off spot but make it or not, the Wanderers’ boss aims to keep the momentum going until the end.

“All we want to do is finish really strongly,” said Evatt, whose side has won nine and drawn two of their last 13 games to keep themselves in the hunt.

“We have given the players a points’ target to get to.

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“That target is still achievable and while it’s still achievable we’re going to do the best we can to make sure we get there.

“If that’s good enough, then great. If not, we’re ready to go next season. I think as a club we’ve moved a huge amount of distance the past couple of years.

“We’ve improved no end on and off the pitch and that will continue to snowball and roll on.

“But for now, it’s a big game on Saturday, full focus and ready to enjoy it and play our football.”

Wanderers saw their six-match winning home run ended by Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw against Morecambe.

But victory on Saturday would get Wanderers to within four points of Plymouth, who currently occupy sixth place.

And Evatt believes his side has come a long way since a 3-0 loss to the then league leaders at a rain-lashed Home Park in October as the Whites were stuck in a run of four defeats in five games.

“That was one of our low points this season. We’ve had a few,” he added.

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“It was one to forget and hopefully the weather is slightly better on Saturday!

“We’ve evolved as a team. We’ve improved and we’re looking forward to this game.

“We kind of knew we had to get to January and we kind of had to suffer for a couple of months. That could eventually cost us, which is disappointing.

“But it’s about improvement. We have improved since January but we have to continue that hard work and hopefully put in a good performance on Saturday.

“I don’t think they’re going to park the bus like teams have done of late.

“I think they’re going to come and attack us and kind of go punch for punch and then it’s about if our performance is better than theirs on the day.

“We have to make sure we’re the best version of ourselves and if we do that I believe we can win.”

To watch the manager's post match interview go HERE


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