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Evatt: That's What I Want Us To Stand For

Boss delighted with performance and dedicates big win to Gethin Jones and his family

5 March 2022

Ian Evatt’s only disappointment was the fact Wanderers didn’t score even more as they romped to a victory that has them heading back towards the League One play-off places.

A superb 3-0 victory at Gillingham saw the Whites trim the gap to the top six to seven points with 10 games left to play.

Aaron Morley’s stunning opener and second-half strikes from Declan John and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson once the Gills had been reduced to 10 men swept Wanderers to a ninth win in 12 games.

And Evatt was left purring with a performance that keeps his side in the hunt.

“I think we were excellent from start to finish. The only slight qualm for me is that we didn’t score more goals,” said the Wanderers’ boss.

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“But I thought we dominated the game and we controlled the ball like we wanted to.

“Three goals probably flattered them – and that says a lot about our performance.

“I think that football was as good as you’ll see at many levels.

“The way we moved the ball, found space and trusted each other with the ball was excellent.

“It was an excellent performance, which was enjoyable to watch. That was what my brand really stands for and what I want us to stand for as a team.”

Wanderers stayed 11th in the table but regained their momentum ahead of back-to-back home games, starting with next Tuesday night's visit of Morecambe.

“We’re going to give it our best shot. There are going to be lots of ups and downs between now and the end of the season,” added Evatt.

“Teams are going to win, teams are going to drop points and the situation is going to change week-on-week.

“We can only take care of our business. We have set the players a target. That target’s still achievable and we will keep fighting for that target until the very end.

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“If that’s enough ‘great’. If not, then we’ll dust ourselves down and go again next season but we’re certainly not out of it and we want to give it our best shot.”

A sixth away win of the season was given greater poignancy less than a week after the sad loss of Karen Jones – mother of Wanderers’ defender Gethin – following her brave battle against MND.

The Wanderers’ squad wore black armbands and linked arms before kick-off in a show of sympathy and support with Evatt dedicating the victory to Gethin and his family.

“Gethin and his family are a huge part of this football club. Our thoughts and prayers are with them,” said Evatt.

“This is a band of brothers and when one of us is upset and hurting we all are.

“We’re all here for Gethin and we will all support him the best we can.

“If we could have put a smile on his face somehow we wanted to do that today.

“That’s one for you Geth and hopefully we’ll see you soon.”


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