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Evatt: We're Happy To Be In With A Shout

Boss looks for response at Gillingham as Wanderers aim to stay in the frame

4 March 2022

Ian Evatt is happy to see Wanderers still in the mix as they head into the final two months of the League One season.

The Whites have ground to make up in the play-off race if they are to keep alive the prospect of back-to-back promotions.

But an excellent run of eight wins and a draw from their last 11 games has revived Wanderers’ campaign with the same number of fixtures to go and still something to aim for.

“We’re just happy to be in with some sort of shout and that’s all it is,” said Evatt, who takes his side to relegation-threatened Gillingham on Saturday.

“We’ve got lots of hard work to do. This is a big month, obviously, and if we can get a result there we’ve got two home games to come and our home form is really good at the moment.

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“Hopefully we can get back to winning ways and then look ahead to a big month coming up. But we’re not under-estimating Gillingham and we know it’s going to be really challenging.

“We’ve got lots of work to do. We know what we have to do.

“It’s going to be tough and it might not happen. But we’re going to give it our best shot.

“We know what we have to do and that involves us winning games consistently. We’ve proven we can do that the last month or so and we have to go and do again.

“We’ve got to concentrate on ourselves. Everybody is scrapping for points at this time of year.

“Everyone has got something to play for. Gillingham are fighting for their lives and they’re going to play like that, so we’re going to have to match that.”

The Gills are 22nd in the table but have lost just two of their last seven games since former Millwall and Cardiff City manager Neil Harris took charge at the end of January.

Wanderers sit 11th – eight points outside the top six – and Evatt is looking for a response to last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at MK Dons which checked the Whites’ momentum.

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“We were disappointed how the game panned out on Saturday. I don’t think we did ourselves justice,” added the Wanderers’ boss, who will be without defender and vice-captain Gethin Jones due to compassionate leave.

“We haven’t given the game to somebody for a long, long time and I think we did that on Saturday, so we have to put that right this weekend.

“We want to bounce back. It’s going to be a tough game, though, they’ve picked up since Neil Harris has gone in there and they’re fighting for their lives, so we’re expecting a real tough one.

“We’re playing a chasing game and there’s not much margin for error. But we believe in our players, we think we’ve done some really good business, there are people returning from injury all the time and there’s lots of improvement to come.

“I know we can perform better than we have done, even with the run we’ve been on. There is more to come from this group.”


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