Evatt: In It Together

Ian Evatt wants a united front to keep carrying Wanderers forward.

The Whites resume their League One campaign at Cambridge United on Saturday when they will be looking to cement their place in the top six.

Evatt’s men have lost their last two games – including an FA Cup exit to Barnsley last Saturday.

But victory at the Abbey Stadium could lift Wanderers up to fifth place with a game in hand on the sides above them.

And the Wanderers’ boss aims to keep any potential negativity at bay with a call for a collective push behind his team.

“Nothing in football can be achieved without togetherness,” said Evatt.

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“Football is an emotional game. People are entitled to get carried away or disappointed.

“But there has to some sense of perspective and the level-headedness which is vitally important.

“The only way we can achieve anything this season is if we stick together.

“That’s the core and key principle of everything and if the fans, the club, the town, the players, the coaching staff, everybody’s together, then we have a chance of achieving something.

“If there starts to be some disconnect then it spells problems.

“We need to create that perfect storm and keep moving forwards.

“We’ve had a rough month, but it’s only a month. Judge us in May and see how we’ve got on.”

After their best points’ tally 10 games into a season for 22 years, Wanderers suffered back-to-back away defeats in early October to kick off a three-game winless run in the league.

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But the Whites have taken seven points from the last 12 available to make them eight points better off than they were at this point last season as they headed into a tough mid-winter.

“It’s a lot different to what it was like this time last year when we had so many key injuries, really struggling for form, really struggling for results and found ourselves at the wrong end of this table,” added Evatt.

“At the moment we have an almost fully-fit squad, all vying for a start in the team and we’re in the top six.

“We know we can do better and we know we can perform better and let’s concentrate on that this Saturday.

“We are looking to get back to those performance levels we showed early on this season.”

Wanderers have no fresh fitness problems, although Declan John is unwell and joins the injured duo of Will Aimson and Lloyd Isgrove on the sidelines.

Midfielder MJ Williams also misses the trip to face the 18th-placed U’s as he serves a one-match ban for accruing five bookings.

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