Evatt Aiming To Build On Platform

Ian Evatt is looking to build on the Whites’ productive start as Wanderers head for the ‘nitty gritty’ of the season.

Evatt has seen his side take 17 points from their opening nine games to sit sixth in League One.

The Whites resume their campaign at home to Lincoln City on Saturday after a fortnight off league action duty to international call-ups.

And with eight games to come in October (including one in the Papa Johns Trophy), Evatt knows what’s needed to build on the early points’ haul.

“It is just a platform. It’s a good start. That’s all it is,” said the Wanderers’ boss, who saw his men rack up a hat-trick of league wins before the break.

“We’re getting into the nitty-gritty months now. The winter months can be really challenging.

“You’re going to face some difficult weather conditions, different pitch conditions and different personnel.

“It can be cold and miserable and you have to find a way to win and win consistently.

“This is the start of this run now and the players are in a really good place. They are really focussed.

“We’re excited by what we can do and what we can achieve but we’ve got a long, long way to go.

“At the moment our heads are firmly down and working extremely hard on the training pitch.

“I’m really encouraged seeing the work we’re doing and then hopefully we will provide really good performances on Saturdays and Tuesday nights.”

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The busy schedule starts against a Lincoln side sitting in mid-table after a decent recent run of their own.

The Imps scored six times in a freakish 6-3 win at Bristol Rovers in their last league outing to record a second away success.

One goal was enough for Wanderers to beat Peterborough United a fortnight ago, but they left it late before wrapping up the points thanks to a deflected strike from Dapo Afolayan.

And Evatt is looking for a more clinical edge to kill games off as the Whites bid to stay in the groove and the top six with a fifth home victory.

“I think we’ve got a really group of players who are capable of scoring many goals,” he added.

“Every team desires a 20-goal-a-season striker. If you get one of those it normally means you’re in and around the top six.

“What we’ve done is share the goals around the team. Probably our wing-backs should be out highest scorers this season with the chances we’ve created but I do believe in our centre forwards and I do believe they’ll take the chances once given them.”

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