Evatt Delighted With 'Important' Win

Ian Evatt was delighted to see his side break their away-day duck with a superb performance at MK Dons.

Wanderers secured their first three points on the road this season thanks to a first-half penalty from Dion Charles and a thumping Gethin Jones’ header with an hour gone.

The 2-0 win – the Whites’ third victory in a row in league and cup – could have been even more emphatic and that was Evatt’s only minor gripe of a terrific evening for his side which climbed to fifth in the League One table.

“If I’m being ultra-critical then in the second half we should have scored more. But as away performances go that’s pretty solid,” said the Wanderers’ boss.

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“Any time you come to MK Dons and win to nil is a good performance.

“I’m pleased we got that monkey off our back because winning away from is important, especially if you’re going to be where we want to be this season.

“From minute one we showed good energy and good intensity. There wasn’t any rustiness from that 10-day break and we grabbed control of the game early on.

“The worries for me obviously were that we’ve conceded moments and goals against the run of play and also not taken our chances, so the penalty gave us a little more confidence and belief.

“I was pleased to score from a set play - a brilliant ball in and a great header by Gethin – and I’m really pleased with the clean sheet.

“We kept our concentration and we’ve learned our lessons from earlier on in the season.”

Wanderers’ first ever win at Stadium MK earned them a spot among the early promotion pace-setters ahead of Saturday’s visit of Peterborough United.

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The Whites will then get a weekend off with their trip to Portsmouth postponed due to international call-ups.

And Evatt is aiming to sign off on a high after putting on a top-class show for the 760 Wanderers fans who made the trip to Milton Keynes and shared in a perfectly observed minute’s silence to honour the life and service Queen Elizabeth II.

“Thanks to our fans who travelled in their numbers,” he added.

“The support really lifts the lads, so thank-you very much to those who have travelled. It does make a difference.

“This week is a big week for us. It defines whether we’ve had a really good start or a decent one. And this is the first step towards a good start.

“But we now need to go into Saturday full of belief, full of confidence, re-energized, and ready to again.”

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