Evatt: Players Got What They Deserved

Ian Evatt was pleased to see his players finally get their just desserts as Wanderers made it two wins in a week.

The Whites ended a run of three defeats in league and cup with their mid-week Papa Johns Trophy victory over Crewe.

And Ian Evatt’s men backed that up with an even more important result as they came from behind to beat Charlton Athletic 3-1 to record a third home League One win of the season and move up to eighth in the table.

“I’m really proud of the way we reacted (to going behind),” said Evatt, whose side recovered from conceding a fourth-minute goal to lead at the break thanks to strikes from Conor Bradley and Kieran Lee.

“We learned a lesson against Sheffield Wednesday that if you concede one. It never becomes two.

“We settled straight down, re-set our mentality and mindset and went again, stuck to the game plan and I’m delighted we got our reward.

“I’m delighted for the players because I thought that week we had, they didn’t really get what they deserved.

“Three defeats can look awful, especially when two out of the three are at home.

“I just thought it was the moments we lost in those games. In the general performance I thought we were playing really well and performing well, so it’s great that they’ve bounced back with a victory on Tuesday and then another victory today.

“Charlton are a good team and I’m really pleased with that result.

“It was a really good performance but it’s only three points and now we’re on to next Saturday and we have a week to prepare for Cheltenham.”

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Evatt again made changes to his starting line-up with Amadou Bakayoko, MJ Williams and George Thomason – revelling in his first league start of the season – earning starts after last Saturday’s loss at Plymouth.

And with some genuine strength in depth within his squad, the Wanderers’ boss will continue to select ‘horses for courses’ depending on each challenge his side faces.

“We chose the personnel for this game and I thought they executed the gameplan perfectly,” added Evatt, who saw Wanderers wrap up the points through George Johnston’s second-half goal.

“It’s about winning the game and moving onto next week and focusing on what’s next.

“It will be different next week and the boys have to stick together and go again.

“We’ve got a really good squad of players and it’s going to be challenging to keep them all happy because there are going to be some disappointed players.

“People will be rotated and they have to stick with each other. If they’re going to be miserable then do it with me in my office.

“I don’t mind that. It’s my decision. But with each other they need to be positive because when it’s their turn they will need the players’ support from the off the bench as well.”

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