Evatt: We're No Soft Touch

Ian Evatt praised his team of fighters as they landed the knock-out blow to make it a hat-trick of League One wins.

Wanderers showed all their battling qualities to finally overpower Peterborough and clinch a 1-0 victory thanks to substitute Dapo Afolayan’s late strike.

The Whites looked as though they might be frustrated after missing a handful of chances either side of the break in a feisty encounter.

But their determination finally paid off as Afolayan’s deflected effort flew in to seal a fourth home league win of the season and keep Evatt’s men fifth in the table – four points off top spot.

“I’m really pleased for the players. It was a good performance and a good win,” said Evatt.

“I think they came for a scrap today. They came to put it on us and in the past those types of games have caused us problems.

“But we’re a group of fighters and when our backs are to the wall we come out swinging and today we did.

“There are no soft touches here anymore. We stood up to that and eventually came out on top.

“We had the best chances and I’m delighted for Dapo, who’s kept his head down and worked hard. He deserved that goal.

“It was slightly fortuitous with the deflection but the way he got there wasn’t.

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“We had lots of big chances and just didn’t take them. If I’m being critical that’s the one area we do need to improve on.

“But other than that, I don’t think anybody can argue we deserved to win.”

Wanderers go to Tranmere Rovers next Tuesday night in the Papa Johns Trophy but now have a fortnight’s break from league action due to international call-ups.

And Evatt is pleased with his side’s progress nine games into the season.

“We feel like we’ve had a tough start,” added the Wanderers’ boss.

“It’s a decent start and looks pretty good, but it’s only a start and we’ve got loads of work to do.

“We’ll just keep our heads down and keep fighting.”

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