Evatt: No Complacency Here

Ian Evatt insists there is no complacency in the Wanderers’ camp as they look to secure a play-off place.

Evatt’s men moved a step closer to a possible top-six finish with an accomplished 1-0 win over Shrewsbury Town that lifted them to fifth place in the table.

The Whites are unbeaten in six league games and also have defenders Ricardo Almeida Santos and Eoin Toal closing in on a return to action following injury.

But with three games to go – including two more home fixtures against Accrington Stanley and Fleetwood Town within the next week – Evatt says no-one is getting carried away with Wanderers’ play-off prospects.

“I believe in the players. We have got some really good players at this football club and we’ve got the ones returning,” said the Wanderers’ boss.

“We’re in a pretty good place but there’s no complacency in the dressing room at all.

“It’s just about taking care of ourselves and making sure our performance levels are good.

“If we can play to our level we’re going to be a hard team to get a result from. That was proved today and we now have to get ready for Tuesday.

“This has gone now. We have to re-focus and re-set for a very challenging game on Tuesday (against Accrington).”

Wanderers moved two points clear of seventh-placed Peterborough with game in hand thanks to a dominant performance against the Shrews at the University of Bolton Stadium.

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The Whites dictated possession throughout, although it took a special strike from Josh Sheehan with just over an hour gone to secure a first home win in three games as Shrewsbury defended in numbers and survived a succession of second-half chances.

“The one thing we did speak about at half-time was that if they are going to offer us shots from the edge (of the box) we should take them. Demps, Arron and Josh can all shoot,” added Evatt following a 13th home win of the season from his side.

“We wanted to be more proactive with that and Josh has put it away brilliantly. We had some other great opportunities that hopefully we’re keeping our powder dry for the future.

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“There was an air of frustration in the stadium in the first half but what we have to understand these teams aren’t going to make it easy for us. There were 10/11 bodies behind the ball in a low block.

“Yes, we were probably ultra-patient at times. But what we have to remember is that we are working the opposition and they can’t keep the physical performance up for 90 minutes.

“There comes at a time – normally around the 60-minute mark – where the opposition start to fatigue, the spaces on the pitch become bigger and then we have the players to take advantage, whether it be the players who are on the pitch at the time or we can bring firepower off the bench to hurt them.

“That’s exactly what happened in the second half. We scored an outstanding goal but really should have had three or four more. The second-half performance was excellent.”

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