Evatt: No Time To Sulk

Ian Evatt will look for a positive response from his players in their bid to secure a play-off finish.

Wanderers missed the chance to further cement a top-six spot when they were beaten 1-0 by Accrington Stanley to suffer a first loss in eight games.

But Evatt’s men remain fifth in the table – two points clear of Peterborough in seventh spot – with two games to go and their destiny still in their own hands.

“There’s no point feeling sorry for ourselves and it’s not the time to sulk. We’ve got to regroup, rally the troops and go again on Saturday,” said the Wanderers’ boss, whose side faces Fleetwood Town at the University of Stadium at the weekend before finishing the campaign at Bristol Rovers on Sunday-week.

“We need to think of the positives that we’ve done and all of the good things that we’ve done.  We’ve done a lot right tonight but didn’t put the ball in the back of the net when we had the opportunities and we conceded a really sloppy goal.

“We have to own it, and go again, as we’ve got a really important game now on Saturday that we must win.

“We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. There should be no sulking. We have to move on from this immediately and focus on winning the game on Saturday and see what happens then.

“We are still in the best position of those chasing those two positions. We have to go about it the hard way. People say we do it the hard way so fingers crossed we do it again.”

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Evatt was left frustrated after Ethan Hamilton’s strike just before half-time was enough to hand Stanley all three points in their battle to beat the drop.

Wanderers could have levelled straight away but Stanley goalkeeper Lukas Jensen denied Josh Sheehan with one of several saves he made behind a packed defence to keep Wanderers at bay.

“I think we caused our own problems,” added Evatt, who was unhappy with the amount of stoppage time permitted by referee James Linington at the end of each half.

“We conceded a really poor goal and had enough chances. We got away with it at Burton and on Saturday (missing chances), but tonight we haven’t got away with it.

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“You have to take these chances against this type of opposition. Second half was always going to be more difficult the longer it went on because there’s 11 men behind the ball and all parked on the penalty area.

“We’re not built to throw it in and cross from deep as we don’t have that aerial threat and presence, so we have to pick our way through and that becomes extremely difficult because they have so many men behind the ball.

“We’ve not produced tonight. The general performance was okay but when you don’t take the chances, you get punished – and we were punished tonight.

“The positive is that it is very much in our own hands, but we’re going to have to do it the hard way.”

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