Evatt: Resilience Is The Key

Resilience will again be the name of the game for Wanderers when they bid to make it a hat-trick of aways wins at Burton Albion.

The Whites have overcome major injury problems – particularly in the defensive department – to secure successive 1-0 victories on the road.

Ian Evatt’s men dug deep to protect one-goal leads at Exeter City and then Oxford United on Saturday.

And the Wanderers’ boss knows his side will have to show similar qualities against an in-form Burton side, who won the corresponding fixture 3-1 last season and have won five of their last seven home games this time around to all but banish their relegation worries.

“I really think with what’s happened in terms of the injuries we’ve got, the results we’ve got in these last three games should really be celebrated,” said Evatt, whose side has taken seven points from three games to sit fifth in the League One table.

“There have been some excellent results and there should be a lot of credit sent to the players that are going above and beyond to find a way to get results in this division, because it’s difficult.

“Last season (at Burton) was very disappointing. They’ve just had two very good results against Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley.

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“I’ve watched both of those games and the same thing happened to us last season. We know what’s coming. There are no surprises, it’s just how we manage to deal with it on the night.

“We’ve got to be resilient again. The key word for tomorrow night is resilience and make sure when we do come under pressure, we stand up to it.”

Wanderers have lost the services of four central defenders – including three since winning the Papa Johns Trophy just over a fortnight ago – and are also likely to be without experienced midfielder Kieran Lee for Tuesday night’s trip to the Pirelli Stadium.

The Whites overcame those problems to grind out an eighth away win of the season at Oxford on the back of an Easter Monday draw at home to Cambridge United.

And Evatt won’t have any complaints if his side – whose 20 clean sheets in the league is matched only by high-flying Ipswich Town – has to do it the hard way again at Burton as the play-off race continues.

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“At this stage of the season there are always strange results,” he added.

“Everyone was mortified with the 95th minute equaliser against Cambridge but then Cambridge go and beat Peterborough 2-0 on Saturday.

“We have to have some perspective. We’re doing all that we can. You see one or two things said about it that it wasn’t a great performance at Oxford.

“That’s irrelevant. Trust me. We know – and I know – that isn’t what we want to be or want to do.

“But it’s still the win that’s all-important and, at this stage, that’s all that matters, that we remain in the top six and then we have the opportunity to get some of the other boys back.

“The players did a great job on Saturday in getting the right result and hopefully we can do that again.”

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