Evatt: This Is What We Wanted

Ian Evatt says Wanderers are where they want to be as they take their play-off challenge into the final fortnight of the season.

The Whites face Shrewsbury Town at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday still sitting in a top-six place.

Evatt’s men also have a game in hand on all of their challengers for one of the remaining two play-off spots.

And the Wanderers boss is happy to see his side still in there pitching for promotion and able to determine its own fate with four fixtures to go.

“We want to be in charge of our own destiny and we still are, which is very important to us,” said Evatt, who has overseen an unbeaten five-match run wrapped around the Whites’ Papa Johns Trophy triumph at the start of the month.

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“Our aim and ambition this season was to challenge the top six. We have had the Trophy there as well, which is an unbelievable achievement for us and was a fantastic day.

“But we are where we wanted to be. We’re in the mix, fighting for something, and we will continue to do that. We’ve been in the top six for the majority of the season. The players want to achieve it.

“There are no guarantees. We have to earn it. It’s just an opportunity at the moment and, for us, we need to grab that opportunity with both hands.

“It starts on Saturday. We’re in a very strong position. It’s in our own hands. We couldn’t ask for anything else, so it’s down to us now to try and make sure we get there.”

Wanderers kick off a pivotal run of three home games in eight days against the mid-table as they look to cement their spot in the play-off zone and prolong their season.

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But Evatt insists the final steps of the journey must be taken one step at a time as his side aims to add to the mid-week point they picked up at Burton – with the help of the home fans.

“We’re not looking further ahead than Saturday. We’ve got Shrewsbury at home and we need to take care of that game first,” he added.

“Any team managed by Steve Cotterill will be highly motivated. Steve’s a manager I have an awful lot of respect for. I know they will be highly competitive, so we have to make sure we back up Tuesday’s performance and go again.

“We want to create an intimidating atmosphere for the opposition and that gives us an edge and an advantage.

“We understand there’s a huge amount of emotion involved for our fans because they want to see us in that top six. They want to see us fighting for promotion.

“During the game there might be some highs and lows. For us, it’s about staying together as a team, keeping the belief and the focus and hopefully we can produce on the day.”

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