Evatt Praises Ruthless Whites

Delighted boss Ian Evatt hailed his side’s goal power as Wanderers racked up a second successive 5-0 win to move up to third in League One.

The in-form Whites followed up their victory at Peterborough with another five-star showing against MK Dons to make it 10 goals in the space of four days.

Evatt’s men also recorded a club-record extending ninth home clean sheet in a row and only Sheffield Wednesday now have a better goal difference than Wanderers, who drew level on that score with Ipswich Town and league leaders Plymouth Argyle.

“We needed that. We needed to close that gap with the teams around us,” said Evatt after overseeing a fifth successive league win.

“We’ve said it all season. We’ve created a lot of chances and sometimes those chances haven’t gone in.

“At the moment they’re going in. I don’t think we’re necessarily creating more, we’re just being more ruthless and clinical with our chances, which is good.

“Long may that continue, but we’re not getting carried away. There’s a lot of work to do and there’s still lots of improvement to come.

“To score back-to-back five goals is really impressive but it’s only three points and now we have to concentrate fully on Wycombe on Saturday.”

Remarkably, all five of Wanderers’ goals came from defenders with Ricardo Almeida Santos - with his third goal in two games - Luke Mbete and Gethin Jones making it 3-0 at half-time.

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The Dons carried a threat of their own but conceded again as Eoin Toal and substitute Randell Williams struck after the break to secure the Whites’ biggest home win of the season.

“We knew it was going to be tough because it was a real great performance and victory on Saturday,” added Evatt.

“To back that up a few days later is sometimes challenging for the players to re-group and go again but I thought they went about their work really well.

“MK are a good team. They came here to play and they threw the game open. At times they had chances and at times the game was too transitional for my liking but we managed to take our chances and in the second half I thought we managed the game a lot better.

“We looked dangerous from set plays, which is always a bonus because sometimes you need to rely on set plays to win football matches.

“That got us ahead and after we smelled a bit of blood I thought the way we finished the game off was really impressive.”

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The result took Wanderers above Ipswich in the table and kept them six points adrift of the automatic promotion places ahead of the weekend trip to a Wycombe side sitting one place outside the play-off places and on a charge of their own.

“People think we’re really close to the finishing line,” said Evatt.

“There’s still a third of the season left for some teams.

“We’re slightly past that mark now but that’s a long way to go and a lot of football.

“All we can do is take care of our own business and concentrate on the next game and the next game is Wycombe on Saturday.

“We need to go there with the right mindset, mentality and hopefully perform like we have in the past couple of games.”

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