Evatt: You Do The Math

Ian Evatt will let others do the maths as the race for top six places in League One hots up.

Evatt takes his in-form Whites to Portsmouth tonight in search of the win that would take Wanderers to third place in the table – three points off the automatic promotion places.

But with Wanderers having played more games than anyone else in the top six so far, Evatt’s only concern is his team’s efforts to keep piling up the points – regardless of how others handle the run-in.

“There are going to be swings and roundabouts. As we’ve seen already, we could win and other teams lose and then we could drop points……,” said Evatt, whose side has won six of their last seven games to stay firmly in the play-off places.

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“It’s one of those things. But that can send you doolally. We just need to focus on ourselves and our own job – game-to-game. We’ll focus on that.

“We’ve got a really busy schedule from now for the rest of the season.

“There’s an international break thrown in but the other top teams have internationals as well.

“Those that have got games in hand; our schedule is busy enough, what does their looks like?

“It’s going to be tough and challenging for them as well. For us, just focus on ourselves, keep picking up wins, keep picking up points and we’ll see where we are at the end of the season.”

Wanderers head to Fratton Park to face improving Pompey on the back of a sixth successive home win.

The Whites had to dig deep to come from behind to beat Port Vale 2-1 on Saturday.

And Evatt looked back on that success with added satisfaction with Wanderers the only team who contested the mid-week Papa Johns Trophy semi-finals to back it up with a win.

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Accrington – beaten by the Whites in the last four – earned a point at Burton Albion but Plymouth, who Wanderers will face at Wembley were beaten 5-2 at Peterborough and Cheltenham lost 4-0 at Portsmouth.

“If you look at the other results from the other semi-finalists, two of them got absolutely whalloped and the other one failed to win,” added Evatt.

“So for us to manage to win the game is actually a pretty good achievement.

“I thought Port Vale were excellent. Bearing in mind they had beaten Plymouth and Derby away and you could see why. But we found a way and Saturday we managed to do it.

“For us now, it’s just about re-grouping and trying to get another win and a performance on Tuesday.”

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