Boss Fired Up By Strong Striking Group

Ian Evatt felt Wanderers should have won by more at Charlton but is delighted with the firepower at his disposal after a successful foray into the transfer market.

Wanderers secured a fourth win in six League One games as they secured a 2-1 victory at The Valley thanks to goals from midfielder Aaron Morley and top scorer Dion Charles.

The winning margin could and should have been more but Evatt is confident the goals will continue to flow after giving debuts off the bench to the new striking pair of Victor Adeboyejo and Cameron Jerome.

“There was quite a lot to be pleased about,” said the Wanderers’ boss, who has also brought in the loan duo of Shola Shoretire and Dan Nlundulu – currently sidelined with a hamstring strain – since the January transfer window opened.

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“We played some really good stuff at times and the only criticism is we probably should have scored more goals.

“But I’ll back the players to take those chances. We’ve got the players to take those chances.

“We looked a real threat. I thought Shola was electric in the first half when we got him on the ball.

“The new boys – Vic and Cam – came on and showed us what they’re going to bring to the table as well, so I think it was a really pleasing day.

“We’ve got a real strong striking group now, if you add Jon (Dadi Bodvarsson) to that, Dan Nlundulu to that, Kacha to that.

“We’ve got some really good players. It’s just about how we manage them moving forwards.”

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Evatt was also full of praise for his longer-serving players, including wing-back Declan John who replaced the injured George Johnston to make a first league appearance since early October.

John hadn’t been on the pitch a minute when Charlton equalised but was then instrumental in an impressive second-half performance which brought three points when Charles slotted home his 14th goal of the season after 68 minutes.

“Special mention to Declan. To come back and perform like that in the second half was superb. He’s been excellent in training and deserved his chance back with the group,” added Evatt, whose side moved level on points with Derby in fourth place in the table.

“Away victories are always difficult. Charlton are a really good team.

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“They ask you a lot of questions – especially in the wide areas. We had to manage those wide areas particularly well and manage the transitions.

“I thought we grabbed hold of the game pretty early on and some of our forward play was excellent.

“I thought we controlled the game from start to finish, pretty much.

“It would have been easy for them to sulk a little bit (after Charlton scored) and let it wobble them and rock them, especially away from home.

“They just re-set as a group and I was really pleased with the response.

“It brings us to 50 points, which is probably the first target of the season. We tick that off now and we’ve got a long way to go.”

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