Evatt: We're Going All Out

Ian Evatt wants Wanderers to seize the moment as they look to put themselves one more win away from Wembley.

Evatt’s men face Portsmouth in a home quarter-final of the Papa Johns Trophy on Tuesday night (7.45pm).

Victory would take the Whites to within 90 minute of a first Wembley appearance for 12 years.

And having also kept themselves firmly in the top-six mix in League One with Saturday’s draw against leaders Plymouth extending a six-match unbeaten run, Evatt aims to keep challenging on two fronts.

“We’ve got half a season of big games really,” said the Wanderers boss, whose side hosts Pompey again in the league on Saturday.

“We need to make sure we have the same energy and focus throughout all of those games.

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“Plymouth was an excellent performance on Saturday. I think we gave a very good account of ourselves.

“We were frustrated we didn’t win, which is a marker of how far we’ve evolved during my time here.

“Now we want to get to Wembley, there’s no doubt about that.”

Evatt has tasted the agony and ecstasy of Wembley appearances as a player – winning and losing play-off finals with Blackpool and finishing on a losing Chesterfield side in the 2014 EFL Trophy final.

He’s now hoping to get his hands on the silverware as Wanderers’ boss and wants the supporters and players to share the joy by extending the current cup run.

“Any chance you get to play at Wembley you have to try and take with both hands. It’s a great day out for the fans as well,” Evatt added.

“I was fortunate enough to play at Wembley in my career and it’s a wonderful experience and one you treasure for the rest of your life.

“I want that for that group of players. I want the players to experience it and bring their families for their families to remember it.

“Seeing their sons play at Wembley is a magical thing, so we will be going all out to try and go there.”

Tickets for Tuesday night’s quarter-final at the University of Bolton Stadium are priced at just £10 for adults and £5 for over-65s and under-18s.

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