Happy Evatt Feeling The Love

Ian Evatt is enjoying the positive vibe from his squad as they go chasing more points inside the play-off places.

Evatt’s men go to top-six rivals Derby County on Saturday on the back of an unbeaten eight-match run.

And the Whites’ boss likes what’s he seeing as Wanderers bid to become the first side to beat the Rams in League One since they lost at Ipswich Town in October.

“When you get your number-one targets through the door it’s really pleasing. I’m really happy with where the squad’s at,” said Evatt, who made on-loan Manchester United youngster Shola Shoretire his third January signing ahead of the trip to Pride Park.

“I love the dynamic. I love the feel and working with them every day, the positivity that’s coming from the group.

“We’re in a really good place at the moment and we’re looking forward to a big game on Saturday.

“It’s why we’re in the industry really, to be involved in these big games against a very good team coached by a very good manager, who’s experienced at getting out of this level.

“We feel they are going to be there or thereabouts come the end of the season. It’s a brilliant test for us.

“I’m really excited to be a part of it, two good teams playing very well at the moment, in good form and may the best team win.

“It’s as simple as that. We’re excited by it and very much looking forward to it.”

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The arrival of Shoretire follows the signings of Randell Williams and Dan Nlundulu, with on-loan Southampton striker Nlundulu a candidate to replace the injured Jon Dadi Bodvarsson in the Whites’ attack.

Wanderers trail fourth-placed Derby only on goal difference and the magnitude of the fixture will only add to a red-letter day for Evatt as he returns to the club where he started his playing career.

“To be back there as a manager will make me extremely proud,” added Evatt, who came through the youth ranks at Derby to make a debut in the Premier League with the Rams.

“I know that club like the back of my hand really. I grew up there, was educated there and learned all about the business of football there.

“They have a great fan-base, a brilliant stadium. It will be nice to see some friendly faces but it’s strictly business on Saturday and I’m looking forward to a very good game.”

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