Evatt: We Need To Be Hungry For More

Ian Evatt will keep driving Wanderers on as they look to tie down a top-six place.

The Whites saw their momentum pause with Tuesday night’s defeat at Portsmouth as they lost for only the third time since early December.

Wanderers remain fourth in League One and have a place in the Papa Johns Trophy final to look forward later in the month.

But Evatt isn’t settling for that with 11 league games to go. 

“We need to be hungry for more. And if we’re not, we need to change and raise our expectations and standards,” said the Wanderers’ boss.

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“That’s the conversation we’ve had with the players this morning. It would be easy for us to sit here and say ‘we’re doing okay, we’ve won six out of eight games in February’.

“We accept three defeats in 18 and being in a cup final. But when you want to be the best, you have to keep striving for improvement and keep hungry and humble enough to know there’s work to be done.

“The time for pats on the back is the summer. The job’s not done yet. We’ve got work to do and that involves winning a game of football on Saturday.”

Wanderers go to Morecambe for a lunch-time kick-off on Saturday with the chance to regain third place in the table for at least a few hours.

To do that will mean puncturing a run of decent home for the 20th-placed Shrimps, who have given their survival hopes a major boost with a run of just one defeat in their last 11 games at the Mazuma Stadium.

The Whites haven’t lost in their only two trips there, though, securing a point from a 1-1 draw in a dramatic late finish last season.

And Evatt knows the challenge ahead as he backs his players to respond to their mid-week lapse at Portsmouth, where they conceded late goals to lose 3-1, and get heading back in the right direction.

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“We’ve got to make it happen ourselves. There’s still lots of points to be played for here, lots of games to be won and you never know,” he added.

“But for us, it’s about the next game, the next challenge and the next opportunity and that’s Saturday against Morecambe.

“We know what we’re going into but we have to focus on our own performance and if we can get that right, then we’ve got a chance of winning the game.

“When this group of players has been asked questions in the past they’ve always come up with the right answers and the right response and we know what we need to do on Saturday.

“We want to respond in the right manner. We’ve not been good enough on Tuesday in a few areas we know we can be better at. We’ll re-set and go again ready to play on Saturday.”

Meanwhile, Wanderers are awaiting the result of a scan on a leg injury to striker Victor Adeboyejo to see whether he will be fit to feature after feeling the effects during the warm-up at Fratton Park on Tuesday night.

Fellow frontman Cameron Jerome remains a doubt but midfielder George Thomason will travel with the Whites’ squad after a mid-week outing in the B Team to top up his fitness.

Defender George Johnston is close to a return to full training and with midfielder MJ Williams also progressing well following knee surgery, Evatt is hopeful that by the end of month striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and defender Jack Iredale will be his only absentees.

 

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