Evatt: We're Coming To The Boil

Ian Evatt believes Wanderers are heading into the play-offs in ideal shape after ending the regular season in winning fashion.

An exciting 3-2 victory at Bristol Rovers secured a fifth-place finish for the Whites and a two-legged semi-final against Barnsley.

Evatt’s men will go into next Saturday’s home tie on the back of an impressive run of four wins in their last six games and impetus behind them after goals from Shola Shoretire, Dan Nlundulu and Aaron Morley secured all three points at Rovers.  

“The victory is most important and we carry momentum through into the play-offs," said the Wanderers’ boss.

"I think it’s a really exciting play-offs with four very good teams. We are one of those and we’re looking forward to it.

“I think we’re coming to the boil at the right time. We’ve got key players returning from injury, which make a huge difference to us, and we managed to rest some bodies today.

“We’re excited. We’re going to attack it and we’ll see how far that takes us. We’ve lost one game in the last 10. We’re in good form. We’re confident and we’ll carry that confidence through to Saturday.”

Evatt rested a number of players for the game at the Memorial Stadium, where he was able to give returning captain Ricardo Almeida Santos 45 minutes as planned on his comeback.

Gethin Jones will have a hamstring issue assessed after coming off, having set up Wanderers’ opening goal.

But that was the only concern on a day Wanderers wrapped up a 14th away success of the campaign with Shoretire and Nlundulu scoring their first goals for the club - and Shoretire his first in senior football - and Morley capping victory with another cracker.

“It shows you the strength of our squad,” added Evatt, who made eight changes to his starting line-up and gave James Trafford, Conor Bradley and Kyle Dempsey a complete breather.

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“I’ve always said I’ve got a massive belief in the squad and they’re all capable of stepping up to the plate. They have done that and got us the win today.

“There were one or two things that need tweaking but, other than, I don’t think you can ask for much more.

“If you’d have watched Aaron Morley shoot in training yesterday you’d have known that was coming.

“He’s got a wonderful technique and capable of special things, so I’m pleased with him, and delighted for Shola to get his first senior goal.

“It’s great for Dan, as well, to score his first goal for us. Again, he’s been threatening to do that, so I’m delighted he’s been able to do that.”


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