Evatt | I'm So Proud Of That

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Boss Ian Evatt expressed his pride in his players as they came storming back to secure a magnificent first ever win at Wycombe, writes Pete Oliver.

Wanderers – who had never scored a goal or earned a point in three previous trips to Adams Park – saw a 2-0 first-half lead disappear as the Chairboys hit back after the break.

But rather than succumb to a late onslaught, it was the Whites who mounted a thrilling response of their own to secure a 4-2 victory thanks to goals in the 85th and 89th minute from Eoin Toal and an Aaron Morley penalty.

“I think over the course of the game we deserved to win and got the right result,” said Evatt after a fourth win in five league games which kept Wanderers fourth in the League One table and just two points behind the automatic promotion places.

“In the first half I thought we were excellent but you don’t come here and expect to have it your own way for 90 minutes.

“They scored an outstanding goal just after half time and momentum in football is everything. We were sticking with it, despite not being at our fluid best, and limited them to very few chances but then we concede following the set-play.

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“It would have been easy then for our lads to duck it and feel sorry for ourselves. But what we’re trying to develop is a mindset and mentality where we keep believing and I’m delighted for the players.

“We haven’t had a great record here and we’ve had to do some suffering here but I’m delighted and proud with the performance tonight. I thought they were outstanding.”

Paris Maghoma’s first goal for the club and a first goal of the season from midfield colleague George Thomason had set Wanderers on their way before the break.

And despite being pegged back at 2-2 with just eight minutes of normal time to go, the Whites showed their depth of character to go again and secure a third away win of the season ahead of another lengthy trip to Charlton on Saturday.

“My players didn’t sulk or give in,” added Evatt. “They got the ball on the half-way line and went again. I’m so proud of the mindset they showed.

“I’m delighted for the fans as well. To have 750 here on a Tuesday night is exceptional and to see them and the players celebrating the way they did shows the togetherness we have at this club.

“But it is just one more win. We can’t get too high and I’ve said to the players we have to have a mindset that this is done and finished and now we have to prepare for Charlton and try and get another three points.”

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