Evatt | Ready To Respond

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Ian Evatt is relishing a return to action as Wanderers look to bounce back and launch another productive run.

The Whites entertain Northampton Town on Saturday – two weeks on from defeat to Carlisle United in their last game before the international break.

The 3-1 loss to the Cumbrians followed a hat-trick of wins and a run of just one defeat in six league games for Evatt’s men.

And the Whites’ boss is seeking a positive response to enhance Wanderers’ place in League One’s top six as they start a testing run of six games in the next three weeks.

“It's a good period for us, though,” said Evatt. “There are some challenging games, of course, but if they're challenging for us, they're challenging for the opposition as well.

"I have great confidence that together we can respond again and get the right result on Saturday."
Ian Evatt

“We believe we are a good team and we believe in ourselves. We have to go out there and prove it consistently. It helps if we can keep players on the grass (fit and available) but we are looking forward to this run of fixtures and getting back to where we think we should be.

“We know what we are capable of. For us, it's just managing the poor results. The one thing I can guarantee, unfortunately, is that we will probably lose again this season but, again, it's how we react to those.

“We're going to have setbacks and there is always enormous pressure at this football club. This football club has a rich history and the fans really back it. They want us to do well, which sometimes brings its own pressure.

“But they have stuck with us amazingly well and it's about how we respond together to setbacks. We've had a few already this season but I have great confidence that together we can respond again and get the right result on Saturday.”

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The defeat to Carlisle – when Wanderers were below par but ultimately lost to a controversial penalty, a deflected effort and an injury-time goal with their goalkeeper in the opposition penalty area – saw Wanderers slip to sixth spot.

But they retain at least one game in hand on all the sides above them in the table – bar second-placed Oxford United – and could go as high as third if they can beat a Northampton side sitting 19th but gaining a foothold in the division following promotion last season.

“We were disappointed with the result against Carlisle. We know we can do better and fingers crossed we can do that on Saturday,” added Evatt, who will have captain Ricardo Santos and midfielder Paris Maghoma back from injury

“All we can do now is react. It hurt. But we have to let go of that hurt quickly and focus on the next challenge. We've done that, we've reset, we've re energised over the international break and we're ready to go again.”

Watch the manager's full pre-match interview with Wanderers TV HERE

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