Evatt | Time To Step Up Again

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Boss Ian Evatt wants in-form Wanderers to raise their game even further to continue their winning start to the season.

The Whites face Fleetwood Town tonight (Tuesday) in the first leg of a big home double-header.

Local rivals Wigan Athletic visit on Saturday but Evatt insists all eyes are on Fleetwood and trying to make it four wins out of four after ending the transfer speculation around George Thomason by keeping the in-demand midfielder at the Toughsheet Community Stadium in a further pre-game boost.

“We’re in good spirits. We don’t need or want any distractions or sideshows,” said the Wanderers’ boss.

“All we need is laser focus on the next challenge and the next opportunity and that’s tonight. We know we’re going to have to probably step up again on our performances so far.

“We’re not resting on our laurels. There’s a huge hunger and desire for improvement
Ian Evatt

“Fleetwood are a dangerous team with a lot of power and athleticism. We know that they’re wounded from the weekend and the start of the season. They’ve not had the best results, but the performances have probably warranted more than that.

“We know they’re dangerous and we know Scott (Brown) will have them very motivated to come here and give us a good go.”

While Wanderers have won both their League One games so far, and advanced in the Carabao Cup, Fleetwood have just a point to show for their efforts from a 1-1 draw at newly-promoted Carlisle on the opening day of the season.

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The Whites have also scored six times in two league games to sit top of the early standings, but Evatt believes his team can still increase their output as they aim to add another home win.

“Again, I think there’s still a more ruthless attitude to come from the players. There is another gear to find,” he added.

“It’s my job and the players’ job to unlock that but I’ve seen a very good level so far and an improvement from last season.

“We’re not resting on our laurels. There’s a huge hunger and desire for improvement. We’re going to strive for more. We want to achieve more and again that challenge comes tonight. It comes and thick and fast…..Saturday.

“The start of the season has gone now. It means nothing if we don’t win tonight, so that’s where our focus is.”

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