Evatt | We Stick Together

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Ian Evatt wants a positive atmosphere and united front as Wanderers aim to get their promotion push back in top gear.

The Whites face Cheltenham Town in their re-arranged fixture at the Toughsheet Community Stadium tomorrow (Tuesday) night.

Victory would lift Wanderers to within two points of League One leaders Portsmouth with two games in hand.

And after the Whites saw their four-match winning league run end with a 1-0 defeat at Leyton Orient on Saturday, Evatt is looking for a collective response to help his side re-assert themselves in the race for a top-two spot.

“It's not how you manage the wins it's how you manage the defeats and, as a club, I've said all along that we really must stick together in difficult times and in the good times,” said the Wanderers’ boss.

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“Saturday was disappointing. There's no denying that, although we still had the best two chances of the game and they created very little. We know we can be a lot better than that, and we have been a lot better than that, and it's about getting back to that performance level.

“We are not happy with Saturday and it is a shock to the system. It's a shock to the supporters’ system as well, but that's the place we've put ourselves in. We've earned that. When we do lose games it is a shock because we're not used to it - as much as we used to be anyway.

“It's just about how we react and how we respond and I have great belief in these players that they will respond in the correct way tomorrow night.”

Wanderers’ loss at Orient was only their sixth defeat in 25 league games this season and fourth in all competitions since early October.

The Whites remain fourth in the table with the chance to get back within a point of the automatic promotion places if they can overcome a Cheltenham side whose last result was a win over Portsmouth before their trip to Wanderers was abandoned in tragic circumstances nine days ago.

“I think creating a really positive atmosphere and environment is crucial to us."
Ian Evatt

“Everything is still in our hands,” added Evatt, who believes patience could also be key with Wanderers set to face the Robins with the same squad that featured at Orient ahead of the anticipated return of forward Carlos Mendes Gomes from international duty later this week.

“We still got very good points per game, averaging over two points per game, which in my view will get you promoted. We've got games in hand and we've got ground to make up on others, but we've done that before and there's no reason why we can't do that again. It's just about us really and focusing on ourselves and our process and if we can, and if we can play well, I believe the points will follow and that starts tomorrow.

“I think creating a really positive atmosphere and environment is crucial to us. Cheltenham are going to be really well organised and, obviously, we want to score early because it makes it easier for us.

“But that might not be the case. We have to respect the opposition with that and if it does take longer and takes into the second half to create the spaces and make them bigger and wear them out physically then we must do that. It doesn't matter if you score in the first minute or the 89th. Provided you get the goals you need to get three points, that's all that matters.”

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