Evatt | What A Week

Evatt applause Charlton

Ian Evatt hailed an outstanding week for Wanderers as they made it three League One wins in a row to continue their climb up the table, writes Pete Oliver.

A perfect haul of nine points from victories over Northampton Town, Wycombe Wanderers and Charlton Athletic lifted the Whites to third place and within goal difference of the automatic promotion places.

Evatt’s side over-powered Charlton in a 2-0 success at The Valley as they made it four away wins for the season and a maximum return since the international break.

“It’s been a really good week,” said the Wanderers’ boss, who has now overseen five wins in the last six league games after his side emphatically followed up their mid-week victory at Wycombe.

“To win the two games we have away from home, in particular, back-to-back, with a lot of travelling, against the opposition we’re facing, is great credit to the players.

Evatt clap Charlton

“It was an outstanding performance in the first half, out of the traps. We wrestled hold of the game and could and should have scored more. You don’t see teams control games the way we did here very often.

“Charlton are a dangerous team and in the second half they were going to make it change and made it a transitional game.

“They went a bit gung-ho to try and get back in the game and it caused us problems but we caused them problems as well. We made so many opportunities. We looked a really powerful team, looked aggressive and defended the box when we needed to.

“We didn’t quite take our chances and should have won the game more comfortably. The only slight disappointment of the afternoon is we didn’t score more goals because some of our forward play was electric. But we’re nit-picking there. It was an outstanding performance.”

"To have 2,000 fans here after the travelling they did on Tuesday is an unbelievable effort."
Ian Evatt

Wanderers were again backed by a superb away following as they also made it three successive wins at Charlton thanks to first-half goals from Randell Williams and top scorer Dion Charles, who is already into double figures for the season.

And after 900 miles on the road over the last few days, Evatt was delighted to reward their commitment ahead of a return home to try and launch an FA Cup run against Solihull Moors at the Toughsheet Community Stadium next Saturday.

“To have 2,000 fans here after the travelling they did on Tuesday is an unbelievable effort, the way they back the players, support the team and noise they created,” he added.

“They sung their hearts out all game and it makes a huge difference when you’ve got that togetherness on and off the pitch.

“I’m delighted with the week, delighted with the points we got but it’s only a week and we know things can change quickly so there’s no-one getting ahead of themselves here.

“We just need to re-set and get ready for an FA Cup game next week. The players have worked extremely hard this week. They have to enjoy tonight and the weekend but we have to be ready to go again and keep striving for improvement.”

Watch the manager's full post-match interview on Wanderers TV

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