'Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad'

Evatt clap Salford

Ian Evatt wants to make it a hat-trick of wins at Cheltenham to reward the travelling fans on their return to Whaddon Road.

Wanderers suffered back-to-back 1-0 defeats in the West Country last season as Cheltenham and then Forest Green Rovers bagged the points in a tough five-day spell for Evatt’s men.

Those results went against the trend of Wanderers’ away form in the opening months of the season when the Whites lost only one other of their first nine games on the road en route to reaching the play-offs.

And Evatt is also determined to try and make Wanderers’ only League loss to Cheltenham a blip as his side aims to extend their unbeaten start to the current campaign.


Ian Evatt look stock

“People will say they are a bit of a bogey team for us. That’s a bit of a myth because we’ve won two out of three games there,” said the Whites’ boss.

“Last season that week was extremely disappointing. Every team and every fan, myself included, always look back at the points we believe we left out there during last season and possibly they were two of the games we did.

“But Cheltenham are a good team. They are well organised. It’s always a difficult place to go. It’s a completely different experience to what we’re used to here so we have to go there and be open-minded and make sure we execute our game-plan to the best of our ability.

“We’ve had spells there where we haven’t executed on the day. But you must remember we’ve won two of the last three games there.

We’ve had two wins and two clean sheets, which is important for us and morale and for the fans’ morale as well.
Ian Evatt

“As we will always do, we’ll go there full of confidence and full of belief but knowing it’s going to be a difficult task and one we must make sure we’re fully focused on and ready for.”

Wanderers will be backed by 1,500 fans at Cheltenham for their first away game of the season after an excellent first week brought three points from a 3-0 win over Lincoln and then progress in the Carabao Cup.

“It’s only two games in. We’ve made a solid and we want to cement that on Saturday,” added Evatt, whose side beat Barrow 1-0 in the cup to set up a second-round tie at home to Middlesbrough.

“We’ve had two wins and two clean sheets, which is important for us and morale and for the fans’ morale as well.

“I think we’ve sold out the away end again down there so we’re going to have a fantastic away following and we want to go out there and execute what we do and play as well as we possibly can to hopefully give them something to shout about.”

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