Post-Match: Evatt on Bolton's Win at Salford City

  • April 13, 2021 | By Chris Mann
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Ian Evatt admits Bolton have one eye on promotion but insists they have achieved nothing yet and attention must now turn to Saturday's game at Grimsby Town.

Wanderers opened up a four-point gap between themselves and the chasing pack in the race for automatic promotion to League One on Tuesday, with Lloyd Isgrove scoring the only goal in victory at Salford City - who had gone undefeate in 21 league outings at the Peninsula Stadium dating back to February 2020.

Speaking after the game, Evatt revealed he was 'bursting with pride' at the performance and attitude of his players and has challenged them to complete the job, giving supporters something to celebrate upon their return to prospective return to fixtures next season.

"There's no denying it's a huge win," Evatt told OfficialBWFC on YouTube. "The lads thoroughly deserved it, they were outstanding.

"First-half we created a lot of chances - it felt a bit like Newport. We missed a few good ones but we got the goal in the end. We stayed patient and our play was first-class in the first-half. It was as good an away performance as you'll see.

"Second-half was more disciplined, more workmanlike than anything else. Nothing too flashy but good defending from back to front.

"The pleasing thing for me was the way we defended as a team. Forward lads tracking back, making tackles, headers.

"The back-four and goalkeeper, it's their job and they've been outstanding. But to a man, the way we defended in the second-half was brilliant.

"You can hear the lads that aren't in the squad or are injured - they all travelled - cheering and celebrating every tackle, every header. That's how together the boys are.

"It's great to see. The changing room is absolutely bouncing and rightly so. Tonight we'll enjoy it but we must prepare now for Grimsby on Saturday.

"The job is not done. We've got five big games to go and we need to take this victory into Saturday now.

"I'm bursting with pride. The way, as a group, we've carried ourselves and performed on and off the pitch is brilliant. I'm really proud to be manager of this football club and the way we're connecting with our community and fanbase again.

"Hopefully, by the time we see our fans, which we're hopeful it will be soon, we'll have something to cheer about together."

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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8 Oxford United 46 76
9 Bolton Wanderers 46 73
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