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Evatt Vows: Bolton Wanderers wont give up promotion chase

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PROMOTION edge may have slipped away following Saturday’s stalemate with Portsmouth, but Ian Evatt believes the fight is far from over.

Wanderers are four points behind Derby County and must now win their game in hand against Shrewsbury on Tuesday night to keep the pressure on their rivals as League One enters its penultimate round.

Aaron Collins’ header ensured Pompey did not win promotion or the league title at the Toughsheet Stadium, where a valiant performance was not rewarded with a result that would have kept the Whites in control of their own top two fate.

Wanderers are now hoping for a favour from Cambridge United next weekend, but they must first close the gap to a single point with a victory over the Shrews. A large crowd of 25,738 created a partisan environment on Saturday, and the Bolton manager hopes it can be repeated again under the lights in midweek.

“We haven’t lost anything yet,” he told the Bolton News. “We are still battling, and we will continue to fight, but we need every single individual who was in that stadium to show up on Tuesday and go again.

“This game of football has a tendency to startle and surprise. We must ensure that we are prepared to capitalize on any unexpected twists and turns.

“Strange things happen, and we now have two home games against teams we know will fight for nothing.

“We need to lift the players; all of us have a role to play. If we can bring it down to a point, Derby will be away next weekend, while we will be at home against Port Vale, so everything is possible.

“We knew a victory over Portsmouth would have kept it in our hands, but gaining a point means Derby can no longer afford to draw; they must win both games.

“We have to run the business too. We didn’t achieve the outcome we wanted tonight, but I can’t be too harsh on the players because they tried their all.”

Wanderers had 19 shots on goal against Pompey, who now need just one point to secure promotion and three to win the title. Five of those shots were on goal, and for the second time this season, Evatt was left pondering on a game in which his team thought their performance deserved more than what they received.

“We have had this conversation before and we’re one of the leading scorers in the country, I think we’re second in this division, and yet we feel like we could have scored so many more,” he told reporters.

“That’s part of the progression. We have to be more clinical and ruthless.

“I don’t think we produced much more when we scored five against Reading or Oxford, but those days we were clinical, but today we weren’t.

“The level of performance is what I look at and when you perform that way you should win games but today we haven’t done.”

 

 

 

 

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