'Pressure is always going to be there' - Evatt on dealing with expectation

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'Pressure is always going to be there' - Evatt on dealing with expectation
'Pressure is always going to be there' - Evatt on dealing with expectation

Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday are two of the bigger clubs in League One – and naturally that comes with a level of expectation.

But that isn’t always a bad thing, according to Ian Evatt.

The Whites boss wants his side to embrace pressure over the coming season and says it is a result of their strong form since the turn of the year.

“That pressure is always going to be there, it is never going to go away. It is how you deal with that pressure,” he told The Bolton News.

“For us, it is about embracing it and enjoying it. It is nice to have that pressure, it is nice to have expectancy. As I said in the summer, it just means we have been performing well so long may that continue.

“But that will soon go away and turn into frustration if we don’t continue to perform well. We have to focus on ourselves and make sure that we are working hard on the training pitch.

“There is still loads of improvement to come in this team. It is still relatively young and inexperienced, but I do see signs of us improving in a lot of areas which is important for us this season.

“Hopefully, we can continue to get good results. But there are going to be stages this season where our reaction to adversity is going to be tested – not just the players and myself, but the fans as well.

“We might have a bad run of form, we might have a bad result. And it is how you respond in those times that will really define us this season. So it is about sticking together, enjoying the good times.

“We are unbeaten and playing very well, but we are not happy and settled with that. We want more and want to keep working hard to get more. And I do feel like we haven’t hit top gear yet, which is important.”

Evatt’s men have picked up where they left off in the early stages of the new campaign, picking up eight points from their opening four matches.

Meanwhile, the Owls have taken seven points and suffered a 2-0 defeat against Peterborough United in their last outing - playing just under an hour with 10 men after Reece James was sent off for a foul on Joe Ward.