Wanderers boss Ian Evatt's view on 'really competitive' League One table

Wanderers boss Ian Evatt's view on 'really competitive' League One table
Wanderers boss Ian Evatt's view on 'really competitive' League One table

The League One table seems slightly harsh on Wanderers at this early stage of the season.

Ian Evatt’s men have only lost twice so far, against Sheffield Wednesday and Plymouth Argyle either side of a frustrating week.

But the Whites find themselves five points behind early leaders Plymouth, albeit with a game in hand.

Ian Evatt believes his side’s current position highlights the quality throughout the division, with six teams already on 20 points or more.

But the Bolton chief is pleased with their start despite a tricky set of fixtures on paper and hopes they can push on in the coming weeks and months.

“I think it is a good start to the season because I have said before – if you average two points a game over the course of the season, it is automatic promotion,” he said.

“But we still find ourselves sixth, so that shows the strength of the league really and the strength of the top teams.

“It is going to be a difficult season, it is really competitive. Obviously, we have got that extra game at the moment but that counts for nothing unless you win it.

“For us, what’s gone is gone. We are not focused on what has been achieved so far. We are focused on the next game and the next game is Cheltenham. We will be ready to go.”

Wanderers have conceded just six league goals since the start of the campaign – a total no other club in the third tier can better.

Evatt added: “I said on Saturday, it isn’t just about the defence and the goalkeeper. It is about the team and how we defend.

“That is really interesting that we have only conceded six because we are not a defensive team. What we are is a team that works hard in and out of possession.

“If you put both together, it makes it really difficult for opposition to create and take chances against you, so long may that continue.”

However, the Bolton boss is keen to guard against complacency ahead of the upcoming trips to Cheltenham and Forest Green.

Evatt believes there is still even more to come from his side and challenged them to be more ruthless in the final third.

“I think to everyone else in the crowd it almost felt a bit routine on Saturday, and that is a dangerous place to go,” the manager explained.

“We don’t want to be comfortable, we want to work really hard to maintain our victories, and Saturday was no different.

“I think there was only one team playing to win, but that can be a dangerous game. I thought against a low block, we still created lots of opportunities.

“For me, the only slight criticism is just being clinical in the final third with our decision making and execution. Other than that, I thought it was a pretty good performance.”