Bolton boss, Ian Evatt admits that his side needed to find another gear to see out a hard-fought 2-1 win over Walsall at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Wanderers were trailing by a goal-to-nil with just 25 minutes to play as Sam Perry put the Saddlers ahead on 28 minutes, striking from distance to stun Evatt’s side, whose side were below-par in terms of their usual level of performance.
With that ‘massive’ win, Evatt’s men are now 12 matches unbeaten, winning ten of their last twelve matches in Sky Bet League Two.
Kieran Lee and Eoin Doyle were on-target for Wanderers in their late comeback, with Lee winning the penalty, incidentally as Doyle converted, ten minutes from time.
“In the first-half, we weren’t quite at the races,” Evatt told BWFC.co.uk. “We just didn’t find the solutions to where the space was. We didn’t move the ball with enough tempo, and, yes it took us until half-time to get the players in and recognise where the space was and how we could hurt them, whilst moving the ball with a quicker tempo and quicker speed.
“I’m delighted for the players in the second-half and we deserved to win the game. They’ve really raised standards, raised the tempo of the game and thoroughly deserved the win.”
After a sluggish first-half display, Evatt admits that his side came out a different team in the second phase of the game.
“It was another question that was asked of us, another question to see if we could come back from behind after a not-so-good half, and they’ve answered that question, again. To go on a run like we have done, lower down the pyramid of English Football is really, really tough.
“The top, top teams at Premier League level can spend hundreds of millions, they can go on amazing runs but for us to do it at this level, credit to the players because they make sacrifices every day, they put the work in and we’ve got ten cup finals to go.”
In securing a valuable three points on home soil, Evatt admits that his side have inherited a winning mentality.
“Teams have to find a way to win,” admitted Evatt. “We do a lot of analysis work in the week. Against us, many teams change how they’d normally play and when they do that, for us it’s about finding the solution to the problem. It took us until half-time to do that, but when we did find those solutions, we took over the game and deserved the win.”