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‘Chaos’ – How Bolton Wanderers aim to cancel out Sheffield Wednesday & Plymouth costly moments

Wanderers have lost twice so far in League One this campaign. They have tasted 2-0 defeats at home to Sheffield Wednesday and away to Plymouth Argyle.

Both clashes have seen Wanderers come out on the wrong side of fine margins which have proved crucial. Moments in games in both boxes have cost the Whites.

Against the Owls, defender Conor Bradley missed a gilt-edged chance at one end which could have seen Bolton go in front. Five minutes later, Wanderers were 2-0 down and the game was as good as over as the Whites conceded two quickfire goals.

Versus the Pilgrims, Wanderers could have gone ahead but were unable to finish their chances created, before defensive errors saw the West Country side go in front. It proved crucial as the Whites were left to rue missed opportunities.

Moments of 'chaos' are what have costed Wanderers in those encounters against two sides expected to be competing near the top of the table come the start of May. MK Dons finished third last season and will have aspirations of being up there again this campaign.

Evatt says work have been done on coaching the chaotic moments that can appear in games, admitting they are hard to react to. But he has seen positive signs on that front in recent performances and hopes the practice they have put in pays off.

He told the Manchester Evening News: It is hard because a lot of our training is structured and we are giving the players a lot of instruction on what is required in and out of possession, the patterns of play, what we are trying to achieve out of possession, where we want the ball funnelled into, how we keep it there, how aggressive we need to be on the high regains all that is structured and can be broken down into detail.

But those moments are chaos. How do you coach that? We have had a pretty good go at it this week, actually. We have manufactured a lot of different scenarios and created chaos in both boxes, so hopefully with that practice we can replicate better defensive structure and ideas in those moments, and likewise in the final third.

Everything is practice and repetition but it is difficult to re-create the most chaotic moments, and they are the ones we have struggled with in the two games we have lost in the league.

I think weve lost three games in 10 and one of them was against a full strength Premier League team, so I actually think its been okay. I think performances have generally been very good. Weve just had moments and lost moments in games and the two we lost in the league in particular, performances werent bad whatsoever.

It was more the moments in both boxes which caused us problems and were trying to work very hard on resolving that. I saw better signs against Crewe and against Charlton.

I think Sheffield Wednesday was dead on five minutes from Conor Bradley missing that chance to us being 2-0 down. The game was won and lost in that five minutes of chaos.

As much as we have a clear idea and structure, work on specific things, we have tried this week to work on a bit more chaos to get some real practice. Well see how it benefits us.”

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