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‘No soft touches’ – Bolton Wanderers boss Ian Evatt gives verdict on Peterborough United win

Wanderers hosted Posh and went close to taking the lead in the first half when Gethin Jones headed against the post. Conor Bradley had earlier seen a good chance go wide.

After the break, Dion Charles curled over from outside the box, while Jack Iredale also saw an effort saved. But Wanderers went ahead thanks to Dapo Afolayan as his deflected effort bounced over the line to deliver the hosts a valuable three points.

The win saw Wanderers remain fifth in the League One table and solidify a place in the top six. After the game, Ian Evatt gave his immediate reaction to the win.

Whats your reaction?

I think we thoroughly deserved it. I thought we controlled large spells. They are a dangerous team and I thought they came here for a scrap. They really put it on us.

Theres no soft touches here anymore. We stood up to that, stood up to the bully and eventually came out on top. I thought we deserved to win. We had all the best chances.

Im delighted for Dapo who has kept his head down and been professional and worked hard. He deserved that goal.

What was the most pleasing aspect of the win?

Just everything about it really. The fact that it felt like a proper game to be honest. It felt like two good teams and two teams that are probably going to fight it out at the top half of the table.

But I just thought the way we stood up to the physicality and then showed moments of real quality and had lots of big chances, just didnt take them. If Im being critical, thats the one area that we do need to improve on, but other than that I dont think anybody can argue we deserved to win.

It was cut and thrust – did it get a bit close to boiling over at times?

I thought we kept our discipline really well. Were a group of fighters and when our backs are to the wall, we come out swinging and thats what we do and I think we thoroughly deserved to win. I dont think anyone can have an argument with that.

The last thing you want now is an international break?

No, weve said goodbye to a few today but its not the break yet. Weve got an important game on Tuesday and now well fully focus on that.

How testing have the last group of games been?

Really testing. I think every game is really challenging and testing and I think if you look at the results throughout the league and the fixtures on Saturdays, theres always surprises, theres always upsets. Its a really difficult league and every game throws a different challenge at you.

“We feel like weve had a tough start, but weve still got a long way to go. Its a decent start and looks pretty good, but its only a start. Weve got lots of work to do.

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