Bolton Wanderers boss wants side to land a punch on heavyweights Peterborough


Wanderers have been warned to keep up their guard in Saturday’s heavyweight battle against Peterborough United.

Ian Evatt has a healthy respect for Posh, relegated from the Championship last season, and in particular their fearsome strike-force of Jonson Clarke-Harris and Jack Marriott.

Though Bolton have won their last two, whereas Grant McCann’s side have managed to lose their last five games in all competitions.

Nevertheless, Evatt has warned his side that they cannot afford to lose a moment’s focus if they are to keep up their winning run.

“I think the way Peterborough play is never going to change, so regardless of results they’re always going to knock on your door and ask you questions constantly,” he said.

“There isn’t a moment in the game where you can switch off because defensively they will test you, there’s no doubt about it and we have to make sure that we show the same levels of concentration as we did against Charlton and MK because if we don’t, we’ll get hurt because they’re the type of team that can hurt you.

“Hopefully when they’re swinging at us, we can throw a few punches back in their direction and hurt them too. I think we’re capable of that but it’s a real game for concentration and focus, especially out of possession.”

Wanderers’ previous two victories have been against possession-based sides in MK Dons and Charlton Athletic, opponents which, in Evatt’s view, suit the way his own side play.

Posh present a more unpredictable proposition, and the Bolton boss feels his side will have to be at their best to gain a result.

“I think it’ll be a bit more transitional game,” he said. “I think either team might not have the same control I thought we had in the last couple of games. MK, Charlton and ourselves are possession-based and like to have control of the ball. Peterborough can just hurt you, they can be against the ropes and all of a sudden swing a right hook and be on the canvass – that’s the type of team they are.

“They are a dangerous team – the results suggest that, won four, lost four, they are not in it to draw. They are capable of walloping you but also throwing games open and losing them as well.

“They are really dangerous. Very good in transition, commit loads of bodies forward and so it will be a challenging game.

“It’s one of those boxing matches where you’re going to have to have your guard up for 90 minutes because if you don’t you’re going to be in trouble. I don’t think you’re ever comfortable against teams like Peterborough. They’re never out of the game, they’re always likely to create something so it’s a challenging and difficult game but one we’re looking forward to.”





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