Bolton Wanderers were cast aside by Stockport County despite leading 2-0 and 3-1 in the first half of their FA Cup replay on Wednesday evening.
Summer signing Josh Sheehan had to be substituted in first half additional time with a suspected knee injury before the Trotters’ capitulation ensued after the break.
Evatt explained the extent of the knock the Welshman suffered when he spoke to The Bolton News.
He said: “At the minute his knee feels unstable. We have tested it as best as we can and can’t put our finger on anything in particular but the fact that it feels unstable doesn’t necessarily sound good.
“We have had illnesses and injuries in the camp but they are just excuses. We just need to be better, work harder and fight more.”
Evatt also mentioned how difficult Wanderers found it without MJ Williams in central midfield, in the piece, losing Sheehan as well would decrease the former Barrow boss’ midfield options further.
The Trotters travel to fourth placed Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday in hoping to close the six point gap between themselves and the play-off places. Evatt has a task on his hands to put the Stockport calamity to back of the players’ minds and re-motivate them for the Chairboys challenge.
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There has been a lot of ups and downs in Evatt’s tenure at Bolton and we are not even a season and a half into it yet. It was a very disappointing display on Wednesday evening with the team looking like rabbits in headlights as Stockport came storming back in front of a jubilant home crowd.
Wycombe have been particularly strong at home this season but are over-reliant on the set piece delivery of Joe Jacobson in attack. It is a positive that Bolton have a game on the horizon to forget about their cup exit and focus back on their league endeavours. It will be interesting to see how they cope in MJ Williams’ absence against one of the most well drilled teams in the division.