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Breaking News ! Bolton Wanderers made it four wins on the bounce with a deserved victory at home over Scunthorpe United. Eoin Doyle converted from the penalty spot after Nathan Deflouneso went down under Jacob Bedeau's first half challenge. And skipper Antoni Sarcevic came off the bench to net Bolton's second to secure the three points. The win has lifted Bolton up to ninth in League Two and just a point from the play-offs, while they have extended their unbeaten run to six matches. After the game, Wanderers boss Ian Evatt spoke to the press and here's his immediate reaction to the victory. Read More Related Articles Bolton Wanderers player ratings vs Scunthorpe United: MJ Williams, Declan John and Alex Baptiste good Read More Related Articles 'Sky is the limit' - Evatt on Bolton Wanderers defender Santos but pinpoints area to improve That’s four wins on the spin now? “We’re really pleased to play like that after two long journeys, two difficult pitches, two difficult games. It was an excellent result and Scunthorpe are in excellent form. "They’d won their last four games, they were well organised and they made it difficult for us, but I thought we controlled the game really. I’m just really pleased." Have there been any similarities in the last four games with the way that you’ve won and something you weren’t producing earlier in the season? “I just think we’re controlling games with possession a lot better, especially first half tonight. I don’t know what it was but we must have had 70-odd% of the ball I think. "The only slight negative is we need to, when we’ve got opposition like that, move it quicker, faster tempo, more unselfish runs to create space for others, so there’s lots to work on which is pleasing, but we controlled the game and for all our dominance, it just shows you that this league and what football throws at you. "The defenders were outstanding but they made one mistake with one long ball, and but for Alex Baptiste’s excellent defending it could have easily been 1-1 and they’d have come out of nowhere. "So we have to in our good spells be more dominant and score more to take that pressure off the back four. But I’m really pleased because that was always going to be a really tough game and a tough challenge, but we’ve come through it with flying colours." Was the penalty controversial in your view? “No. If you raise your foot and you kick someone in the head then it has to be a penalty. To be honest, we’ve been on the rough end of enough decisions to not worry about that too much.
. "I’m sure Neil at the other end would want it, but we’re both speaking on the side there and until referees, to give them the best chance, become professional, we’re going to have these inconsistent decisions. But it is what it is and we’ll move on to Saturday.” Was it illustrated again with the strength of the substitutes you were able to call on? “Yeah, it’s amazing that another sub comes on and within five minutes, he scores! We’ve got a really competitive group at the minute, there’s no two ways about it. We’ve recruited really well in January and there’s real competition for places and it’s kind of horses for courses a bit now. "I’ve got that luxury. I’d like us to be more comfortable in games to give people longer rest, especially the ones that have played all season - Doyle for instance, probably Santos - but we’ve done really well of late but we’re not resting on our laurels. "We’re still nowhere near where we want to be so we know what we need to do, but we’re just going to get on doing it and not speak about it.”
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On the power of Doyle’s penalty… “Eoin is a clinical penalty taker and he’s probably not had enough this season. I think he’s the highest scoring Bolton Wanderers player for a long time, so that’s credit to him. "We’re not going to look at our individual performances and records at the moment. As a group, we’ve got something to achieve and we want to achieve it.” Do you feel you’re on the precipice with another home game on Saturday? “No I don’t and until we’re number one in this league, we’re going to keep pushing and I’m going to keep pushing the players. "We’re not happy where we are, but we’ve given ourselves an opportunity and it’s still only an opportunity. "16 games is a hell of a lot of points so let’s not smell ourselves. Let’s get our heads down, keep working hard and go again on Saturday.”