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Breaking News ! Bolton Wanderers are expecting to have to deal with aerial threats against Harrogate Town tomorrow which they are coping with better these days - but Ian Evatt wants to see his players get their head on things in the opposition box more often. The Whites entertain the Sulphurites this weekend aiming to return to winning ways when Simon Weaver's side travel to the University of Bolton Stadium. Wanderers won the previous meeting on the road in early October and will be aiming to do the double over the Yorkshire side, as well as return to winning ways after the club's unbeaten run came to an end after 14 matches on Easter Monday with defeat against Newport County. Assessing what to expect against the Sulphurites, Evatt believes Bolton will have to deal with aerial threats and then use their quality and movement to ensure they can hurt the Yorkshire side. “We’re expecting a few balls in the box, in fact I think that is why a lot of the lads haven’t had a haircut so it can absorb some of the blow," he said. Read More Related Articles Ian Evatt wins third League Two manager of the month award but why Bolton boss would trade them all Read More Related Articles Bolton Wanderers boss Ian Evatt on Harrogate Town, team changes and promotion run-in “You’ve all seen George Thomason’s hair – Matt Gilks has been calling him a centurion all day because his hairdo has grown into the shape of a helmet. “The basics in a lot of games in League Two are defend your box, defend set pieces, defend long throws well, and win the second balls. “It won’t be any different on Saturday. Harrogate are direct, they are physical, they are good at all that stuff and we need to make sure we do that side of the game well. Then we need to make sure we have the quality, intensity and movement to cause them problems." Defending from set pieces had been an Achilles heel for large parts of the season for Wanderers, and had led to many goals being conceded from these situations. This has improved a lot of late and Evatt gave credit to his players for their willingness to get their head of the end of things in their own box. But the Bolton boss wants to see his players doing more of the same in the opposition penalty box and feels goals from set pieces in their favour is an area which they still need to improve. Read More Related Articles 'No man was more devastated' - Bolton Wanderers' Kieran Lee backed to find scoring touch Read More Related Articles Positive injury update on Bolton Wanderers captain Antoni Sarcevic ahead of Harrogate Town “The players should take a lot of credit for that because they have had to put their head where it hurts," said Evatt. “We openly admit we would like to score more from our own set pieces.
. “Defending, we have found some solutions. But we can’t take them for granted. “On Saturday you got a free-kick that was unfairly given and with one ricochet the ball ends up in the back of the net, and it can happen in any game. “We would like to score more. We’re looking for the solutions and the opportunities to score more. “We have a variety of set pieces we work on, sometimes it is short, sometimes it is in the box, and it is then about executing it on the day. We haven’t well enough and we know it is an area we have to improve. “There is work to be done and we will continue to work hard.
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“It comes down to personnel. Have we got the type of player who is going to go and butt someone in the head and take 20 stitches in his eye to score a goal? Probably not. “But have we got a player who can bring a ball down, step into midfield, ping it left, right or centre and create an attack? Yes. “If you combine the two together then you have a Championship or Premier League player but you have to remember we are in League Two, so you can’t have it all. “We had to find different ways to score. Set pieces are a frustration to me because we don’t do well enough or score enough from them but it is not for the lack of trying."