Ian Evatt on Dion Charles offside Bolton Wanderers goal vs Sheffield Wednesday & MJ Williams aim

Ian Evatt says he will have a look to see if Dion Charles’ offside goal should have stood or not for Bolton Wanderers against Sheffield Wednesday as he feels MJ Williams ought to add more goals to his game.

Wanderers went behind after the break when the Owls took the lead through Harlee Dean’s header from Barry Bannan’s corner came off the post and Jordan Storey was on hand to tap home.

But Bolton equalized before full-time when Aaron Morley’s corner was only half cleared and Williams fired home through a crowded penalty area to ensure Wanderers would get a share of the spoils.

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Wanderers are 10th in the table after the draw, while Wednesday remain in the top six but only on goal difference along with Sunderland and Wycombe Wanderers.

Before Storey put the Owls in front, Charles had raced clear to put Wanderers ahead, but was ultimately flagged offside and the goal did not stand.

Evatt admits he will have a look at the goal back but was pleased with the draw as he felt Williams could add more goals to his game after breaking his Wanderers duck.

He said: “I haven’t seen that back to be honest, but I’ll have a look. There’s not too many times this season where we can say we’ve probably got away with that a little bit and today was one of those days, but there’s no crime in that.

“It always seems to be us on the other end of that so a good draw and then four more games to go.

“He (Williams) strikes a wonderful ball so there’s no reason why he can’t add goals to his game. Fundamentally he’s our defensive midfield player and he has responsibility but he can progress up the pitch.

“He had a shot on Tuesday (vs Portsmouth) as well late on and it’s actually good play, but it’s more of a passback than a shot! But a good position to find himself in and a very good finish.”

Wanderers lined up with a back four for the encounter with Will Aimson and George Johnston playing well in the clash.

But Evatt believes there is still lessons to be learned about playing out from the back in that formation as he sent his players a message when needing a goal in the closing stages of encounters.

He said: “I thought they defended well and because we’ve changed shape, we’ve lost a bit of our playing out habits and we haven’t had time to work on it.

“We thought they could pick it up and at times, they did really pick it up first half. I think when we passed it with detail and the movement and rotation was there.

“We looked a really good team but at times it was a bit slow, it was a bit safe and negative and we got into some bad habits so there’s some work to do there, but it’s nice that we can now revert from three or four (at the back).We reverted back to a three late second half when we’re pushing for a win to get extra bodies on the last line.

“I think we went a bit more direct and my only flu with Tuesday (against Portsmouth) was we scored and had all the momentum and we started just playing it round at the back when it was time to ask the defense questions.

“Yes, we want to be possession based but the last five or 10 minutes of games and if you’ve got all the impetus and your players are dominating their centre-backs, don’t be afraid to play forwards as long as it’s with quality, and we did that really in the last five minutes, gained a corner and MJ’s come up with his first ever goal which is nice for him.”


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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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