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Bolton boss has final-day Derby County plan amid Pride Park update admission

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Bolton boss Ian Evatt will be keeping a close eye on Derby County’s game against Carlisle and is ready to go “gung-ho” at Peterborough United if given a chance to snatch automatic promotion.

Wanderers have a tough task ahead to secure the second spot from Paul Warne’s Derby side, who need just a point to seal their return to the Championship. Bolton’s task has been made even more difficult by the fact that they travel to Peterborough, who are fourth in the table and will want to finish their season with some momentum heading into the playoffs.

Bolton need a four-goal swing in goal difference and for Derby to lose in order to seal the runners-up spot, and Evatt says he will be kept abreast of developments.

“Apart from Nathan (Baxter) going up front, we have learned our lesson from that,” he said, referring to a game against Carlisle earlier in the season. “Other than that, we will probably have to go for it a little more – but this is a team that creates a hatful of chances, so provided we can take them, we won’t have a problem on that front.

“Obviously we will get updates in the game and if we need to go a little more gung-ho because the goals need to come then that is something we can change in-game, but the approach is the same. We will play our way and try to win the game. If things don’t go our way then we continue with the momentum going into what’s to come.

“The most important thing is that we perform against one of our direct competitors. Peterborough have been very good this season, they have been right up there for the majority of it.”

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