Bolton Wanderers attacker Nathan Delfouneso needs to replicate what he showed in the victory over Liverpool’s under-21s to stake a claim for a regular first team starting place.
Delfouneso put Wanderers in front in the first half of the 4-1 victory in the Papa John’s Trophy before Amadou Bakayoko slotted home a second after the break.
Bolton had a third when Jarell Quansah put Harry Brockbank’s cross into his own net, though Elijah Dixon-Bonner grabbed one back shortly after.
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But Bakayoko fired home Bolton’s fourth from the penalty identify after Mitch Henry was brought down in the box by Liverpool goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga.
The 30-year-old has made seven appearances so far this season, four of which have been starts and has been restricted to coming off the bench in League One.
And after kicking off the scoring against Liverpool’s youngsters with his second strike of the campaign, Evatt called on Delfouneso to replicate the performance to give himself a chance of staking a claim for a place in the team in a very competitive area of the pitch for Bolton.
Evatt said: “Me and Nathan have spoken a lot about what he has to do to get in the team and we need to see more of that.
“We know Nathan has the talent but he has to produce it because we’ve got some really good players in every area of the pitch.
“He knows what’s required, it’s just about him producing that on a consistent basis.
“It just boils down to taking opportunities and it’s not just today because it’s a game and it’s competitive and there’s fans in and it’s a fantastic stadium that you should take that opportunity. It’s every single day you step foot on the grass.
“You should want to be the best player, you should want to impress the manager, you should want to impress your team mates, we have to have that attitude and once you do get that what it does is it drives everybody else on because then there’s a culture and standards are produced and we’ve produced those standards now.”
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