Bolton Wanderers are back in action this weekend when they travel to Prenton Park to take on Tranmere Rovers.
The Trotters are on the road aiming for their first win of 2021 when they take on former boss Keith Hill's Super White Army.
And they are seeking to claim three points for the first time in more than a month when heading to the Wirral.
Ahead of the game, Wanderers manager Ian Evatt spoke to the media at a pre-match press conference and here's the highlights of what he said on a range of topics, including the latest on the transfer window front.
What’s the latest transfer window update?
“No new news really. It’s just ongoing. We’re obviously monitoring the situation closely, looking at potential ins and outs, but at the moment there’s nothing to report.”
Are you expectant that will alter between now and the end of January?
“Obviously if the right players become available we’ll be in the market for them. We’ve got plenty of room still left in the salary cap, plenty of room and plenty of support from the board but it’s just if the right ones become available.
"We certainly won’t waste the club’s money on players I don’t think that can affect our first team and make us better, so if something comes available at the right money to make us better then we’ll be in the market to do it.”
How do you assess the players that have arrived?
“Kieran Lee will add a lot of quality to us. Unfortunately he’s got just a bit of damage to his muscle fascia tissue, not the muscle itself, which will probably keep him out of Saturday but not keep him out for much longer than that.
" Declan John is back running so he’s going to add lots of quality to us. He’ll be back at some point next week. The two young boys got chucked in the deep end on Saturday but they didn’t do themselves any harm.
"We saw with Jacko (Ben Jackson) he gave us some natural balance on the left hand side which is good. He’s got good energy, his data stats were excellent and same with Zack (Elbouzedi) really.
"They just need to get used to our movements, but they’re two very good young players that make the squad better and add competition.”
Does Bolton's position put added pressure on players, particularly ones who might come in in January to hit the ground running?
"Obviously we want to improve, we want to be better. We wouldn't sign anybody that we didn't think would make the team better.
"More important for me is performance levels. As I said on Saturday that was the best we'd played all season. We should have and deserved to win the game.
"Our data was the best it's been all season, we covered the most distance we have all season, all that was missing was the goals and the result but if they perform like that there's no issues from me that we'll finish a lot closer to where we want to finish than we are now."
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You've got Tranmere at the weekend, then Mansfield, Leyton Orient - we're halfway through the season, in that position where there isn't much wriggle room in terms of having to get things right and in turn does that apply a bit more pressure?
"I don't feel under any pressure. The board have been incredibly supportive, always have been. This is a process and from the outside looking in it's easy to see and think that Bolton Wanderers should be top of this league and winning the league easily and comfortably, but for what reason? Give me a reason. We're trying to rebuild here and it's a big rebuild job.
"This club has been in decline. We have to make sure the structure and the foundations are in place before we start to see the fruits of that labour, and we are still down in the process, but I'm not happy at all where we are at the moment.
"I think we should be doing better of course, but it is a process and if we perform like we did on Saturday then I'm more than happy that we'll get the results and move up this league and move up it fast because this league, in my opinion, is still condensed and it's condensed because there's no outstanding teams.
"So if we can perform like we did in November, with consistency, we'll shoot up the league and there's still lots to play for.
"I think we're eight points off the play-offs. That's nothing. If we put a run together that's nothing, and then all of a sudden we're looking up and not down. But you ask opposition managers, you ask Michael Duff for instance was he fortunate to get a point, was the Crawley manager fortunate to win the game, yes they are because we are improving but we need to improve quicker and get more consistent results off the back of our positive performances.
How have the new players taken to training this week?
"They've done well. Obviously the weather conditions weren't very nice today - freezing cold, gale force wind and a soaked pitch from the weather we've had, but we've trained well, they're learning what we do, they're learning about us every day.
"They're two bright young prospects and they add competition for places in our squad. It's another week down the line but they'll improve as we go along."
At the halfway stage of the season - what does it mean in terms of training intensity?
"You have to be more measured when there are midweek fixtures because you have to recover and give the players time to recover, otherwise you'll just break them down. But we're not backing off. We want to improve, we're striving for improvement every day on the training pitch.
"For me you very much train how you play. You can't turn a switch on and off, you have to leave that switch turned on at all times. And if you get used to training and playing at the same intensity then it can only bode well for you to perform consistently moving forward.
What are your hopes for the remainder of the campaign?
"I hope that we improve dramatically on what we've done so far because I don't think we've really set the world alight and not done what we've set out to do.
"Obviously there have been things that have held us back of course but I want to see us really improve and push on in the second half of the season and get more consistent results and more wins on the board.
"Everyone wants to do better, we all want to do better, hopefully we will do better in the second half of the season."
Callum King-Harmes is out on loan at Bamber Bridge and it looks more likely that those beneath the National League might call their season null and void. How much more difficult does it make it to send players out on loan?
“I think if there’s no football then you can’t send them out on loan. It is what it is, it’s the nature of the beast, it’s the world we live in at the minute.
"We just have to adapt and overcome, so Callum will be back with us and we’ll try and arrange some in house games or some friendly games to get them the minutes that they need.”
Tranmere got a good win on Tuesday night against Forest Green, it it a case of wanting to make amends for the game last month, the 3-0 defeat before Christmas?
“I don’t particularly want to talk about it either, but I don’t think it was a justified 3-0 defeat. I think they scored three goals against the run of play so to speak and we weren’t happy with the result.
"We want to go there and put it right on Saturday. We’re talking about moving forwards now and not looking back so let’s look forward to Saturday and hopefully have the same performance that we had on the Saturday just gone.”