Ian Evatt believes the fact he is not naming goalkeepers on the bench for Bolton Wanderers shows the faith he has in number one Billy Crellin.

The Trotters have not had a replacement stopper on the substitutes bench in any of their League Two fixtures played in October.

The last time a goalkeeper was on the bench in the league was Matthew Alexander for the defeat against Newport County last month, with the player also being among the substitutes for the EFL Trophy loss against Shrewsbury Town.

Crellin was criticised by Evatt after Bolton's most recent match against Cambridge United when his attempted parry ended up in the back of his own net, though Wanderers were able to claim a share of the spoils thanks to skipper Antoni Sarcevic's strike.

The Bolton head coach has since apologised for his use of the phrase 'man up' when speaking about the Fleetwood Town loanee's recent performances.

But having not named a replacement goalkeeper on the bench as of late, Evatt believes that shows the faith he has in Crellin, though the stopper will still be told when he is not performing to the expected standards.

Evatt said: “That should also tell you that I believe in my goalkeeper and I have faith in my goalkeeper and I do and my standards are high and my standards are high with everybody.

"They all know about my standards and they all know the standards that I drive, so it also says with not having a goalkeeper on the bench, I believe my goalkeeper is more than adequate to do the job and he is - he’s a fantastic young player and I have firm belief in him and he knows that.

"But I also know and he knows that himself that when he’s not performing, he’ll be told - it’s that simple.

"Now it’s the way I said it, possibly again with the terminology that I really apologise for, but my honesty on his performance and the mistake would not change - it would not change with any of them. It’s the same for Eoin Doyle to Billy Crellin to anyone else.

"What I apologise for is the way what I said was interpreted. It shouldn’t have been said that way, it wasn’t meant that way and if I offended anyone I do really apologise."

Evatt revealed he had other options to bring other goalkeepers into the University of Bolton Stadium over the transfer window, but elected to bring in Crellin on a season long loan and give him the number one spot.

If anything were to happen to the 20-year-old, Evatt admits he would have to reassess his options, but that Crellin remains his number one choice inbetween the sticks.

And Evatt believes the youngster will become a top keeper and drew on Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder's approach when it came to handling Manchester United loanee Dean Henderson and how the latter dealt with criticism which came his way.

The Blades boss slammed his then player for a mistake he made against Liverpool and Evatt pointed to the response the Bramall Lane boss received for that criticism of Henderson, though accepting he used different terminology.

Evatt said: “I reiterated the belief and the faith I have in him and that there were a million and one options in the summer to bring a goalkeeper in and I chose him to be our number one.

“I also don’t put a keeper on the bench because of the faith I have in him.

“In no way, shape or form was what I said personal to him or anyone else. It was that my standards are high and if anyone slips under those standards they will be told.

“Again, where it went wrong was the terminology. That’s my own fault and it really hurt me that I have offended some people because that isn’t me as a human being let alone a football manager.

“The players understand who I am, they buy into it, and they understood this morning the standards we want as a group. We want to win and to do that sometimes you have to get through mistakes and errors, you have to build resilience.

“In my opinion, my style of management is to be open and honest with the players and I know they respect that, and long-term it will bode well for us.

“To everybody who doesn’t know Ian Evatt or Billy Crellin, or how I manage football teams, that is what I’ll say – I understand human beings, personalities and characteristics. If I didn’t think he could cope with what I said, I wouldn’t have said it.

“I believe in Billy. If something were to happen then we would have to reassess but at the moment he is my number one keeper and someone I have complete faith in.

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“He has so many attributes – he can kick it, make saves, he’s big. In terms of his characteristics I would like him to be more vocal but that will come with experience and age.

“He’s a confident boy and all the best keepers are confident people who can deal with criticism.

“I go back to Dean Henderson and Chris Wilder last season. He was labelled a legend for what he said. Obviously he didn’t use the terminology I did – and I’m in the wrong for that – but he will be a top keeper."