Ian Evatt believes there is more to come on the flanks with the new formation Bolton Wanderers played against Colchester United.

Wanderers played the opening three games of the season in a 3-4-1-2 but lined up in a 4-2-3-1 over the weekend against the U's.

Despite the match at the Jobserve Community Stadium ending in defeat, the performance with the fresh formation was well received by Bolton boss Evatt which he felt suited his team.

Combinations on the left flank between Nathan Delfouneso and Liam Gordon and on the right between Gethin Jones and Jak Hickman caused problems throughout the game for Colchester.

Evatt feels with another week of work on the training ground, the formation Wanderers employed will bear even more fruit.

And he reserved special praise for Hickman who was playing in a more forward role compared to when making his Wanderers debut in the EFL Trophy against Crewe Alexandra, where he lined up as a right wing-back.

But the Bolton boss feels it is a position Hickman has in his arsenal and laid down the gauntlet to his side to turn the positive performance against the U's into results.

Evatt said: “He (Hickman) can do that role and he has played that role in the past. He has very good quality with his right foot and we put in some fantastic balls into the box.

“There were some lovely combinations between the full-backs and the wide players, so another week on the training ground and working at it and we’re going to be even better.

“The challenge is now we need to turn that performance into results.

“It’s only two games. Let’s not judge us now. Nothing gets given out now. It matters in April and May.”