Shaun Miller putting pressure on Eoin Doyle for a starting place at Bolton Wanderers is what is wanted at the League Two club, Ian Evatt has vowed.

In the space of the past week, Miller has come off the bench to replace Bolton's top scorer.

And on both occasions, the former Crewe Alexandra striker has netted the winner in 1-0 victories, first on the road against Southend United and then at home against Barrow over the weekend.

The goals Miller has scored have contributed to a five game winning run which has lifted Wanderers into the League Two play-offs for the first time this season.

Miller has had a limited time on the pitch this season due to injuries, but has returned in recent weeks and made a big contribution with two winning goals.

Evatt admits that Miller is putting Irishman Doyle under pressure for a starting place at Wanderers, but this is what is wanted.

The Bolton boss believes no-one is happier for Miller than Doyle is and is exactly the united front that it wanted at Wanderers as the club moves up the table.

He said: "Of course, but that’s what we want. There’s no-one more pleased than Eoin Doyle for Shaun Miller and that’s the kind of unity we want.

"We want to stick together and come together as a group and really push forwards and all pull in the same direction and when you do that, good things happen. I’ve said to the lads good people make good things happen.

"The way they’re behaving on and off the pitch is excellent. I’m really proud of them all but we’ve got a long way to go - 15 more cup finals.”

The goal against the Bluebirds on Saturday was assisted by Arthur Gnahoua, another substitute who has had an impact off the bench on several occasions for Bolton this campaign.

Evatt admits it is pleasing to see substitutes come off the bench to help change games for Bolton.

And he believes their is positivity running through the whole club at present, which was not always there in the past.

He said: “It is pleasing, but it just helps me make decisions when I’ve got good players available all around the squad and it’s not just about the 11 or the 18, it’s the ones behind that as well that are really pushing the other lads and are happy for everyone to get the right result.

"That hasn’t always been the case. This club for a long time, people have thrived on negativity and it’s almost like they were more pleased when the team lost.

"All of a sudden, we’re seeing smiles on everyone’s faces and what a place to be it is - it’s fantastic. The positivity, not just in the stadium, but around the training ground and off the pitch, around Bolton as well.

"It’s lifting a community and that’s what happens when football clubs are doing well and they’re playing well on the football pitch, it lifts entire communities and it’s given Bolton something to sing about and be proud of again.

"But we’re not happy, we want more and we’re hungry for more.”