Ian Evatt believes Bolton Wanderers have experienced some 'rotten luck' in League One this season and feels his side could be as high as in the top six had they had a fully fit squad this season.

Wanderers are currently in the midst of an injury crisis and are down to their bare bones with first team players.

The likes of Josh Sheehan, Amadou Bakayoko, Harry Brockbank, Gethin Jones, MJ Williams, Alex Baptiste and Lloyd Isgrove currently out injured.

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Bolton currently sit 11th in League One heading into this afternoon's clash at the University of Bolton Stadium against Cheltenham Town.

They currently sit seven points from the play-offs as things stand and pointed out that six of the club's eight losses this season have been to the sides which currently occupy the various promotion places.

And he feels that taking the 4-0 loss to Wigan Athletic out of it, but against the likes of Sunderland, Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United, Wanderers have put in good performances but just came out with nothing to show for it.

The Bolton boss admits frustration at their current position but believes their performances against League One's top sides so far is a good indication of where they are right now as Wanderers aim to make their way up the table.

Evatt said: "There is a bit of frustration from me because I feel we’ve had a lot of rotten luck. I do feel that we would be competitive in the top 10 to eight to six if we had a fully fit squad all season, but we haven’t.

"The eight games we have lost, six of those have been to the to six. That’s the difference – in those moments and big games, we’ve needed everybody and we haven’t quite had them.

"Take the Wigan game out of it, if you look at the Sunderland game, the Sheffield Wednesday game, even the Rotherham game at home – we’ve played pretty well in those games and just not got anything to show for it.

"That is a good marker to where we are at – we’re doing okay but not quite where we want to be."