IAN Evatt says the path is clear for someone to impress and claim a place in his winning Wanderers midfield.

After naming an unchanged line-up for the last three league games the Bolton boss will be forced to change the injured Andrew Tutte for this weekend’s game against Port Vale.

The likes of Tom White, Ronan Darcy, Brandon Comley, George Thomason and Regan Riley could get the nod as the side looks to carry their faultless November form into the last month of 2020.

An injury to Shaun Miller also reduced his options up front – and Arthur Gnahoua could come now back into play as cover on the bench.

As the Southend game was shifted forward to the weekend, Evatt has longer to prepare his players, and expects competition to be fierce on the training ground now that there is a spot available in the side.

“I’ve said repeatedly to the players, and I’ll repeat, football changes so quickly,” he said.

“In an instant in the last minute of training Shaun Miller tears his thigh, then in the game Tutte over-stretched straight away and his thigh has gone – that’s how quickly is happens. In an instant.

“If you are not in the team you have to be ready. And that is why I maintain that they must keep training properly.

“They must drive standards and the intensity in training and if they do that, they’ll get an opportunity, as we’ve seen, and they must take it.”

Evatt has done his best to maintain focus in his squad during the recent winning run and avoid any signs of over-confidence.

The club moved into ninth spot after beating Southend and have now taken as many league points in the last 15 days as they had in the previous 343.

Asked if an unbeaten November had come as a surprise, Evatt added: “I thought we’d do that in October but was proved wrong.

“I expect us to win every game. Now I know that won’t happen but we’ll do our very best to make that the case. I have said all along we’re capable of winning every one we go into but you accept that everything can’t always be as you’d want it, and it won’t go right for you all season.

“It certainly didn’t do early on, but we didn’t get too low, we didn’t get too down on ourselves, we kept believing and we kept working hard on the training pitch and eventually things are starting to come together.

“We’ve done nothing yet, it means nothing in November, we need to keep this run going and make sure we get this club back up to the top of this league.”