ANDY Tutte insists Wanderers still have their eye on League One football next season.

Defeat against Crawley Town on Saturday saw Ian Evatt’s side drop to 15th – just six points above Grimsby Town in the final relegation spot.

The Whites are also eight points adrift of the play-offs but Tutte insists he has not thought once about looking over his shoulder in the opening 21 games.

“I have never thought about relegation – I don’t know if any of the other lads have,” he said. “Nobody has mentioned it.

“As a club, we have standards, just because of the size of it. And we have still got in our mind that we want to get promoted, whether that is through the play-offs or automatic.

“You win two or three games on the bounce at the moment and you are in amongst it again.”

Wanderers have 26 points in the bank, 12 of which came in a winning streak during November.

Inconsistency either side of that month has been a persistent issue for Evatt’s men, who have spent just one week inside the top 10.

Tutte refuses to look on the downside, however, and remains upbeat about Bolton’s chances of assembling another winning run.

“That game has gone,” he said. “The good thing about football is that you get a chance to put it right with the next game.

“If we are stood here in 10 days talking about a win at Exeter then the questions are about kicking on and whether we can close the gap on the play-offs or the automatics.

“I am still confident that we can get that run. “You look back at that Salford game, and we won four or five games on the bounce. It shows we can do it.

“If we go on a similar run we’re a couple of points outside the play off places. “I don’t think we can focus too far ahead, though, we have to focus on the next game and getting three points on the board.”

On the Crawley defeat, Tutte struggled to see how Wanderers had not taken at least a point after a late onslaught.

“It was a tough one to take,” he said. “They had three shots on target and scored with one, and we had more than 25 and didn’t get a goal. And there weren’t shots from far out, it was six yards. On another day that’s 5-1.

“It felt in the game that there was only one side going to win. Last week we had three chances and scored three goals at Carlisle but we can’t dwell on it, there’s 25 games to go and we need to kickstart out season.”