SKY Sports pundit Andy Hinchcliffe has described Wanderers’ recent rise to promotion contention as “incredible”.

Speaking on the EFL Podcast, the former Everton defender praised Ian Evatt for turning the Whites’ campaign around after a difficult start.

Bolton have risen from 19th in the table to fourth and will go into the top three if they beat Colchester United on Good Friday (kick-off 1pm).

“Signs of a revival? They have gone from 19th to fourth. It’s incredible,” he said.

“The mood around Bolton and the way things had gone over the last few seasons, any coach going in there you’d think they haven’t got a hope in hell of tuning it around.

“But it is an incredible story and they are playing good football.

“When Ian Evatt went there a few eyebrows were raised because he left a successful team at Barrow that he’d brought into the Football League. People thought ‘why on earth would you take Bolton on?

“This is why he took Bolton on. It’s a brilliant coaching job. The players have really bought into it, and that is some rapid rise up the league.”

Sky Sports journalist Caroline Barker is also impressed that Evatt’s side has been winning with style.

“I loved that line that they don’t score rubbish goals,” she said. “They have scored 36 of their 48 goals from open play.

“There were certainly comments when he walked into that team and then initially what was going on. To see that change in form, that steady progression, has been amazing.”

The full EFL podcast can be found here.