WILL Aimson believes Wanderers need to develop a ‘stubborn streak’ if they are to see some progress in League One.

Ian Evatt’s team has struggled for form either side of their enforced Covid lay-off, winning just two of their last 12 league games and dropping to 17th in the table.

Conceding the first goal in 10 of those games, Aimson admits the Whites have life difficult for themselves by making defensive mistakes.

Promotion from League Two last season was built on a regular supply of clean sheets from January onward but they have been harder to come by this term, with just four in the first 23 games.

“It is difficult,” Aimson said. “There have been games we have started well but conceded first and all of a sudden there’s a mountain to climb, you need two goals.

“Having that bit of stubbornness maybe to stay in the game a little bit more, the belief and confidence, then hopefully it will change for us.

“A lot of people say there isn’t that big of a jump between the two divisions but I think you do get punished more at this level for the little mistakes and errors.

“There are good teams in this league so I think you need to be tighter and make sure the better teams don’t get given the chances to hurt you.”

Wanderers have been boosted this week with the return of Gethin Jones and Kieran Lee to training and have also added Dion Charles and Marlon Fossey in the transfer market.

Aimson hopes the New Year will now bring the consistency the team has missed since the opening months of the campaign.

“We obviously had a good start and we were up near the top of the table looking at the play-offs and in quite a healthy position at one point,” he said. “Since then, I think we just need to get that consistency back.

“We can’t keep having a couple of good performances and then one bad one. We need to get some consistency and some consistency of results and putting more points on the board.

“I think that is just working hard on the training ground, coming together as a group and a team and helping each other out really and we’ve just got to keep grinding and keep working hard and I’ve no doubt that it’ll change and it’ll happen.”

Another factor which could work in Bolton’s favour in the coming weeks is a run of four home games in their next five in League One.

Wycombe are first up in a tough run of opponents but Aimson believes the UniBol support could be an important tool in the club’s armoury as the team look to climb back up the table.

“Having a couple of seasons in League Two and then coming up to League One last season, I was looking forward to playing at some good grounds like this one,” said Aimson, who spent the last two seasons with Plymouth Argyle.

“It can make a massive difference, especially at home we’ve got such a good backing, as we do away.

“It can be quite intimidating coming to a ground and when our fans are behind us like they always are at this place, it’s great.

“Personally I enjoy it and I enjoy going to tough away places as well, the difficult, intense and tight grounds and then the bigger stadiums I want to play at more and it’s great having the away fans backing us and travelling in their numbers which they always do, win or lose, they’re brilliant for us.”