WANDERERS’ new look front line is still a work in progress – but Ian Evatt saw some positive signs in victory at Shrewsbury.

Dion Charles scored his first goal for the club to earn a first away win in the league since the end of September, created by lively second-half sub, Dapo Afolayan.

Evatt was also able to bring on new signing Jon Dadi Bodvarsson to replace Amadou Bakayoko in the second half.

“I think you saw in that short spell what he’s going to give us,” he said of the Iceland international. “He uses his body really well. He’s an intelligent footballer, a clever player, and he’ is still getting to know us.

“We need to be patient with him, as we have been with Dion, and we will also be with Bakayoko.”

Ex-Coventry man Bakayoko’s season has been dogged by injury and illness but he has started the last three games for the first time as a Bolton player.

Evatt believes he will also improve as time goes on.

“Baka has been out for a long time injured and it’s hard for him to gain momentum and get up to speed,” he said. “We are all a work in progress and there’s lots more to come from him and from others.

“We have suffered a lot and we will enjoy tonight but we know we have got lots of hard work to come.”

Wanderers’ away form has been problematic since October but backed by a sell-out 1,600-strong travelling support, Evatt was happy to see his side put an overdue win on the board.

“We have needed to get that monkey off our back, for sure,” he said. “We have not been happy with our away performances.

“We have had some bad luck in those times as well, but to come here and Shrewsbury are on a good unbeaten run.

“They don’t concede many goals and for us to get that winner and to stand up to what they threw at us all game was pleasing to see.”

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