The potential introduction of sin bins is a major talking point in the game, but Ian Evatt isn’t convinced that it is the way forward.

Reports claim that the FA will “seriously consider” trialling sin bins in the men’s and women’s FA Cups next season.

This comes after successful pilot studies in amateur and youth football in England and Wales, where they were only used for dissent. There have also been talks about ‘blue cards’ being awarded for tactical fouls in the future.

When asked about the matter, Evatt told The Bolton News: “I don’t think there is a need for it, I just think we need stronger refereeing and consistent refereeing. If we can get that, yellow and red cards should suffice.

“I think there is a huge disparity from where we were at the start of the season in terms of what was a caution-able offence, the remaining time in games etc.

“I think we have reverted to type, so we just need to choose what route we want to go down and stick to it, that is my opinion. Blue cards, it’s not football is it? Let’s see how that develops.”

Meanwhile, Wanderers will be backed by more than 4,000 fans for their trip to Wigan on Tuesday, February 27 (7.45pm).

Evatt is grateful for the support and believes that it can make a big difference in the run-in, with plenty of tricky fixtures still to come on the road.

“The away fans have travelled, in their numbers, the length and breadth of the country all season and really helped us away from home. Long may that continue,” he said.

“We have got a lot of big away games to come in the remainder of the season – off the top of my head we have got to play Derby, Barnsley, Stevenage, Blackpool, Wigan.

“They can make the difference for us so we thank them for the support and hopefully we can give them something to sing about.”