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Bolton Preview - A first trip to the Wanderers awaits

8 April 2021



We'll be looking to put an end to their four-game winless run this weekend when we make the trip across the Pennines to face an in-form Bolton Wanderers side.


And despite his side having failed to find the target in the last four games Simon Weaver believes that confidence remains high within his squad and that a change in fortune in front of goal is not too far away.

Since we last met

The two sides met back at the start of October at the Keepmoat Stadium when goals from Eoin Doyle and Nathan Delfouneso earned a first win of the campaign.



Wanderers endured a sticky start to life in League 2, winning just twice in their first 11 games. They have though turned their fortunes around, winning 11 and posting an unbeaten 14 game run before a 1-0 defeat on Easter Monday at Newport.

The run has propelled them from the lower end of the table to fourth place, leaving them eyeing automatic promotion at the first attempt.

The man in charge
 
Ian Evatt is the current manager of Bolton Wanderers, a name familiar to Town fans having guided Barrow AFC to League Two after finishing top of the National League last season.
  
Ones to watch
 
Wanderers have been indebted to the goals of Eoin Doyle this season, with the veteran netting 16 times so far. Nathan Delfouneso was also a key addition last summer and he has six goals and four assists to his name.

Ricardo Santos has been a stalwart at the heart of the Wanderers defence and has formed a useful partnership with Alex Baptiste.

The Whites have been hit by the season-ending injury to key midfielder Antoni Sarcevic but Oladapo Afolayan, a January loan signing from West Ham, has seen significant playing time as has Kieran Lee, who arrived from Sheffield Wednesday.

Lloyd Isgrove will also be one to watch from out wide in terms of his creative input.
 
Recent History

In 1995, Bolton competed in the Premier League for the first time after a 4-3 play-off final win against Reading. The following few years saw The Trotters jumping between the Premier League and Championship.
  
Under Sam Allardyce, Bolton finished as high as sixth in the league in 2005, earning qualification for the UEFA Cup for the first time in their history. The next year, they reached the last 32 but were eliminated by French outfit Marseille, 2-1 on aggregate.
  
The 2011/12 season saw Bolton relegated to the Championship, where they would spend the next six seasons at the start of what would turn out to be a tough decade.
 
In 2015, the club were over £170m in debt and faced a winding up petition, though managed to work their way through this, but still faced a transfer embargo. On the 9th April 2016, the side were relegated to the third division for the first time since 1993.

 

Phil Parkinson was tasked with taking Bolton back to the Championship in the 2016/17 campaign, and he did so successfully, achieving automatic promotion. The club then avoided relegation the following season, finishing 21st.
  
In February 2019, Bolton were again issued a winding-up petition by HMRC which was adjourned until the end of the season. The misery was piled on as the club was relegated to League One after a 23rd-place finish.
 
Three months later, the club went into administration due to a £1.2m unpaid tax bill, incurring a 12-point penalty for the 2019-20 season.
 
Bolton started their opening League One game at Wycombe Wanderers with only three contracted senior outfield players and a week later, fielded their youngest ever side, with an average age of 19.
  
The 2019/20 saw the campaign ending early due to COVID-19; an outcome resulting in Bolton's relegation to League Two.

Team news

Simon Power and Mitchell Roberts are both unavailable due to injury but the rest of the squad is fit and ready to go as we look to finish our debut season in the EFL with a flourish.

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