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Match preview: Bolton Wanderers

6 October 2020

Match Previews

Match preview: Bolton Wanderers

6 October 2020

Take a look at Town's pre-match preview for Bolton Wanderers.

Since we last met Bolton Wanderers, their fortunes don't seem to have improved with just one win and three Sky Bet League Two games this season. However, maybe that's about to change as they've just recorded their first league win after five consecutive defeats in all competitions.

Football League new-boys Harrogate were the victims, suffering their first defeat so far in Sky Bet League Two with Bolton scoring twice in the first hour of the game through Eoin Doyle and Nathan Delfouneso. George Thomson did get one back for the home side but it wasn't enough and Bolton took the all-important three points.

Their cup campaigns haven't gone so well either with a 2-1 home defeat to Bradford in the Carabao Cup in their first game of the season. A few days later and they lost 3-2 at home to Crewe Alexandra in the Leasing.com Trophy.

Goalscorers

As Bolton scored their first two league goals of the season on Saturday, Eoin Doyle and Nathan Delfouneso are joint top scorers with one each. Antoni Sarcovic scored one in the season opener at home to Bradford with Ryan Delaney and Shaun Miller getting one each in the 3-2 Checkatrade trophy defeat to Crewe.

Familiar Faces

Shaun Miller, forward, played for us whilst on loan from Sheffield United in 2014 for a couple of months. He made eight league appearances, three as a sub and scored three goals.

Arthur Gnahoua, a striker who was with us for a couple of seasons, joining in January 2016. Twelve appearances, eight as a sub, and three goals in all competitions.

Andrew Tutte made a couple of appearances for us on loan from Manchester City in 2010/11.

Antoni Sarcovic signed on a free transfer from Fleetwood in 2016, making 14 appearances in all. He left to join Plymouth where he made over 100 appearances.

38-year-old goalkeeper Matt Gilks played for us on loan for a month from Blackpool. He made four appearances and unsurprisingly scored no goals but did keep a couple of clean sheets.

Referee

Ross Joyce from Cleveland. Games this season: 5. Yellow cards: 17. Red cards: 1.

Squad News

Aside from our loner term injuries, there are a few bumps and bruises that will be assessed closer to kick-off time. New signings Matt Millar and Jan Žambůrek will both be available for selection.

Summary

Given their results so far this season and being a division lower, Bolton are likely to be second-favourites for this game. However, Bolton have won in the league whilst the best we've done so far is draw, so their confidence will be quite high.

Town will be looking to maintain a winning start to the competition to ensure further progress in the competition.


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