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25 February 2020 Venue Bloomfield Road Attendance

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Blackpool vs. Bolton Wanderers

24 February 2020

Bolton travel to Bloomfield Road on Tuesday to take on David Dunn’s Blackpool side in Sky Bet League One.

Blackpool sit in 16th place on 38 points and have won one in their last 12 league games.

That victory came at home earlier this month, as they defeated Southend United 2-1, thanks to a brace from Armand Gnanduillet.

In the reverse fixture, a 0-0 draw was played out at the University of Bolton Stadium in October.

Team News

In his pre-match press conference with bwfc.co.uk, Keith Hill said that Anthony Georgiou is still not available but could return later in the week, following a small setback on his return from injury.

The gaffer alluded to “one or two players who we don’t want to push too hard too early”, but didn’t give away any names.

Head to Head

Bolton have faced Blackpool a whopping 108 times, with the earliest fixture dating back to 1896.

Wanderers have won 43 of those clashes, with 32 ending in a draw and Blackpool taking the spoils 33 times.

Match Coverage

As usual, match updates will be provided by the club’s official twitter account (@OfficialBWFC). We will keep you up to date with the action to ensure you don’t miss a kick – delivering a match report shortly after the final whistle with post-match reaction from manager, Keith Hill.

Live commentary will also be available by the iFollow BWFC channel (subscribe via the website), with the BBC Radio Manchester team providing the coverage.

Betting Odds

Bolton come into the game as 19/4 underdogs, according to Sky Bet, while Blackpool are 4/7 favourites and a draw is priced at 11/4 at the time of writing.

Match Officials

Saturday’s match will be officiated by Paul Marsden. He has refereed one Bolton match this season, which was against Oxford United in a 0-0 draw in September.

He will be assisted by Kevin Mulraine and Steven Rushton and the fourth official is Mark Cunliffe.

Marsden has handed out 87 yellow cards in 26 matches this season, an average of 3.3 a game. He has sent off one player.

Key man for The Seasiders- Armand Gnanduillet

Armand Gnanduillet is the man to be wary of for the Seasiders.

He is in a rich vein of form, scoring three in his past four games. He has 16 goals in total this league campaign, sitting second behind Ivan Toney in Sky Bet League One’s top goal scorers.

Gnanduillet is 28 and was born in Angers, France and has been at the club since 2016

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Match Reports

Report: Blackpool vs. Bolton Wanderers

25 February 2020

Bolton Wanderers suffered a heart-breaking defeat at Bloomfield Road after Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall snatched a last-gasp dramatic winner.

Kean Bryan’s first goal in a Wanderers shirt two minutes from time looked to have given Keith Hill’s men a deserved point after Connor Ryan’s first -half wonder strike gifted the hosts an early lead.

But the Tangerines had the final say when Dewsbury-Hall capitalised on Liam Feeney’s corner to give the hosts a maximum.

Keith Hill made three changes from the side that lost to MK Dons at the weekend with Joe Bunney, Kean Bryan and Chris O’Grady all returning to the starting XI. Brandon Fleming, Jacob Mellis and Daryl Murphy were named among the substitutes.

Wanderers were backed by a travelling contingent of over 1,000 vocal supporters making the short trip across Lancashire.

The hosts won an early corner after Wanderers skipper was on hand to clear a right sided cross off former Wanderer Liam Feeney from underneath his own cross bar.

The referee waved away a huge penalty appeal from the Tangerines after Nathan Delfouneso went down under a solid challenge from Toto Nsiala.

Blackpool took an early lead through Connor Ryan who unleashed a spectacular shot from 25 yards out which flew past Remi Matthews.

Ryan was looking for his second, but his free-kick was blocked by Dennis Politic after former Wanderer Gary Madine was brought down near the edge of the box by Bryan.

At the other end, Ali Crawford’s corner was met by the head of Bryan at the far post but the ball went wide of target.

Politic then went close when he was expertly picked out by O’Grady but the young Romanian’s effort from the edge of the box was narrowly off target.

Matty Virtue saw his dipping volley go narrowly over the bar when Blackpool broke at the other end.

Matthews held on to a powerful effort from Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall after the hosts poured forward.

Politic shaped up to shoot when Ethan Hamilton’s deflected pass fell kindly to him but some quick thinking by James Husband saw him steal possession just in the nick of time.

Feeney, who was raising plenty of questions on the flank, put in a dangerously looking cross towards the near post but Nisiala was able to turn away the ball for a corner.

Crawford and Lowe combined to forge a chance for O’Grady but the big striker could quite wrestle control of the ball.

Wanderers were starting to grow into the game as the game edged towards half time and Hamilton saw a drive go over the bar after some good hold-up play by O’Grady.

Politic had the ball in the back of the net but the referee had already blown up for a foul in the build up.

Daryl Murphy replaced O’Grady as the players entered the field for the second half.

Matthews was pressed into action to tip Virtue’s 20-yarder over the bar after the Blackpool man charged forward.

Crawford picked out Politic with a pinpoint pass put the Wanderers frontman could only volley wide after controlling with his chest.

Hill made his second change of the evening shortly afterwards with Joe Dodoo coming on for Bunney.

Chris Maxwell in the Blackpool goal made a spectacular save to keep out Daryl Murphy after the Irishman guided Politic’s low pass towards goal.

Buoyed by their bright start to the second half, Wanderers seemed to determined to get the equaliser.

Hamilton;s shot from distance went over the bar after he was picked out by Bryan’s pass.

Politic, Wanderers’ biggest attack threat on the evening, played a good one-two with Daryl Murphy befire seeing his angled-shot kept out by Maxwell.

Hamilton, once again, found himself with space to shoot after some smart build-up play, butt his effort went narrowly wide.

Luke Murphy then had an attempt on goal but his low shot from range went narrowly wide of target.

Daryl Murphy was desperately unfortunate not to get his side a deserved leveller when Dodoo’s cross was knocked down into his path by Politic, but the Irishman’s header was unable to find a way past Maxwell.

The home side broke quickly and Ronan shot over the bar after being played in by Feeney.

With eight minutes remaining, Hill made his third and final change with Melling coming on for Crawford.

Bryan’s late goal appeared to have given both sides a share of the spoils when he powered Dodoo’s cross past Maxwell.

But the lead didn’t last long when Dewsbury-Hall struck home in injury time.

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Ticket News

Pay on the Day available for Blackpool

24 February 2020

Wanderers supporters will be able to purchase tickets at Bloomfield Road tomorrow night, ahead of our Sky Bet League One clash with Blackpool.

Tickets will be sold directly from the away turnstiles and prices do not increase on the day.

Advanced sales from Bolton Wanderers are still available via the phone lines & in person at Bolton Central until 12 Noon on the day of the game. After this time, no sales or refunds can be processed.

Ticket Prices

Adults: £19.00

Over 65s: £17.00

Under 22s: £17.00

Under 17s: £9.00

Under 12s: £4.00

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