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Match Previews

Match Preview: Fleetwood Town (H)

1 November 2019

Wanderers welcome Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town on Saturday afternoon for another Sky Bet League One clash at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Fleetwood Town currently sit fourth in the Sky Bet League One at the time of writing and they have won three of their last five home league games.

Their last fixture in the competition against MK Dons ended in 1-0.

Team News

Following on from Tuesday’s victory against Manchester City U21s, there are no new injury concerns to report for Keith Hill’s side, barring the absence of Ali Crawford, who looks set for a spell on the sidelines.

Head to Head

Wanderers and Fleetwood Town have faced each other on just two occasions with us coming out on top in both of those meetings.

The last time the two teams met was in March 2017, in Sky Bet League One.

The game finished as a 4-2 win for Wanderers at Highbury, as goals from David Wheater, Mark Beevers and a brace from Adam Le Fondre sealed the three points for the Whites.

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

Fleetwood Town are the favourites heading into this one. The away side are fancied to take this one by Sky Bet and are priced at 4/5 at the time of writing.

Wanderers are priced at 29/10 to register a second league victory of the 2019/20 campaign and you can get the draw at 11/4.

Man in the Middle:

Tomorrow afternoon’s game will be officiated by Scott Oldham.

He has officiated 11 matches this season with his latest a 2-0 away victory for Northampton Town against Carlisle United in Sky Bet League Two.

This season, he has dished out 31 yellow cards and not a single red card.

During his four seasons in the professional refereeing ranks, Oldham last has never refereed a Bolton Wanderers fixture.

Joe Simpson and Mark Cunliffe will act as his assistants, with Gary Hilton the fourth official for tomorrow afternoon’s fixture.

Key Man for the Cod Army – Paddy Madden:

When looking at the Fleetwood Town side, 29-year-old Paddy is the main man leading the line for Michael Appleton’s side and is in fine form.

The striker has scored 11 goals in all competitions for the Cod Army and is the third top goal scorer in the division.

He has scored five goals in his last five games for Fleetwood, with a sole goal against Coventry in a 2-1 away defeat his last goal scoring contribution.

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Match Reports

Report: Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Fleetwood Town

2 November 2019

First-half goals from frontmen Chris O’Grady and Daryl Murphy made it three wins on the spin for Keith Hill’s men as they beat fellow Lancastrians Fleetwood Town 2-1 at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Although a late Josh Morris goal ensured the game edged towards a nervy end, Wanderers were good value for their three points.

Manager Hill made two changes from the side that picked up a midweek victory against Manchester City under 21s in the Trophy tie with Jake Wright and Thibaud Verlinden coming in for James Weir and Ali Crawford.

Wright was soon in the thick of the action and got an early caution after colliding with a Fleetword forward on the edge of the box.

It was a quiet start for both teams with each set of players looking to impose themselves on the game.

Luke Murphy was the next Wanderers to get their name taken after he committed a late challenge in the middle of the park.

Some good defending from Josh Emmanuel and Yoan Zouma prevented Kyle Dempsey from getting a shot on goal but the ball ricocheted for a corner, which was eventually cleared.

Ched Evans was lurking at the far post and managed to get a shot on goal only for Jason Lowe to get a leg in the way at the expense of a corner.

Verlinden, back in the team, burst down the left flank at pace but as he cut in he saw his effort cannon off a Town player for a corner.

A big chance for Wanderers came when Joe Dodoo got around two Fleetwood defenders before finding Verlinden who fired just over the bar from inside the area.

Wanderers were starting to find their feet and were looking dangerous when they attacked.

Dempsey was brandished a yellow after he fouled Luke Murphy.

Wanderers opened the scoring through O’Grady on 28 minutes when he capitalised on a weak backpass to bundle the ball over the line.

Just a minute later and Wanderers almost doubled their lead when Daryl Murphy latched onto a Verlinden cross, only to see his effort get blocked by a Town defender.

But the big Irishman made no mistake just four minutes later when he played a stunning one-two with Dodoo before rounding the ‘keeper and slotting into an empty net from an acute angle.

As the half was drawing to a close, Fleetwood were tried to respond through Evans but his header, from a cross into the box, lacked the power to trouble Remi Matthews.

With a minute to go, Paddy Madden spurned a glorious chance to reduce the arrears when he flicked a header over the bar from inside the six-yard area.

Five minutes after the restart, Dodoo lined up a free-kick but his effort went straight into Cairns’s gloves.

Fleetwood were not out of the contest just yet and Wright was in the right place to cut out a low cross that was sent into the box.

Lewie Coyle tried his luck from long range but his effort flew over the bar without causing any consternation for Matthews.

Hill made his first change of the afternoon when he brought on Dennis Politic for Verlinden on 56 minutes.

And the young Romanian made a lovely challenge to stem a Fleetwood attack when Coyle charged down the right.

The visitors made a triple substitution just after the hour with McAleny, Hunter and Morris all coming on for Rossiter, Burns and Madden.

Politic went very close to putting Wanderers further ahead when he went one-on-one with Cairns only to see the Fleetwood stopper save with his legs.

Goalscorer O’Grady proved to be vital in defence for Wanderers as he headed away the danger that resulted from a Town corner.

At the other end Cairns made a fantastic save to keep out a thunderous O’Grady effort from ten yards as Wanderers looked to put the game to bed.

Matthews made a vital save, diving at full stretch, to keep out a dangerous cross from Hunter. The Wanderers keeper took a knock for his troubles but was soon back up on his feet.

Fleetwood were fancying their chances and Coyle missed a great chance to get his name on the scoresheet when the rounded Matthews only to see his chipped effort go wide of goal.

With four minutes to go, the visitors had pulled a goal back when Morris hit a low effort on the diagonal to beat Matthews.

Substitute Politic was replaced by Sonny Graham just as the game headed towards the end of the regulation 90 minutes as manager Hill looked to tighten things up in the middle of the park.

Wanderers hung on through a nervy five minute period of added time to claim a vital victory in front of their own supporters.

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Ticket News

Cash Turnstile In Operation For Tomorrow’s Sky Bet League One Fixture With Fleetwood Town

1 November 2019

Wanderers supporters will be able to purchase tickets directly from the turnstiles at Block M of the Carrs Pasties North Stand lower tier, ahead of the 3pm kick off.

Tickets will be sold on a cash-only basis from 2pm tomorrow afternoon.

Prices for the fixture are as follows;

Adults - £20.00

Over 65s/Under 23s - £12.00

Under 18s - £10.00

Supporters can avoid the matchday queues altogether by purchasing tickets for the fixture, online HERE & taking advantage of the club’s Digital Ticket & Print at Home facility.

We encourage supporters to arrive early to ensure you are able to take your seats at 2.50pm, for the club’s annual Remembrance Day fixture.

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