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Match Preview: Man City U21s (H)

29 October 2019

Wanderers travel to Paul Harsley’s Manchester City U21s on Tuesday evening for another Trophy clash, this time at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Manchester City U21s currently sit 1st in the Trophy Group Six at the time of writing and they have won both of their games in the competition so far.

Their last fixture in the competition against Bradford City ended in a 2-1 victory.

Team News

The injury list is still packed out for Keith Hill’s men heading into this clash against Manchester City U21s.

Defenders Jake Wright, Harry Brockbank, Liam Edwards, and Jack Hobbs all continue to make their return to the fold from their specific injuries.

Furthermore, midfielders Thibaud Verlinden remains a major doubt heading into this Trophy tie with the Citizens, with Will Buckley ruled out.


Tickets will once again be priced at just £5 per person as well as free car parking on the University of Bolton Stadium official car parks.

The West Stand Lower Tier (Blocks A or D) & North Stand Lower Tier (Blocks M or P) will be open with supporters able to pay directly at the turnstiles. Tickets will be sold on a cash-only basis.

Turnstiles will open at approximately 6.15 pm.

We encourage supporters to arrive at the car park as early as possible to avoid traffic congestion & enter the stadium well ahead of kick-off to avoid potentially standing in long queues at the turnstiles.

Please note: the official matchday bus service won’t be in operation for this fixture.

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 Bolton FM team providing the coverage.

Betting Odds

Manchester City U21s are the favourites heading into this one. The home side are fancied to take this one by Sky Bet and are priced at 11/10 at the time of writing.

Wanderers are priced at 2/1 to register a second victory of the 2019/20 campaign and you can get the draw at 12/5.

Man in the Middle:

This evening’s game will be officiated by Peter Wright.

He has officiated 12 matches this season with his latest a 1-1 draw between Port Vale and Stevenage in Sky Bet League Two.

This season, he has dished out 41 yellow cards and a single red card.

He has never refereed Wanderers before in his four seasons as a top-flight official.

Richard Wigglesworth and Kevin Mulraine will act as his assistants, with Billy Smallwood the fourth official for tomorrow evening’s fixture.

Key Man for City – Adrian Bernabe:

When looking at the Manchester City U21s side, 18-year-old Adrian Bernabe is the main man leading the line for Paul Harsley’s side.

The former Barcelona youth product joined City in 2018, who has also represented Spain at U17 level.

He made his first-team debut last year against Oxford United in the EFL Cup, where the Sky Blues ran out 3-0 winners.

This season, Bernabe represented the City U21s against Rochdale in the Trophy, where he got himself on the scoresheet in a 2-0 victory.

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Match Reports

Report: Bolton Wanderers 3-1 Manchester City U21s

29 October 2019

A Chris O’Grady double and a superb strike from Ali Crawford saw Bolton Wanderers beat Manchester City under 21s 3-1 in the final Trophy group game at the University of Bolton Stadium.

However, the victory was somewhat soured by a late injury to Crawford who was taken off the field by stretchbearers with what appeared to be a knee injury.

James Weir returned to the starting line-up as manager Keith Hill named a strong side to take on their young neighbours.

And Wanderers didn’t have to wait too long to open their account for the evening when Crawford connected with Weir’s centre to send in a low shot into the far corner.

City had a chance to level up just seven minutes later but Henri Ogunby drilled his shot well wide of Remi Matthews’ goal.

The visitors evened matters through an unfortunate own goal from Yoan Zouma who diverted Fisayo Dele-Bashiru’s cross beyond Matthews.

Wanderers tried to get their noses back in front moments later but Weir’s low shot from distance was well held by Daniel Grimshaw in the City goal.

Crawford capitalised on Daryl Murphy’s smart pass but the midfielder was unable to add to his tally as the ball went wide.

Zouma atoned for his earlier mistake by producing a last ditch sliding tackle to thwart Ogunby who was teeing up a shot.

Crawford and Murphy combined once again with the former driving just wide from 12 yards out.

Lewis Fiorini had two chances in quick succession but failed in each attempt to get the ball on target.

Another chance fell to Crawford after some good working involving Josh Emmanuel and Daryl Murphy but his effort went narrowly over the bar.

Wanderers were finishing the half strongly and looked determined to get back in front.

As the first half came to a close, Daryl Murphy was denied by Grimshaw as he ran on to a smart through ball.

Hill made a change during the interval with Dennis Politic replace Daryl Murphy.

But it was the visitors who were quickest out of the traps and Tyreke Wilson should have done better than the tame effort he sent wide of goal.

Cole Palmer then forced Matthews into making a good save after he cut away from Adam Chicksen.

At the other end, Emmanuel saw his shot cleared off the line by Taylor Harwood-Bellis.

The chance sparked Wanderers back into life and Sonny Graham, who had replaced Weir in the first half, saw his header held by Grimshaw.

Graham soon had another chance and his low drive went wide after he connected with a loose ball.

City survived a huge penalty shout after O’Grady appeared to be pole-axed by a challenge from Touaizi.

Zouma then met Crawford’s corner but his firm header was held by Crawford.

Wanderers then restored their lead through O’Grady whose emphatic volley gave Crawford no chance.

The lively Joe Dodoo hit a tunning efoort from distance but the ball went narrowly over the bar.

With a minute remaining, O’Grady’s second of the evening ended City’s hopes of getting something out of the game. It was another powerful finish from the big Wanderers forward.

Deep into injury time, Wanderer’ poor luck on the injury front struck again when Crawford went down before being stretchered off to a standing ovation.

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