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🗞️ Preview: Grimsby Town vs. Bolton Wanderers

16 April 2021

Bolton Wanderers will make the trip to Blundell Park to take on Grimsby Town in confident mood after ending Salford City’s unbeaten home record in midweek.

Lloyd Isgrove’s first-half strike gave Ian Evatt’s men a deserved three points which fortified their position in the automatic places.

The Mariners will be attempting to stave off relegation and will provide another tough challenge for the Whites, but a victory for the visitors could see them climb out of third spot depending on results elsewhere.

Pre-match quotes:

Ian Evatt: “For me, this will be the most difficult game in the run-in, for a number of reasons, because of the game on Tuesday and the physicality of that game and the emotion in that game and to come away from that with a great victory and such a good performance, that mental switch on of playing the bottom of the league team can affect the players’ mindset.

“I don’t feel that with my players though, I must say. I don’t think they’re in that frame of mind, but it could be the case. Grimsby, as much as they’re bottom of the league, before Saturday where they only lost by the odd goal and had 10 men for over 45 minutes, were seven or eight unbeaten. This isn't a given and it isn’t a gimme. Cheltenham have been there in recent history and only drew and were behind.

“They don’t concede many goals, they’re physical, it’s demanding, they’re very direct with long throws and set pieces, what we’ve seen of late from other teams. We’re going to have to make sure we match all of that and then bring our A-game.”


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Team News:

Wanderers head to Grimsby Town with no new fitness concerns as they look to extended their winning run to a third successive game in their pursuit of automatic promotion.

Captain Antoni Sarcevic continues to make good progress on the hamstring injury he sustained against Port Vale.



Wanderers' win at the Peninsula Stadium in midweek saw them build up a four-point gap over fourth-placed Morecambe at the top of Sky Bet League Two.

Following on from the victory against Harrogate Town last weekend, Wanderers have only lost one game in their last 17 encounters and have maintained the momentum that has turned their season on its head since the end of January.

The Mariners' defeat to Bradford City last time out ended an eight-game unbeaten streak. During that sequence, they won one game – against Barrow – and drew the remainder.

Rooted at the foot of the table they are battling for their lives and will be a tough nut to crack.


Last Time Out

Honours were even at the University of Bolton Stadium back in October as Wanderers picked up their first clean sheet of the campaign.

The hosts dominated the encounter but were unable to prise open a stubborn Grimsby backline with the game finishing goalless.


Match Officials:

Referee: Carl Brook 

Assistants: Anthony Da Costa and Stephen Wade

Fourth Official: Charles Breakspear

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Match Reports

Report: Grimsby Town 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

17 April 2021

​​Strikes at each end of the game gave Grimsby Town victory against Bolton Wanderers at Blundell Park.

Both sides were guilty of missing a number of chances but the hosts scored the two that mattered to claim all three points.
​Substitute Shaun Miller volleyed expertly past James McKeown in injury-time to set up a frantic finish, but the home side held on for a hugely valuable three points in their fight against relegation.
Wanderers remain in the automatic promotion spots despite the defeat and will look to bounce back on Tuesday against Carlisle United at the University of Bolton Stadium.
Ian Evatt named the same starting XI that ended Salford City’s unbeaten home record in midweek.
The hosts took the lead inside a minute with their first attack of the game through Jay Matete whose well-placed shot found its way past Matt Gilks and into the far corner.
Wanderers responded positively and forced their way upfield with Lloyd Isgrove seeing a shot blocked after cutting inside to try his luck.
James Hanson wasted a good chance to get a shot on target after being played in by Harry Clifton. The big striker scuffed his shot over with the goal at his mercy.
At the other end, George Thomason saw his close-range effort kept out by keeper James McKeown after the midfielder got on the end of Isgrove’s low centre. 
Wanderers were starting to find their groove and Isgrove again put in a good ball from the right-hand side but Dapo Afolayan’s shot went over the bar.
Gilks made a crucial save to keep out Matete’s volley with Wanderers struggling to clear their lines from a corner.
Matete had another shot at goal, with this one coming from distance but Gilks got down to smother the ball comfortably.
McKeown made a good save to keep out Doyle’s left-footer. Kieran Lee intercepted the ball and took it forward to play in the Irishman but he couldn't find a way of netting his 18th goal of the season.
John’s free-kick from a threatening position went high and wide of goal with Wanderers pressing to get back on terms.
The hosts started the second half almost as quickly as they began the game.
Hanson outmuscled Ricardo Almeida Santos on the edge of the box and got a shot at goal which was saved by Gilks, the visitors followed up on three more occasions with strikes on goal with the Wanderers keeper blocking each effort.
Wanderers earned another reprieve when Gilks came to the rescue to keep out Clifton from close range. Hanson’s follow-up then crashed off the underside of the crossbar before the ball was cleared out of danger.
Again, Wanderers responded positively and after Afolayan’s shot was blocked for a corner, Doyle’s effort from Declan John’s dragged shot was somehow kept out by McKeown at close range.
Wanderers broke away after Gilks kept out Lenell John-Lewis’s effort and earned a corner when Isgrove’s shot at the far post was turned away by McKeown. The game had become an end-to-end encounter with Ian Evatt's men looking to find a way back into the game and Grimsby looking for a decisive second goal.
Gilks made a world-class save to keep out John-Lewis when Grimsby charged forward as John lost possession at the near side. The Wanderers keeper flung himself to prevent the Mariners’ captain from doubling his team’s lead. Evan Khouri blasted over the rebound.
The game was remarkably back and forth and Wanderers again wasted another chance when John’s effort across goal trickled wide with Doyle not far from connecting.
With twenty minutes to go, Evatt made a double substitution when he brought on Nathan Delfouneso and Zack Elbouzedi for Isgrove and Afolayan.
Hanson was unmarked in the box and teed up Clifton who shot straight onto the arms of Gilks.
Elbouzedi looked to make an impact right away and he lost his marker to put in a decent cross into the box but Doyle was unable to get a clean strike of the ball.
With 14 minutes to go Wanderers made another double change with Harry Brockbank and Shaun Miller coming on for John and Lee. 
Wanderers made their final change with five minutes to go when Arthur Gnahouha came on for Doyle.
Town doubled their lead and effectively ended the contest when substitute Ira Jackson Jr poked home from close range and they held on for the victory despite Miller's superb finish in stoppage time.
Grimsby Town: McKeown, Hendrie (Jackson Jr 84), Hewitt, Menayese, Habergham, Clifton, Coke, Matete, Khouri (Spokes 81), John-Lewis, Hanson. 
Unused Subs: Battersby, Waterfall, Rose, Lamy, Green.
Goals: Matete (1), Jackson Jr (86).
Bolton Wanderers: Gilks, Jones, Almeida Santos, Baptiste, John (Brockbank 76), Williams, Thomason, Lee (Miller 76), Isgrove (Delfouneso 71), Afolayan (Elbouzedi 71), Doyle (Gnahoua 85).
Unused Subs: Delaney, Tutte. 
Goal: Miller (90+6) 

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