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🗞️ Preview: Southend United vs Bolton Wanderers

19 February 2021

Bolton Wanderers head to Essex on Saturday afternoon to face Southend United at Roots Hall in buoyant mood after winning their previous two Sky Bet League Two fixtures.

Pre-Match Quotes: 

Ian Evatt: “Southend have certainly got threats and have got some good results so we’re not going to rest on our laurels and take it for granted.

“We’re going to go there full tilt and try and win the game and respect the opposition. I thought they were a much better team than what people give credit for.

"I thought even the 3-0 game at the University of Bolton Stadium, they had a chance at 0-0 that Matt (Gilks) saved and the game could have been completely different had it gone in.

“We have to respect them, which we certainly will, and go there and give the best we can and try and get three points.”


Mark Moseley: "The last couple of games we’ve shown the right credentials, but we’re also haunted by the previous results before that.

"Football serves a quick reminder if you ever get too far ahead of yourself.

"We have a mammoth game in front of us. Bolton Wanderers; what a big Football Club that is.

"Another manager [Ian Evatt] who has done very well and plays a very distinct style of football. It’s another tough challenge.”


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Team News:

Captain Antoni Sarcevic will be available for selection after returning to full fitness following a spell on the sidelines.

The midfielder suffered a groin injury during the game against Tranmere Rovers in January and has been recuperating ever since.

There are no fresh injury concerns from the midweek win at Mansfield, so manager Ian Evatt will have a selection headache on his hands.

Striker Nile Ranger could be involved for Southend after joining the club on a month-to-month contract.

He’s been training with the Blues for several weeks in a bid to earn a contract.

Former Wanderer Jacob Mellis may also feature after recently penning a deal for the club.


Bookies Odds:

Southend United win: 14/5

Draw: 23/10

Bolton Wanderers win: 19/20

Correct as of 19/02/2021 (10am) on



Wanderers have lost just once in their last six league encounters and come into the weekend’s game on the back of two successive victories against Stevenage at home and an away win at Mansfield on Wednesday evening.

Southend are unbeaten in their last two which halted a four-game losing streak.


Last time out:

The two teams last met at the beginning of December at the University of Bolton Stadium where Ian Evatt’s men ran out 3-0 winners. 

Goals from Nathan Delfouneso and a double from Eoin Doyle sealed an emphatic win for Wanderers.


Match Officials:

Referee: Declan Bourne.

Assistant Referees: Paul Lister and Paul Kelly.  

Fourth Official: Anthony Da Costa.

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Match Reports

Report: Southend United 0-1 Bolton Wanderers

20 February 2021

​​Substitute Shaun Miller scored his 100th career goal as he came off the bench to secure a late winner to complete a Sky Bet League Two double over Southend United at Roots Hall.

The striker was in the right place at the right time to fire home from close range after fellow sub Antoni Sarcevic’s deflected volley spun off the bar.
The victory was Wanderers' third on the spin taking their unbeaten record to five games as they moved to tenth spot in the table.
Ian Evatt made one change to the team that travelled to Roots Hall with Nathan Delfouneso coming in for Lloyd Isgrove, who was named amongst the substitutes.
Wanderers started brightly and Dapo Afolayan was unlucky to fire a low shot just wide from the edge of the box after being played in by Declan John.
​Mark Oxley spilled a low shot from distance from Marcus Maddison with Doyle not far away with the follow up which looped just over the bar.
At the other end, Ashley Nathaniel-George should have done better but drilled his effort wide of Matt Gilks’ right-hand post from the edge of the box.
A clever flick from Afolayan saw him create space to surge into before threading the ball through to Doyle whose first-time strike went wide of goal.
Afolayan had the ball in the back of the net after 17 minutes but the linesman had penalised Doyle for an offside in the build-up.
​Elvis Bwomono headed over from close range after reaching Hackett-Fairchild’s swing into the box with the game evenly poised. 
Oxley made a point-blank save from Alex Baptiste after Marcus Maddison had swung in a decent free-kick from the far side.
Doyle then had a powerful angled drive cleared off the line after some good work from Delfouneso while Maddison was narrowly wide with a strike from distance seconds later which whistle just wide of the post.
Although no clear-cut chances were created during the opening stages of the second period, Wanderers were enjoying more possession and looking resolute in defence at the same time.
Wanderers made a triple substitution after 63 minutes with Antoni Sarcevic, Arthur Gnahoua, and Lloyd Isgrove coming on for Afolayan, Maddison, and Delfouneso respectively.
Evatt made another change with 15 minutes to go when Miller came on for Doyle to lead the line.
Miller put Wanderers in front under bizarre circumstances with seven minutes to go with his first league for the club.
Sarcevic’s volley from just outside the box took a wicked deflection which looped up and appeared to be going over the bar, but the ball floated down rebounded off the bar and into the substitute’s path. The former Crewe man made no mistake with his close-range volley to fire home.
Wanderers survived two late corners with keeper Oxley allowed to join the attack, presumably to try and atone for his error which led to Miller’s winner.
But they hung on for a memorable three points to take back home.
Southend United: Oxley, Bwomono, Hobson, White, Clifford (Hart 78), Demetriou (Taylor 86), Dieng, Hackett-Fairchild (Holmes 67), Ferguson (Acquah 78), Nathaniel-George, Akinola.
Subs Not Used: Seaden, Cordner, McCormack. 
Bolton Wanderers: Gilks, Jones, Williams, Almeida Santos, Delfouneso (Isgrove 63), Doyle (Miller, 75), Maddison (Gnahoua 63), Baptiste, John, Lee, Afolayan (Sarcevic 63).
Subs Not Used: Jackson, Tutte, Thomason. 
Goals: Miller (82).

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