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🗞️ Preview: Tranmere Rovers vs. Bolton Wanderers

22 January 2021

Wanderers are back in Sky Bet League Two action tomorrow afternoon with a trip to Birkenhead to take on Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park.

Pre-Match Quotes: 

Keith Hill:  “It is a different game, and we have played a lot of games since we last played them. We know the style in which they play with the formation that Ian Evatt is playing with the players that he has available. We want back-to-back victories but that is not going to define our season. I want performances and I’m trying to build.”

Ian Evatt:  “Tranmere are experienced, they’ve got an experienced spine of the team and obviously their manager is motivated to beat his old team. It’s going to be a difficult and challenging game – they all are. But, if we go there and play to the same level as we did on Saturday, then we will more than match any team in this league. We have to go to Tranmere with a positive mind-set and get the right result on Saturday.”


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Team News:

Wanderers will be without Kieran Lee who was substituted at half-time during last weekend’s draw with Cheltenham Town. Missing the trip to Tranmere with muscle tissue damage, he could well be back in contention for Tuesday’s trip to Mansfield Town.

Declan John is nearing a return to the team with tomorrow’s fixture likely to come too early for the Welsh full-back. Shaun Miller is progressing well with his rehabilitation but will also be unavailable for the trip to Prenton Park.

In the Tranmere camp, Manager Keith Hill has said there are no new injury concerns however defender Liam Ridehalgh will continue his spell on the sidelines following an injury he picked up during an FA Cup defeat to Barnsley.


Bookies Odds:

Tranmere Rovers win: 29/20

Draw: 9/4

Bolton Wanderers win: 7/4

Correct as of 22/01/2021 (12.30pm) on



Wanderers are yet to register their first victory of 2021 and have drawn the last two outings – against Exeter City and Cheltenham Town. Despite that, Ian Evatt’s men have lost just once in their last six away fixtures with three wins (Stevenage, Scunthorpe, and Cheltenham) and two draws (Exeter and Carlisle).

Tranmere have picked up four points from their last two fixtures, backing up a goalless draw at Stevenage with a 3-2 home victory against Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday evening.


Last time out:

The last meeting between the two teams saw Tranmere come out on top with a 3-0 victory at the University of Bolton Stadium in December. Peter Clarke, Kieron Morris and James Vaughan scored the goals that day, and Wanderers were beaten 5-0 on their last visit to Prenton Park in August 2019.

Up against a very youthful Bolton team under the temporary guidance of Jimmy Phillips, Rovers earned the victory with goals from Ollie Banks, Morgan Ferrier (2), Connor Jennings and Stefan Payne. Ian Evatt and co will be looking to set the record straight tomorrow afternoon.


Match Officials:

Referee: Neil Hair.

Assistant Referees: Ollie Williams and Steven Plane.

Fourth Official: David Hunt.

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Match Reports

Report: Tranmere Rovers 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

23 January 2021

Ten-man Bolton Wanderers were beaten at Prenton Park despite finding a way back into the game through Antoni Sarcevic's second-half goal after Danny Lloyd and James Vaughan's goals had Rovers two goals to the good.

Ian Evatt made two changes from the side that drew to Cheltenham Town last weekend with Andrew Tutte and Ali Crawford coming in for Kieran Lee and George Thomason.
The hosts got themselves in front after four minutes when Danny Lloyd struck a low ball past Matt Gilks from the edge of the box after Ryan Delaney’s attempted clearance fell into the midfielder’s path.
Otis Khan’s shot after some decent build-up play went high and wide as Tranmere searched for a second.
Wanderers' first effort of the game saw captain Antoni Sarcevic strike over from just outside the box after Zack Elbouzedi presented him with the opportunity.
Eoin Doyle had a chance of his own moments later when Elbouzedi cut in from the right. The Irishman took a touch before shooting just over the bar.
Lloyd Igsrove then found himself in space to shoot from distance but his effort went wide of the target as Wanderers had the bit between their teeth in search of an equalising goal.
Arthur Gnahoua came on for the second half at the expense of Elbouzedi and the French attacker once again had an impactful performance for Ian Evatt's side.
Wanderers conceded a penalty shortly after the restart when Delaney was penalised for a foul on Liam Feeney. The big Irishman took a knock during the incident and received lengthy treatment before the spot kick was taken. He was cautioned for the foul.
Vaughan then made no mistake from 12 yards to double Tranmere’s advantage. 
Ben Jackson’s shot from just outside the box deflected behind for a corner after Gnahoua ran at the Tranmere defence down the left-hand side and caused a problem for the home side.
Evatt made his second change of the afternoon when Nathan Delfouneso replaced Isgrove after 62 minutes.
Moments later Gilks pulled off a good save to keep out a spectacular effort from distance from Peter Clarke who had ventured forward from the back.
Wanderers pulled a goal back in the 65th minute when Sarcevic converted Doyle’s centre from close range after the Irish forward had receieved a pass from Nathan Delfouneso who had looked bright from his introduction.
The visitors were boosted by the goal, and Doyle almost equalised but was unable to steer his effort past the well placed Scott Davies after some great work on the right hand side.
Gnahoua then had a powerful shot from close range after he tricked his way past Clarke, but Davies made a huge save to thwart the Wanderers substitute.
The forward had another good chance to equalise when he was put through by Sarcevic who had won the ball high up the field, but he could only fire wide of goal.
The visitors were forced to play the final 15 minutes of the game with ten men after Delaney was shown a second yellow for a foul on Vaughan.
Crawford made way for Alex Baptiste with Evatt making his final change of the afternoon and changing the shape of the team with one of his central defenders removed from the action.
With fewer than five minutes remaining Davies made a desperate one-handed save to keep out Baptiste from close range after Ricardo Almeida Santos’ header from Jackson’s free-kick found his fellow defender in the danger area.
Wanderers were unable to find that equaliser despite a period of dominance in the final quarter of the game and they suffered a narrow defeat in Merseyside.
Tranmere Rovers: Davies, Khan, Clarke, Monthe, MacDonald, Lewis, Spearing, Feeney, Lloyd (Morris 80), Vaughan, Woolery (Kirby 66).
Unused Subs: Murphy, Ray, Blackett-Taylor, Payne, Ferrier. 
Goals: Lloyd (4), Vaughan pen (56).
Bolton Wanderers: Gilks, Jones, Almeida Santos, Delaney, Jackson, Tutte, Crawford (Baptiste 77), Sarcevic, Elbouzedi (Gnahoua 46), Isgrove (Delfouneso 72), Doyle. 
Unused Subs: Crellin, Brockbank, Comley, Thomason.
Goal: Sarcevic (66).

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