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06 March 2021 Venue The Utilita Energy Stadium Attendance

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🗞️ Preview: Bradford City vs. Bolton Wanderers

5 March 2021

Bolton Wanderers travel across the Pennines as they look to extend their winning sequence to a seventh consecutive victory against a resurgent Bradford City at Valley Parade who are also in tremendous form. (Kick Off 3pm).

Pre-Match Quotes: 

Ian Evatt: “It’s a big game certainly, and do you know what, it really makes you think about where we’re at right now in the world that what a shame we can’t have supporters in this game. I think we’d have over 20,000 there.

"Two big clubs in their own right, both pushing to achieve something this season, both in great form and what a game it would be for fans to be in.

"I feel sorry for them that they’re not going to experience that with us. But hopefully, we can go there and put on a good show.

“I think sometimes, as we’ve seen, normally when you have a change in management, normally you get a short-term boost. But theirs hasn’t been short-term, it’s been sustained over a period now, and credit to them.

"When players start winning you get belief and confidence and you get yourself on a roll like we’re on a roll at the moment. It’s going to be a real tough game but I’m hoping that we can maintain our run and put an end to theirs.”

 

Connor Sellars: “When you see their team, there are a lot of good players and threats.

“We’re not surprised that they are in form and have found their way.

“They are in unbelievable form. They are confident and have found a way of playing that suits them.

“It’s going to be a different challenge to most teams.

“They have got that style of play of possession but are happy to mix it up as well and go a little bit more direct, especially in recent weeks.

“We’re going to do our homework to make sure that we know as much as we can.”

 

How to Watch:

Wanderers’ supporters can watch the game against Bradford City by purchasing an iFollow BWFC video match pass for just £10 you don’t have to miss a kick.

An iFollow BWFC video match pass will ensure supporters do not miss a minute of the action, with the entire match streamed through any compatible laptop, computer, tablet, or mobile device in the United Kingdom.

 

Team News:

Ian Evatt has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the trip to West Yorkshire and has a nearly fully fit squad to choose from.

Only long-term absentees Dennis Politic and Liam Edwards remain out of contention.

The Bantams will be without midfielder Harry Pritchard who requires surgery on a back injury with Lee Novak's spell on the sidelines likely to continue.

 

 

Bookies Odds:

Bradford City win: 8/5

Draw: 21/10

Bolton Wanderers win: 17/10

Correct as of 5/3/2021 (10am) on skybet.com

 

Form:

With 19 points from their last seven games, Bolton Wanderers are at the top of the Sky Bet League Two form table.

A comfortable 2-0 victory at Oldham Athletic in midweek their sixth successive league victory – something last achieved in September 2000.

Bradford have won five games on the trot and sit just behind Wanderers in the form table with their last reverse coming in early February when they lost 3-2 at Exeter City.

 

Last time out:

Nathan Delfouneso’s 13th-minute goal gave Ian Evatt’s men a 1-0 victory at the University of Bolton Stadium in October.

Keeper Billy Crellin made a fine penalty save from Billy Clarke to ensure that Wanderers hung on to the three points.

The last time the two teams met at Valley Parade was in February 2017. A Charlie Wyke double put the Bantams in a comfortable position at the break, but Phil Parkinson's Wanderers came roaring back to earn a point in a 2-2 draw, with the goals coming from David Wheater and Gary Madine. 

 

Match Officials:

Referee: Geoff Eltringham.

Assistant Referees: Rob Smith and Craig Taylor.  

Fourth Official: Shaun Hudson.

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Match Reports

Report: Bradford City 1-1 Bolton Wanderers

6 March 2021

Both sides shared the points at the Utilita Energy Stadium after substitute Danny Rowe cancelled out Nathan Delfouneso’s opener.

The visitors looked to be heading home with a seventh consecutive win after the Wanderers sub gave his side a deserved lead.
 
But with the Bantams throwing everything into the box, they grabbed an equaliser in added time.
 
Ian Evatt made one change to the team to face Bradford City at the Utilita Energy Stadium with Lloyd Isgrove coming into the starting eleven in place of Nathan Delfouneso who was named amongst the substitutes.
 
The game started immediately in an entertaining fashion with both sides probing into each other’s areas during the early stages.
 
Eoin Doyle fired just over the bar against his former club after being played in by Dapo Afolayan, while at the other end Alex Baptiste slid in to dispossess Ollie Crankshaw after the wideman threatened to put the ball into the danger area.
 
A good move in the middle set up Gethin Jones who got in behind Connor Wood on the right, but the full-back’s centre was too powerful for Doyle to reach.
 
Afolayan was played in by an impudent backheel from Baptiste and with midfielder’s searching cross just evaded Isgrove at the far post.
 
Andy Cook shot over from just outside the box after Callum Cooke charged into space when Wanderers had lost possession inside their own half.
 
Cook got in behind Baptise and headed into the danger area but a timely intervention by Ricardo Almeida Santos took the ball off the striker with a superbly timed sliding tackle.
 
Almeida Santos had a powerful shot blocked by Paudie O’Connor after he lost his marker with a spin and probed forward.
 
Afolayan wasn’t able to control Kieran Lee’s pass sufficiently enough to volley on target and the ball went behind for a goal-kick early in the second half with Wanderers looking to go on the front foot.
 
Afolayan forced out a fantastic save from Sam Hornby after Declan John jinked his way into the box. The on-loan West Ham man’s right-footed curler was kept out at full stretch.
 
Almeida Santos and Paudie O’Connor both were shown yellow cards after clashing just after the hour mark.
 
After a sustained period of Wanderers pressure, Hornby pulled off an important save to keep out an Almeida Santos strike, while seconds later Doyle headed John’s left sided cross wide of goal.
 
Isgrove volleyed wide after Afolayan’s cross into the box caused problems in the Bantams’ defence.
 
Wanderers made their first change with 12 minutes to go when Delfouneso came on for Sarcevic.
 
Bradford sub, Rowe lashed a volley over from distance as the hosts had a rare foray into the Wanderers’ box.
 
Wanderers took the lead with seven minutes to go when Delfouneso steered the ball over the line after Doyle’s looping effort was headed goalwards. The Wanderers sub had the decisive touch to make sure of the goal and it was no less than Evatt’s men deserved.
 
Gilks made a stunning save to preserve Wanderers’ lead just a couple of minutes later when he scooped out Anthony O’Connor’s header at the far post.
 
Wanderers made a double attacking sub with Arthur Gnahoua and Shaun Miller on for Isgrove and Doyle with three minutes of time remaining.
 
Rowe’s thunderous free-kick came off the wall and into the path of Elliot Watt whose effort was blocked by Williams.
 
Rowe managed to get on the score sheet though to get a last gasp equaliser for the hosts firing in from the angle beyond Gilks.
 
It was a hard result to take as Wanderers had done more than enough to pick up the victory.
 
 
 
 
Bradford City:
 
Hornby, P. O’Connor (c), Canavan, A. O’Connor, Cooke (Rowe 70), Vernam (Clarke 70), Watt, Sutton, Wood, Cook (Donaldson 82), Crankshaw (Stevens 82)
 
Subs Not Used: O’Donnell, Clarke, Cousin-Dawson, Scales.
 
Goal: Rowe (90+3)
 
 
Bolton Wanderers: 
 
Gilks, Jones, Williams, Almeida Santos, Doyle (Miller 87), Sarcevic (c) (Delfouneso 78), Isgrove (Gnahoua 87), Baptiste, John, Lee, Afolayan. 
 
Subs Not Used:  Maddison, Tutte, Brockbank, Thomason
 
Rowe: Delfouneso (83)

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