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🗞️ Preview: Port Vale vs. Bolton Wanderers

12 March 2021

Bolton Wanderers head down to the Potteries aiming to continue their fine form which has seen them remain unbeaten in their past ten matches, picking up eight wins and two draws.

Pre-Match Quotes: 

Ian Evatt: “We just want to win the game, it's a simple as that. Yes we do remember what happened in December, but that isn't going to define our season.

“What will define our season is how we finish these next 12 games because we've given ourselves an opportunity. We didn't have that opportunity then.

"In terms of how a season plays out I'd much rather be in the form we've got now with the squad I've got available now than going the first couple of months unbeaten.

"It means more. It's more important, there's more on it. Trophies are given out in May and not September, October, November. We just have to maintain our focus, keep our hard work, keep being humble, respect everybody and Port Vale will be a challenging and difficult game, no doubt. But we have to make sure we keep hitting those standards that we're starting to set for ourselves."


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Team News:

With the exception of long-term absentees, Dennis Politic and Liam Edwards, Ian Evatt will have a full squad to choose from as Bolton Wanderers aim to continue their momentum.

Niggles sustained during Tuesday’s victory against Cambridge United have settled down, leaving the Wanderers manager with plenty of options ahead of the trip to Vale.


Bookies Odds:

Port Vale win: 21/20

Draw: 9/4

Bolton Wanderers win: 6/5

Correct as of 12/3/2021 (10am) on



Wanderers are currently at the summit of the Sky Bet League Two form table over the last ten games.

Eight wins and two draws during that sequence have seen them pick up 26 points from a possible 30.

Conversely, Saturday opponents have won only one game, a 5-1 victory against Southend United, over their past ten encounters.

Their recent goalless draw against Oldham Athletic brought to an end a run of three consecutive defeats.


Last time out:

Vale ran out 6-3 winners at the University of Bolton Stadium back in December when these two sides last met.

The visitors raced into a two-goal lead inside nine minutes before Gethin Jones reduced the arrears after 11 minutes.

Tom Conlon’s penalty just before the break restored Vale’s two-goal advantage.

Further goals from Cristian Montano, David Worrall, and Nathan Smith saw Vale go 6-1 up just after the hour mark.

Wanderers netted two further consolation goals from Eoin Doyle and Lloyd Isgrove to cap off a crazy contest.


Match Officials:

Referee: Craig Hicks.

Assistant Referees: Mark Cunliffe and Hristo Karaivanov.

Fourth Official: Ollie Williams.


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Match Reports

Report: Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Wanderers

13 March 2021

Bolton Wanderers’ impressive run of form continued as Gethin Jones hit the only goal of the game to give Ian Evatt’s men another victory against Port Vale.

After a tepid first-half, not helped by a difficult playing surface, Wanderers upped the ante after half-time and deserved their win,
Wanderers remained unchanged from the side that beat Cambridge United at the University of Bolton Stadium in midweek.
Zack Elbouzedi was the only change among the substitutes where he came in for Marcus Maddison.
Matt Gilks required treatment after six minutes when his foot appeared to get stuck in the ground as he attempted to clear Baptiste’s under-hit back pass. The keeper though was able to carry on.
Wanderers were having the majority of possession during the early exchanges but weren’t able to probe into the Vale final third on many occasions.
The visitors lost the services of their captain Antoni Sarcevic after 26 minutes when he limped off with what appeared to be a hamstring problem. Lloyd Isgrove came on for the midfielder.
Devante Rodney dragged a shot wide after bursting through as Vale started to press Wanderers.
Doyle’s glancing header went straight into the arms of Scott Brown after Vale struggled to deal with a Wanderers corner.
Tom Conlon’s volley which came from Leon Legge’s throw took a deflection off a Wanderers defender for a Vale corner.
Rodney’s dipping volley just before the break flashed wide as Vale tried to steal a half-time lead.
Theo Robinson received Rodney’s lay-off but his low shot didn’t trouble Gilks who easily gathered the ball.
After a good spell of pressure, Wanderers took the lead on 63 minutes through Jones, whose left-footed effort left Brown flat-footed as it nestled into the back of the net. The Welshman received the ball just inside the box from Afolayan.
Evatt immediately made another change when he brought on Arthur Gnahoua for Dapo Afolayan.
Gilks then kept out David Worrall at the second attempt as Vale pressed forward in search of an equaliser.
David Amoo, who had earlier come on for Hurst, drilled a shot low and wide from distance.
Luke Joyce received a short corner on the edge of the box but shot straight into the hands of Gilks.
Wanderers made their final change with just under ten minutes of the game remaining with Elbouzedi coming on for Eoin Doyle.
The sub almost had an immediate impact when his ball into the centre was turned away for a corner with Nathan Delfouneso shaping up to shoot.
Vale, having used their subs, played the final moments of the game with ten men after Adam Crookes hobbled off the pitch with a leg injury.
Wanderers saw out the game expertly extended their unbeaten run to an 11th game with another victory on the road.
Bolton Wanderers:
Gilks, Jones, John, Lee, Almeida Santos, Baptiste, Delfouneso, MJ Williams, Doyle (Elbouzedi 81), Sarcevic (C) (Isgrove 26), Afolayan (Gnahoua 64).
Subs Not Used: Tutte, Miller, Brockbank, Thomason.
Port Vale: 
Brown, Crookes, Joyce (Oyeleke 80), Legge, Smith, Worrall, Conlon (C), Mills (Taylor 80), Rodney (Cullen 80), Hurst (Amoo 69), Swann (Robinson 31).
Subs Not Used: Oyeleke, Cullen, Brisley, Taylor, Scott

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