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🗞️ Preview: Bolton Wanderers vs. Mansfield Town

3 November 2020

Wanderers return to home Sky Bet League Two action at the University of Bolton Stadium this evening, taking on Mansfield Town and looking to respond following last weekend’s disappointing defeat at the hands of Leyton Orient.

Pre-Match Quotes: 

Ian Evatt: ‘It’ll be a tough game. Just because they’re manager-less doesn’t necessarily mean that’s a good thing because sometimes you get reactions from teams when that happens. They’ve got good players there’s no two ways about it – they’re big spenders in this division.

‘We have to concentrate on ourselves and do what we do well. We have to start the game better for one. When we start games well this season. We’ve had good performances and good results off the back of it. We have to make sure we start the game fast, start it better than we did on Saturday and give ourselves a platform to grow into the game. Hopefully then we can get the right result.’


Richard Cooper [Caretaker Manager]: ‘We’ve had to focus on how hard the players can work in the training leading up to the Bolton game, but we’ve also had to make sure that we get some messages and pictures into the training.

‘We’ve done some work with Bolton in mind, we’ve got into the players and we’re fully focused on Bolton.’


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Team News:

Nathan Delfouneso will be assessed ahead of tonight’s fixture and he could yet be involved despite being replaced early in the weekend’s defeat at Leyton Orient.

Tom White returned from injury at the weekend and could be pushing for a start, whilst Ian Evatt declared Lloyd Isgrove and Shaun Miller fit enough to be included in the matchday squad.

Gethin Jones is also closing in on a return to action and could well make the squad. In the Mansfield Town camp, Mal Benning and Corey O’Keeffe will be assessed ahead of the match following their return from self-isolation periods, whilst Ryan Sweeney will miss out following a positive test for COVID-19 last week.

Ollie Clarke and Joe Riley will be absent with the duo continuing their recoveries from respective calf and knee injuries.


Bookies Odds:

Bolton win: 13/8

Draw: 23/10

Mansfield win: 6/4

Correct as of 03/11/2020 (11.30am) on



Wanderers go into this evening’s game on the back of a 4-0 defeat at Leyton Orient last weekend, yet still hoping to make it back-to-back home victories following last week’s 1-0 victory against Bradford City.

Prior to Saturday’s loss in East London, Ian Evatt’s men had lost just a single league fixture since a home defeat to Newport County in late September.

Mansfield are still without a league victory this season, although they picked up a point in a 1-1 home draw with Walsall last time out. Prior to that, again on their own patch, they were beaten 4-2 by Barrow and it was a result that ultimately cost Graham Coughlan his job.



Last time out:

The last time the two teams met was back in April 1993 in Division Two at Field Mill. The two teams drew 1-1 with Mark Seagraves on the scoresheet for Wanderers who were ultimately promoted with Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion.

Fortunes were vastly different for Mansfield who were relegated to Division Three with Preston North End, Wigan Athletic and Chester City. In the earlier fixture between the Wanderers and the Stags at Burnden Park the previous month, Bruce Rioch’s side won 2-1 with Andy Walker scoring a brace.


Match Officials:

Referee: Andy Haines

Assistant Referees: Matthew Smith and Joe Simpson

Fourth Official: Richard Bartlett

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Match Reports

Report: Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Mansfield Town

3 November 2020

ANTONI SARCEVIC’S fourth goal of the season earned Bolton Wanderers a 90th minute equaliser at the University of Bolton Stadium.

The Wanderers skipper got on the end of an Ali Crawford pass to send his side home with a point after George Lapslie headed the visitors in front.

Ian Evatt made two changes from the side that lost at Leyton Orient at the weekend with Ronan Darcy and Tom White coming into the starting XI at the expense of Andrew Tutte and Arthur Gnahoua who both dropped to the bench.

Ali Crawford shot just wide of the Mansfield goal in the early stages after Peter Kioso won back possession and instigated some smart passes before the ball fell to the Scot.

An incisve through ball from Ricardo Almeida Santos found Nathan Delfounseso who sparked a Wanderers attack. The ball fell once again to Crawford whose first-time shot went narrowly over the bar.

A rare break into the Wanderers box by Mansfield ended when Sarcevic cleared for a corner.

Billy Crellin made a vital save off Nicky Maynard shortly afterwards when his punch clear from Stephen McLaughlin’s corner lacked enough power to avert the danger.

A smart one-two between Sarcevic and Delfouneso ended with the Wanderers skipper forcing out a fine save from Marek Stech.

Evatt was forced into making his first change of the evening after 29 minutes when Harry Brockbank limped off. Liam Gordon came on in his place at left wing-back. 

Crellin made himself big to block Jordan Bowery’s shot after Maynard’s early cross from the right hand side played the Stags’ front man.

A surging run out of defence by Almeida Santos ended when he was felled at the opposite end of the pitch. The free-kick by Crawford, from 30 yards out, was well struck but flew over Stech’s cross bar.

Kellan Gordon was allowed to run and get a shot on goal but his effort was way off target.

The visitors started off the brighter of the two in the second period and George Maris was unlucky not to round off a great passing move when his shot went narrowly wide. It was a big left off for Wanderers who had allowed their opponents too much of the ball since the restart.

Mal Benning was the next to try his luck and after coming forward from left-back, he arrowed a shot from distance which took a deflection and went narrowly wide. Wanderers were struggling to get into the game.

From the resulting corner, George Lapslie ran to the near post to glance in the opener.

Arthur Gnahoua came on for Ronan Darcy after 57 minutes as Evatt made another change.

A whipped in free-kick from Crawford was cleared for a corner as Wanderers battled to get an equaliser.

Evatt made his final switch of the evening with Shaun Miller coming on for Delfouneso with twenty minutes of the contest remaining.

The substitute’s first touch won Wanderers a corner which was eventually cleared; making his return from injury, he put in a hard-working display.

Wanderers left it late to get a share of the spoils thanks to their hard working captain Sarcevic who turned a shot past Stech in the Town goal in the final minute of the ninety.



Bolton Wanderers: Crellin, Baptiste, Kioso, Almeida Santos, Delaney, Brockbank (Gordon 29), Sarcevic, White, Crawford, Darcy (Gnahoua 57), Delfouneso (Miller 70).

Subs Not Used: Hickman, Tutte, Miller, Isgrove, Greenidge.


Mansfield Town: Stech, Gordon, Rawson, Perch, Benning (O’Keefe 71), Maris (O’Driscoll 86), Lapslie, Charsley, McLaughlin, Bower, Maynard (Reid 76)

Subs Not Used: Stone (GK), Menayese, Cook, Sinclair


Goals: Lapslie (57), Sarcevic (90)

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