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🗞️ Preview: Stevenage vs. Bolton Wanderers

20 November 2020

Wanderers are back on their travels tomorrow with a first ever trip to Stevenage in Sky Bet League Two. Following four successive home fixtures against Mansfield Town, Crewe Alexandra, Salford City and Newcastle United U21s, Ian Evatt’s men make a trip to the Lamex Stadium.

Pre-Match Quotes: 

Ian Evatt: ‘It’ll be tough, they’ll be hard to beat. They haven’t conceded too many goals, but they’re not scoring many either; Alex (Revell) is a young manager and it’s his first year in the job. Bolton Wanderers are a big scalp for any club as we’ve spoken about before, and we have to go there with the right attitude and mentality, and make sure we start the game well. If we do, and perform to the levels I know we can, then I’m hopeful that we’ll get three points.’

Alex Revell: ‘We know it’s going to be a tough game because they’re a good side, but when the players have that self-belief and it clicks, then I’m sure we’ll be an excellent side as well. They’ve got a great squad and some really top talent, but they have a new manager and like anything, it takes time. We’ve really got to focus on ourselves and the way we play because we’ve had some excellent performances that haven’t been rewarded because we haven’t taken our chances.’

 

How to watch:

Wanderers supporters can watch the clash with Stevenage 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:

Harry Brockbank continues his recovery from a hamstring injury, so he’s unlikely to be named in the matchday squad, whilst Dennis Politic of course continues his own recovery from a long-term knee injury.

Matt Gilks is likely to retain his place between the sticks after playing in Wanderers’ last Sky Bet League Two fixture against Salford City. George Thomason returned from his loan spell at Bamber Bridge and produced an impressive cameo during the midweek Papa John’s Trophy victory against Newcastle United Under-21s, and he could well be a part of the travelling squad this weekend.

In the Stevenage camp, Alex Revell boasts an almost full fit squad to choose from. Only duo Jack Aitchison and Elliot Osborne are out of contention with recently sustained ankle injuries

 

Bookies Odds:

Stevenage win: 8/5

Draw: 11/5

Bolton win: 8/5

Correct as of 20/11/2020 (2.30pm) on skybet.com

 

Form:

Wanderers head into the weekend’s match buoyed by back-to-back wins in all competitions for the first time this season. Securing three points in a 2-0 Sky Bet League Two victory against Salford City last week, Ian Evatt’s men defeated Newcastle United Under-21s 3-2 in the Papa John’s Trophy earlier in the week.

The last away fixture saw Wanderers beaten 4-0 at Leyton Orient, and they will be hoping to fare much better on the road this time around – aiming for a second league away win of the season, and the first since a 2-1 win against Harrogate Town at Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium.

Stevenage lost on penalties in the Papa John's Trophy at League One Northampton Town during the week and drew their last Sky Bet League Two fixture 1-1 at Morecambe. Previous to that they were beaten 3-1 at Colchester United and have won just a single game in the league this season – a 3-0 home victory against Oldham Athletic on the second weekend of the 2020/21 season.  

 

Last time out:

Saturday’s fixture will be the first ever meeting between the two teams.

 

Match Officials:

Referee: Will Finnie

Assistant Referees: Gregory Read and Michael Webb

Fourth Official: Marc Wilson

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Match Reports

Report: Stevenage 1-2 Bolton Wanderers

21 November 2020

Goals from Eoin Doyle and Ali Crawford made it three wins on the trot for Ian Evatt’s men as they beat Stevenage 2-1 at the Lamex Stadium.

The duo gave Wanderers an early two-goal lead before Tom Pett reduced the arrears before the break.
 
But Wanderers saw the game through to follow on from successive vixtories against Salford City and a midweek Papa John’s Trophy win against Newcastle United under 21s.
 
Ian Evatt named the same starting XI that defeated Salford City at Bolton Wanderers' last league outing.
 
Some good play on the nearside saw Nathan Delfouneso link up with Doyle. As the Irishman lost his marker he overhit his cross into the box which went out for a throw-in.
 
A fantastic finish to complete a great passage of play saw Doyle put Wanderers in front after 14 minutes. Peter Kioso’s cross into the box after receiving Delfouneso’s lay-off was met by Sarcevic, whose powerful shot was parried into the path of the Irishman by Jamie Cumming.
 
Doyle wasted no time in putting his side in front from close range with an acrobatic effort for his fourth goal of the campaign.
 
Cumming made a good save to keep out a powerful header from Alex Baptiste who rose to meet Crawford’s well-taken corner. The ball was then eventually cleared to safety by the Stevenage defence.
 
Sarcevic’s cross into the box was slightly overhit as Wanderers worked well to advance the ball up the field.
 
The hosts saw a whipped in effort from Arthur Read cleared by Ricardo Almeida Santos for a corner, but Wanderers broke at pace up field to grab their deserved second through Crawford’s first of the campaign.
 
And what an assured finish it was. Gethin Jones’ measured pass found the Scot on the edge of the box and his astute first time low finish gave Cumming no chance from 15 yards.
 
Tom Pett pulled a goal back just before the break with a smart finish beyond Gilks after latching onto a cross from the right hand side.
 
Doyle wasn’t too far away from grabbing his second after some positive play over on the far side. Baptiste put the ball into the penalty area, but the striker wasn’t able to find a way past Cumming who got down to gather the ball.
 
Delfouneso held on to the ball after running into the channels before teeing up Sarcevic. The Wanderers’ captain’s deep cross just about evaded Doyle at the far post.
 
Matt Gilks got down well to keep out substitute Danny Newton shortly afterwards, with the forward looking to ask an immediate question of the Wanderers defence. 
 
Some excellent counter attacking play, brought about another great chance for Wanderers with Sarcevic setting up Doyle, whose shot was charged down.
 
Jones’ follow-up shot was then deflected for a corner as Wanderers tried to capitalise on their attacking momentum.
 
Cumming made a terrifc save diving to his right to keep out Jones’ effort after the wing-back met Kioso’s low cross.
 
Gilks made a splendid save at full stretch to keep out a curling effort from Pett after Stevenage pressed forward in search of an equaliser.
 
Evatt made his first change after 76 minutes with Shaun Miller coming on for Delfouneso. Lloyd Isgrove came on two minutes later for goalscorer Crawford.
 
The hosts won a free-kick in a dangerous area after Delaney felled Elliott List. The set-play was well defended by Wanderers as the game edged towards full-time.
 
A superb breakaway led by Miller should have seen Doyle put the result beyond doubt but the striker’s left footed effort was tame.
 
But Wanderers saw the game through and picked up their successive victory.
 
 
 
Teams:
 
Stevenage: Cumming, Coker (List 81), Cuthbert, Carter, (Marsh 66), Hutton, Iontton, Read (Akinwande 81), Smith, Marshall, Pett, Oteh.
 
Subs Not Used: Johnson, Vincelot, Prosser,  Newton.
 
 
Bolton Wanderers: Gilks, Jones, Almeida Santos, Delaney, Delfouneso (Miller 76), Doyle, Sarcevic, Crawford (Isgrove 78), Tutte, Baptiste, Kioso.
 
Subs Not Used: Crellin, Comley, Mascoll, Greenidge, Darcy.

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