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🗞️ Preview: Bolton Wanderers vs Crewe Alexandra

8 September 2020

Wanderers begin their EFL Trophy campaign on Tuesday evening with a clash against Sky Bet League One side Crewe Alexandra.

Ian Evatt’s side will be looking to respond to last weekend’s Carabao Cup defeat to Bradford City whilst looking for a better result than the 3-0 defeat suffered to Alex at the University of Bolton Stadium in the final pre-season friendly fixture eleven days ago. The Head Coach could be tempted to make a number of changes to his team with the league opener against Forest Green Rovers on the horizon and team news will be available from 6pm this evening.

Pre-Match Quotes: 

Ian Evatt: ‘We know what to expect from Crewe and they will probably know what to expect from us. It’s another game for us and it’s going to be a tough game because Crewe are a very good team. Whatever team I put out there should be capable of getting the right result, that’s what we want.

‘We need to start building that consistency, get those player relationships developing and then take some confidence into Saturday.’    

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Team News:

Ian Evatt could make a number of changes this evening as he prepares his squad for the weekend’s Sky Bet League Two opener against Forest Green Rovers.

There are no known injury concerns coming into this fixture. Shaun Miller came on as a substitute for his debut last weekend and could be pushing for a start against his former club, with Andrew Tutte in search of a debut appearance this evening.


Bookies Odds:

Bolton win: 13/8

Draw: 21/10

Crewe win: 7/5

Correct as of 08/09/2020 (12.00pm) on



Wanderers come into the game off the back of Saturday’s defeat to Bradford City in the Carabao Cup. Antoni Sarcevic scored his first goal for the club to end an impressive 19-pass move. Ian Evatt’s side will be hoping to build some momentum with a positive result against Crewe Alexandra ahead of the Sky Bet League Two season opener against Forest Green Rovers.

Crewe got their campaign underway with a 2-1 home defeat to Lincoln City in the Carabao Cup. Billy Sass-Davies scored the equaliser at Gresty Road after being set-up by Charlie Kirk.


Last time out:

Crewe Alexandra 1-2 Bolton Wanderers | League Cup | 09/08/2017


Crewe: Garratt, Ng, Raynes, Nolan, Walker (Bowery 87), Cooper, Ainley (Pickering 84), Wintle, Lowery, Porter, Dagnall.

Wanderers: Alnwick, Little (Morais 66), Robinson, Derik, Darby, Burke, Buckley, Pratley (Karacan 67), Earing, Wilbraham (Madine 66), Armstrong.



Match Officials:

Referee: Anthony Backhouse

Assistant Referees: Richard Wigglesworth and Joe Simpson

Fourth Official: Anthony Moore

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Match Reports

Report: Bolton Wanderers 2 - 3 Crewe Alexandra

8 September 2020

A late penalty from Mikael Mandron prevented Bolton Wanderers from taking this EFL Trophy tie to a penalty shootout after they had twice got themselves back into the game against a strong Crewe Alexandra side.

The Frenchman netted the first of his two strikes after 15 minutes to put the visitors in front only for Ryan Delaney to cancel out the goal with a close-range header shortly after half-time.

Owen Dale then put Crewe back in front with a venomous strike from 20 yards before substitute Shaun Miller fired in an equally impressive effort from range against his former club.

With Wanderers looking the most likely of the teams to net a winner, Mandron’s spot-kick came against the run of play.

While the decision to award the penalty seemed fair, there was a clear offside in the build up to the foul.

Ian Evatt had made four changes to the side that lost in the Carabao Cup against Bradford City on Saturday with Delaney, Harry Brockbank, Ali Crawford and Jak Hickman coming into the starting XI.

Billy Crellin, impressive during his debut on Saturday, made a vital save early on to deny Josh Lundstram who was put through on goal.

The visitors survived a strong penalty appeal when Hickman appeared to be bundled over after Nathan Delfouneso’s superb cross sailed towards Eoin Doyle.

But Crewe got their noses in front shortly afterwards when Mandron nodded Callum Ainley’s cross past Crellin.

A deft Liam Gordon cross from the left towards Hickman was diverted for a corner by Harry Pickering, as Wanderers pressed for an equaliser.

Both sides created chances as the half drew to a close.

Wanderers didn’t have to wait too long to get themselves deservedly back on terms.

Some great play by skipper Antoni Sarcevic saw Brockbank whip in a menacing cross from the right towards Doyle, but Omar Beckles got in the way to put the ball out for a corner.

From the resulting kick, which was delivered by Crawford, Doyle headed the ball into the path of his fellow Irishman Delaney who nodded the ball home.

Evatt made a double change shortly after the hour mark with Miller and Comley coming on for Delfouneso and White respectively.

But Crewe got themselves back in front with Dale’s spectacular strike.

Delaney was unlucky not to get his second of the evening and another equaliser when he headed wide off Crawford’s corner.

But that equaliser came shortly afterwards through the substitute Miller who picked out the top corner with a left-footed curler.

That goal put the hosts in the ascendancy and they looked to capitalise on their second-half improvement against their higher league opponents.

But Mandron had the last laugh when he emphatically placed his spot kick past Crellin who went the wrong way.

Replays clearly indicated a blatant offside in the build up to the foul being awarded.

Crewe hung on to claim victory but the manner in which Wanderers improved in the second half will boost their hopes of getting a positive result against Forest Green Rovers when the Sky Bet League Two campaign gets underway on Saturday at the University of Bolton Stadium.


Wanderers: Crellin, Brockbank, Delaney, Taft, Hickman (Jones 76), Gordon, White (Comley 66), Sarcevic, Crawford, Delfouneso (Miller 66), Doyle.

Unused Subs: Alexander, Senior, Tutte, Darcy. 

Goals: Delaney (53), Miller (75).


Crewe: Richards, Johnson, Beckles, Sass-Davies, Pickering, Lundstram (Finney 80), Wintle, Ainley, Zanzala (Kirk 65), Mandron, Dale.

Unused Subs: Booth, Griffiths, Lancashire, Murphy, Nolan. 

Goals: Mandron (15, 89 pen), Dale (66).

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