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PREVIEW: Wanderers v Accrington Stanley

All the info as Wanderers aim for a winning home return on Family Day

18 April 2022

Wanderers take on neighbours Accrington Stanley on another Family Day at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Reduced ticket prices are set to help produce another big home crowd as Ian Evatt’s men look to extend their current unbeaten run to six games and climb back into the top ten.

A 2-1 win at Doncaster Rovers on Good Friday gave Wanderers the perfect start to the Easter weekend, while Stanley drew 0-0 at home to Burton Albion.

Manager quotes

Ian Evatt: “We’ll be ready. We’re excited to play at home. Our support has been fantastic and will be again. It’s three to go – three big games.

“We have evolved since then (December’s defeat at Accrington). At the time we were absolutely crippled by injuries.

“Hopefully we will give a good account of ourselves and go on to get the three points.”

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Accrington manager John Coleman: “It’s a great stadium to go to. I have watched them quite a bit this season and they are an exciting side to watch.

“They are dangerous, they can score goals at the drop of a hat and I like watching them but hopefully I am not watching them play too much on Monday but I am watching my team play.

“Holiday games are a little bit special. Everyone seems to be in a better mood, probably because they aren’t working, and I hope we can give our travelling fans what they deserve as they have had to put up with a lot this season.”

Team news

Wanderers’ boss Ian Evatt has suggested he will make changes to freshen up his starting line-up.

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There could be changes in the attacking positions – with ex-Stanley striker Dion Charles in contention – but the Whites aren’t expecting anyone back from injury to add to the squad that won at Doncaster.

Midfielder Kyle Dempsey hopes to be play before the end of the season but won’t be back to face Stanley.

Accrington are still without midfielder Harry Pell and forward Josh Woods.

Form guide

Wanderers are unbeaten in five games after Friday’s 2-1 success at Doncaster.

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The Whites have drawn their last two home games and are seeking a first win in five outings at the UniBol.

Stanley – whose only previous trip to Wanderers ended in a 0-0 draw in February, 2020 – are three places and nine points behind the Whites, who are 11th in the table.

The Reds have won one of their last seven games – in their last away trip at Fleetwood – and have lost four of their last ten.

Last meeting

Accrington Stanley 1 Bolton Wanderers 0 | Saturday 11 December, 2021

A headed goal from Tommy Leigh left Wanderers stuck in their mid-winter rut.

Leigh nodded home after 20 minutes on a foul afternoon at the Wham Stadium.

Wanderers – badly stretched by injuries and Covid – had early chances but couldn’t make them pay.

And another blank in front of goal made it six successive away defeats for Wanderers ahead of their January re-boot.

Wanderers: Dixon; Senior, Baptiste, Johnston, John; Williams; Kachunga, Lee (Delfouneso 88), Thomason, Afolayan; Doyle (Amaechi 66). Substitutes: Gilks, Brockbank, Gordon, Tweedley, Pettifer.


Referee: Thomas Bramall

Assistant referees: Nick Greenhalgh and Steven Meredith

Fourth Official: Chris Sarginson


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Match Reports

REPORT: Wanderers 3 Accrington Stanley 1

Jon Dadi at the double as lethal Wanderers keep rolling on to close in on top-10 finish

18 April 2022

A Good Friday followed by a happy Monday made it the perfect Easter for Wanderers as Jon Dadi Bodvarsson’s double lifted the Whites back into the top 10.

Ian Evatt’s men backed up their victory at Doncaster with a first home win in five attempts to send another fantastic Family Day crowd of over 19,000 home happy.

A competitive Lancashire derby had been in the balance early in the second half after Stanley had cancelled out Dapo Afolayan’s 14 goal of the season just before the break.

But yet again, Wanderers' boss Evatt was able to use his added goalpower from the bench to great effect and the quality of Bodvarsson was to prove the difference.

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The Iceland international had been on the pitch for only a couple of minutes when he restored Wanderers’ lead with an explosive finish.

And after Stanley had been reduced to 10 men following a straight red card for Rosaire Longelo, Bodvarsson removed all doubt with his second goal a minute from the end as he moved to six for the club and relentless Wanderers extended their unbeaten run to six games in their quest to go undefeated to the end of the campaign.

Evatt shuffled his pack on the back of the win at Doncaster and made four changes across the forward positions as Wanderers looked to end their wait for a first home win since their run of six in a row which had breathed new life into their season.

Former Stanley striker Dion Charles was among those to return with fresh legs and he was sniffing for the opening goal within the opening five minutes.

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Looking to latch onto Michael Nottingham’s back-pass, Charles slid in with keeper Toby Savin and when the ball squired free for Xavier Amaechi, the winger sent his first-time effort wide as he looked to make his first start since November with a goal.

That was symptomatic of a first half-hour in which it didn’t quite click for Wanderers as they tried to utilise the pace of Charles and the trickery of Amaechi.

Stanley had their moments of encouragement going the other way, although former Reds’ loanee James Trafford was never over-extended in gathering long-range efforts.

And the first real chance came Wanderers’ way 10 minutes before the break.

George Johnston’s clearing header released Charles but the Northern Ireland international couldn’t quite give Jay Rich-Baghuelou the slip and under pressure from the defender dragged his attempted finish wide.

That at least opened things up and after Nottingham had headed a free-kick at Trafford, Wanderers went up a gear to force the breakthrough.

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Afolayan had just fired one effort wide when he again made space in the box when turning away from Mitch Clark to steer a typically measured finish low effort into the far bottom corner of the net with three minutes to go to half-time.

With five minutes added on there was still time for another as the Whites camped around the Stanley box, Declan John mis-kicking from the best sight of goal as Evatt’s men looked to tighten their grip.

But with just one goal in it the contest was far from over and five minutes into the second half Stanley were level.

Top scorer Colby Bishop had already fired a decent chance at Trafford and when Stanley had the chance to put the ball into the box again, Tommy Leigh’s cross was flicked on for Rich-Baghuelou to crash the ball home on the volley.

With Stanley now carrying the momentum and looking the most likely to score again, Evatt made a triple change in a bid to regain the initiative.

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And the impact was immediate.

Bodvarsson and Amadou Bakayoko were re-united up front and when Bakayoko laid the ball off for Bodvarsson, the Icelander advanced into the box and fired an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net.

Suddenly Wanderers looked a different proposition again as Bakayoko fired wide, although Stanley thought they had equalised for a second time when Leigh had the ball in the net before seeing his celebrations curtailed by an off-side flag.

A third goal would have been a welcome cushion and with just over 10 minutes to go it nearly came.

Trademark persistence from MJ Williams released Bodvarsson and from his lovely, curling cross Sadlier put his effort just wide as he slid in at the far post.

It had been feisty stuff at time and following eight yellow cards, referee Thomas Bramall then showed red to Stanley wideman Longelo for a high challenge on Morley to leave the visitors to try and fight back with 10 men.

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They gave it a go but Wanderers always looked capable of adding to their tally on the break and with a minute to go a superb passage of play gave Bodvarsson the chance to wrap things up with his second of the game.

The striker had options on the edge of the penalty and chose the right one with another unerring finish as he went for goal and directed a low shot in off a post to keep Wanderers motoring towards the finishing line.

Wanderers: Trafford; Jones, Aimson, Johnston, John; Williams, Morley; Amaechi (Sadlier 65), Kachunga (Bodvarsson 67); Afolayan; Charles (Bakayoko 67). Substitutes: Dixon, Thomason, Baptiste, Gordon.

Booked: Afolayan, John, Amaechi, Williams

Accrington Stanley: Savin; Sykes, Nottingham, Rich-Baghuelou; Clark (Pritchard,73), Longelo, Conneely (Coyle 78), Hamilton, McConville; Leigh; Bishop. Substitutes: Isherwood, Butcher, O’Sullivan, Amankwah, Adedoyin.

Booked: Clark, McConville, Rich-Baghuelou, Conneely

Sent off: Longelo


Thomas Bramall

Attendance: 19,098 (Accrington 668)

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Ticket News

Family Day This Easter Monday

Tickets for the Accrington fixture are just £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.

17 April 2022

Taking place at the home game to Accrington Stanley on Easter Monday (18th April), prices for the fixture have been reduced to just £10 for adults and £5 for Over-65s and Under-18s.

Tickets are on sale now and available here.

Over 20,000 attended the initial Family Day fixture against Rotherham United in September and the hope is to welcome another bumper crowd to the University of Bolton Stadium to support Ian Evatt and his men in the Lancashire derby.

The club’s Family Day initiatives aim to make football as accessible and good value as possible to the entire community.

The Easter Monday Family Day will also coincide with the Bolton Unity Project’s first flagship event, the Bolton Unity Festival. The Bolton Unity Project is an alliance made up of six partner organisations; Bolton Wanderers in the Community, Bolton Solidarity Community Association, Bolton Council of Mosques, Bolton Interfaith Council, Bolton Christian Community Cohesion and the Bolton Hindu Forum.

And on the day of the Stanley game, the Premier Suite at the UniBol and Bolton Wanderers in the Community will host the Bolton Unity Festival from 11am-3pm.

From Indian delicacies to traditional fish and chips, the festival will allow all attendees to experience the greatness of Bolton’s diversity under one roof. The event will see a cultural explosion of art and music. This will include a display of African Drums, Bollywood Dancing and talented singers coming together to celebrate differences whilst promoting unity and integration.

The entertainment will also see a fantastic procession around the grounds of the stadium being led by a musical band, accompanied by a Chinese dragon procession.

All those attending will have an opportunity to learn more about different faiths, communities and charity organisations through a 'market place' of over 60 communty stalls. The event is free to enter. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Bolton Stadium for an exciting day for all the family. 

Tickets for the fixture are available here.

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