Wanderers are back on the road with a trip to the LNER Stadium to take on Lincoln City, and in search of their first Sky Bet League One victory of the season.
Despite plenty of positives from Saturday’s draw at AFC Wimbledon, Ian Evatt and his team will have been hugely frustrated not to come away from Plough Lane with all three points having led 3-1 going into the final quarter of an hour of the contest. Although the draw, along with progress in the Carabao Cup last week means an unbeaten start to 2021/22
Lincoln have had a positive start to their own campaign with four points from the first two outings. Drawing on the opening day of the season at Gillingham, Michael Appleton’s side came from behind to beat Fleetwood Town last weekend.
Pre-match quotes: From the bosses
Ian Evatt: “I think they’re a really good team with a very, very good manager. He’s someone that I respect a lot in the game. It’s going to be a challenging game and a good benchmark for us. They got to the play-off final last season, and I see a lot of similarities between the two teams, with what we try to do, and the way we try to play. It’ll be a good game.”
Michael Appleton: “It’s a satisfying start to the season for us. To pick a point up at Gillingham is never easy and backing it up with a win at home is really pleasing. Bolton have a lot of momentum from last season’s success. They went on an incredible run and are a huge club. There’s a feel-good factor there and I’m sure Ian (Evatt) will be pleased with their goal tally.”
Declan John will be assessed ahead of Tuesday evening’s fixture against Lincoln, with the Welsh full-back nursing a slight hip injury sustained during a collision in Saturday’s draw at AFC Wimbledon. Should this evening's game come too soon for him, Liam Gordon could slot in at left-back.
George Johnston could return to the starting eleven in place of either Ricardo Almeida Santos or Alex Baptiste. The central defender missed out on the starting eleven at AFC Wimbledon but impressive displays so far in a Bolton shirt could mean Ian Evatt recalls him into the team.
Former Wanderer Liam Bridcutt is likely to start for Lincoln City on Tuesday evening, with Michael Appleton having named the same starting eleven in both of their Sky Bet League One fixtures so far this term.
Tickets and Travel
Wanderers supporters will be able to purchase tickets at the LNER Stadium this evening, ahead of our Sky Bet League One clash with Lincoln City.
Tickets will be sold from the Visitors Ticket Office, which is located close to the club store.
Ticket prices will remain the same on the night.
Over 65s: £19.00
Under 22s: £19.00
Under 18s: £10.00
Ticket Office number: 01204 328 888
Last Time Out
It was an evening to forget for Wanderers at Sincil Bank with a defeat that left Keith Hill’s side 17 points from safety. Harry Anderson gave the Imps an early lead, but Ronan Darcy’s terrific strike brought the two teams level just after the break.
Tyler Walker restored City’s lead just after the hour mark and three goals in the final five minutes condemned Wanderers to a heavy defeat. Josh Emmanuel scored an own-goal before substitute John Akinde scored a brace.
Lincoln City 5-1 Bolton Wanderers | Tuesday 14 January 2020
Line-Up: Matthews, Emmanuel, Zouma (O’Grady 46), Nsiala, Edwards, L. Murphy, Hamilton, Darcy (Brockbank 82), Dodoo, Politic (Faal 90), D. Murphy
Unused Subs: Alexander, Senior, Graham, Hall.
Referee: Samuel Barrott
Assistants: Joe Clark and Bradley Hall
Fourth Official: Lee Freeman