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PREVIEW: Wanderers v Cambridge Utd

Build-up as the Whites aim to extend winning run

1 February 2022

In-form Wanderers make a rapid return to the University of Bolton Stadium and go in search of a third successive home win.

The Whites have also chalked up a 1-0 success at Shrewsbury Town during their current impressive run which has lifted them to 15th place in the table.

Cambridge have also been going well with their only defeat in eight games a penalty shoot-out loss at Rotherham in the Papa John’s Trophy.

The U’s – promoted alongside Wanderers last season – also have a fourth-round FA Cup tie against Luton Town to look forward to on Saturday after knocking out Newcastle in round three.

But Ian Evatt’s will go above them in the table and could go as high as 11th if they can back follow up Saturday’s 6-0 win over Sunderland with another three points.

Pre-match quotes: From the bosses

 

Ian Evatt: “I thought Saturday was excellent but Tuesday will be equally difficult in different circumstances; an equally challenging game.

“As good as it felt and was on Saturday, it’s back to business now with a big game.

“We’ve got to manage that the same way and have the same intensity and work ethic we had on Saturday and give it the same importance.

“And if we do that we’ve got a chance of winning the game.”

Mark Bonner: “I think if we look at Januarys for both teams over the last two years, we’ve both been exceptional, in terms of results.

“Both seasons has seen a transformation of their squad. Some real senior players have left in recent weeks but they’ve re-invested well on some excellent players.

“I think the strength of their team and squad at the minute is very good.

“They come into the game off the back of an incredible result.

“I’m sure they will be full of confidence and looking to back that up with another strong performance against us.”

Team news

Wanderers are unable to include final January arrival Kyle Dempsey after the midfielder signed after the cut-off point to play tonight.

But boss Evatt has no fresh injury concerns in a squad strengthened by seven new arrivals since the turn of the year.

Cambridge are expected to have Lorent Tolaj in their squad following the striker’s loan signing from Brighton but top scorer Joe Ironside is likely to miss out through injury.

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Last time out

Wanderers 6-0 Sunderland 0 | Saturday 29 January, 2022

Wanderers enjoyed a history-making day as they beat promotion-chasing Sunderland 6-0.

The victory was the Whites’ biggest ever at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Dion Charles scored his first home goals in a classy double, with Dapo Afolayan, Kieran Lee, Declan John and an own-goal wrapping up a third successive league win.

Line-up: Trafford; Jones, Santos, Johnston; Fossey, Williams, Morley, John; Lee (Bakayoko 72); Charles (Sadlier 72), Afolayan (Bodvarsson 72). Substitutes: Dixon, Aimson, Thomason, Baptiste.

Match Officials

Referee: Andy Haines

Assistant referees: Johnathon Bickerdike and Steven Rushton

Fourth Official: Robert Lewis

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REPORT: Wanderers 2 Cambridge Utd 0

On-song Wanderers march on as keeper Trafford keeps it clean to enter the record books

1 February 2022

Resurgent Wanderers continued their climb up the table and created another bit of history on the back of a fourth straight win which lifted them back into the top half of League One.

Goals either side of the break from Amadou Bakayoko and another for top scorer Dapo Afolayan gave the Whites a third successive home win.

But the first came at the other end of the pitch as goalkeeper James Trafford wrote himself into the record books.

The on-loan Manchester City youngster is yet to concede a goal since joining Wanderers last month.

And that run of clean sheets makes the 19-year-old the first goalkeeper in Wanderers’ history not to concede a goal in his first four games for the club as Ian Evatt’s men served further notice that they are on the charge.

Wanderers were missing the influential Kieran Lee with a minor knock but still looked to pick up where they left off in Saturday’s 6-0 drubbing of Sunderland which had given the Whites their biggest ever win at the University of Bolton Stadium.

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Some of their football in the opening stages was out of the top drawer and could well have had them ahead.

Wanderers’ movement of the ball was excellent and invariably ended with a chance at the end of it.

Marlon Fossey was first to go close as he met a Declan John cross with an effort he put into the side netting and Fossey was again an almost constant source of danger.

After being picked out by a superb pass from Aaron Morley – who has looked instantly at home in a Wanderers’ shirt – the on-loan Fulham man combined with Dapo Afolayan to tee up Dion Charles, whose near-post flick was well saved by Dimitar Mitov.

And when Fossey burst clear again down the right flank, his cross was volleyed over the top by the hungry Charles.

Cambridge’s only defeat since Christmas had come via a penalty shoot-out loss to Rotherham in the Papa John’s Trophy so perhaps they would inevitably have their moments.

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But it was still against the run of play when Harvey Knibbs headed against a post mid-way through the opening half.

The respite for the visitors was brief, however, with Fossey again threatening the target as he bounced a volley just wide before seeing a shot charged down by Harrison Dunk after the Us’ defence was prised open again.

Sam Smith flashed a header just over the top at the other end but six minutes before the break the Whites deservedly made the breakthrough.

Again the build-up was neat and after Afolayan slipped the ball to John with a delightful flick, the left-back popped up on the right-hand side of the penalty to pull the ball back for Bakayoko to side-foot home his sixth goal of the season on his recall to the side as Lee’s replacement.

With their noses in front, Wanderers knew a second goal might finish it and twice early in the second half they almost got it.

Afolayan was instrumental both times, first nicking the ball and combining with Charles before forcing Mitov into an excellent save and then breaking forward to release Fossey, who appeared to be upended by Dunk as he burst into the box.

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Cambridge looked to capitalise on that apparent reprieve with their best spell of the game as they enjoyed a first period of sustained pressure.

But the Whites stood firm to protect Trafford’s goal and with 20 minutes to go earned themselves some breathing space thanks to another excellent Afolayan goal.

Not for the first time, Charles worried the Cambridge defence into a mistake and after robbing James Brophy fed to Afolayan to move forward and then cut inside to unleash an unstoppable drive into the roof of the net to take his goal tally for the season to a dozen.

January arrivals Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Kieran Sadlier were then given time off the bench to deliver impressive cameos as the White’s new-found squad strength was again evident.

But as the clock ticked down, eyes remained on Trafford who didn’t disappoint as he capped another assured performance with his record-breaking shut-out.

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Wanderers: Trafford; Jones, Almeida Santos, Johnston; Fossey, Williams, Morley, John; Afolayan (Sadlier 76); Bakayoko (Bodvarsson 63), Charles (Thomason 90). Substitutes: Dixon, Aimson, Baptiste, Gordon.

Booked: Williams

Cambridge United: Mitov; Williams, Okedina, Iredale (Sherring 44), Dunk; Digby; Knibbs (Tolaj 65), May, Worman (Lankester 74), Brophy; Smith. Substitutes: Mannion, O’Neil, Sherring, Bennett, Akanbi.

Booked: Mitov

Referee: Andy Haines

Attendance: 13,334 (Cambridge 266)

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Tickets Available For Cambridge Clash

Be there as the in-form Whites aim for four in a row

31 January 2022

In-form Wanderers created club history on Saturday with their 6-0 win over Sunderland.

Ian Evatt’s men racked up the biggest victory ever recorded by the Whites at the University of Bolton Stadium to make it a hat-trick of League One wins.

Evatt’s entertainers are back at home again on Tuesday night (1 February) when they take on Cambridge United.

And with tickets still on sale to official club members, you can be there.

More information on the Official Club Membership scheme can be found HERE.

This fixture will be priced at category C in the club’s match day pricing structure.

Tickets for this fixture (KO 8pm) are priced at the following:

Adults: from £21:00

Over 65s & Under 23s: from £16:00

Under 18s: £10:00

Under 12s: from £8:00

Tickets are available to buy online HERE or via the phone lines by calling 01204 328 888.

We encourage supporters to make use of the ‘Print at Home’ and Digital ticket options on the club’s official e-ticketing site.

Supporters who require wheelchair access or disability seating will need to contact the Ticket Office directly to book their tickets.

From Thursday 27th January, in line with the ending of the government's Plan B measures, COVID-19 certification requirements will no longer be in place for those attending match days at the University of Bolton Stadium. 

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