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PREVIEW: Oxford United vs. Wanderers

11 February 2022

Wanderers make the trip South to take on promotion-chasing Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Ian Evatt’s men come into the clash in real form and looking for their sixth win in seven matches.

Currently second in the form table for the previous five fixture – Wanderers are only behind league leaders Rotherham United, and are looking to close the nine point gap between themselves in 10th position and the final play-off position.

Oxford are currently 5th in the table and three points behind second-placed Wigan Athletic despite a 2-0 midweek defeat at Accrington Stanley.



Ian Evatt: “We’ve got most to play. We’ve got our eye on what’s to come but Oxford’s a really tough game.

“They will feel if they beat us that’s more or less us ticked off, whereas if we beat them – and we’ve got a game in hand as well – then we won’t be too far away, so it is a big game.

“They’ve got a very good home record, score loads of goals and we need to make sure we’re full tilt and ready to go.”


Karl Robinson: “I like Ian Evatt and he has done an excellent job at a massive football club. They will pack the away area but we will have a 10,000 crowd behind us again.

 “I’m looking forward to the game on Saturday but so are Bolton, I’m sure. It will be two good teams and we are looking forward to getting back out there and playing at a place where we really enjoy playing in front of our fans.”



Wanderers will welcome George Johnston back to the 18-man squad after the central defender missed out on the midweek victory against Charlton Athletic with a bout of illness. The 23-year-old returned to training on Thursday and will come into contention for a return to the starting eleven.

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After coming off at half-time in last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Morecambe, Kieran Lee was an unused substitute during Tuesday’s victory and he could well come back into the starting line-up also.

Meanwhile, Elias Kachunga is stepping up his recovery from a thigh injury. Last featuring in the Papa John’s Trophy defeat at Hartlepool United in early January, the attacker is back running on the grass and nearing ever closer to a return to action.



Wanderers’ allocation of tickets for Saturday’s fixture has sold out.



Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Oxford United | Saturday 21 August 2021

Wanderers maintained their unbeaten start to life in Sky Bet League One with a first home victory of the season against one of last season’s beaten play-off semi-finalists, Oxford United.

Falling behind early on to a controversial Matty Taylor goal, Ian Evatt’s men levelled on the stroke of half-time through Dapo Afolayan who fired a shot into the bottom corner past Jack Stevens from 25 yards out for his second league goal of the campaign.

In front of a crowd at the University of Bolton Stadium of just over 15,000, Eoin Doyle’s superb header gave Wanderers the lead just after the hour mark – connecting with a corner to leave Stevens with no chance. It was a goal that proved enough to earn the home side an impressive victory against a team with clear ambitions of reaching the Championship.


Line-Up: Dixon, Jones, Almeida Santos, Johnston, John (Baptiste 71), Williams, Sheehan, Sarcevic (Lee 88), Isgrove (Kachunga 81), Afolayan, Doyle.

Unused subs: Gilks, Brockbank, Thomason, Delfouneso.



Referee: Gavin Ward

Assistant Referees: Graham Kane and Adrian Waters

Fourth Official: Paul Howard

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Match Reports

REPORT: Oxford Utd 2 Wanderers 3

Brilliant Bakayoko strikes late as Wanderers come from behind to secure big win

12 February 2022

Another dramatic late goal kept Wanderers flying high as Amadou Bakayoko fired the Whites to a sixth win in seven games and ever nearer the play-off picture.

Ian Evatt’s men remain eight points away from the top six and with plenty more to do.

But there’s no stopping them at the moment and Bayako’s third goal in four games was a real statement of intent as Wanderers became just the second team to win at Oxford in League One since mid-October.

The promotion-chasing Yellows twice led in a thrilling first half thanks to a superb Billy Bodin double.

But each time they were pegged back with top-quality goals from wingbacks Declan John and Marlon Fossey, who celebrated the first goal of his senior in breath-taking gymnastic style.

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And with the stage set for a late winner from someone, it was Bakayoko who again stepped forward to mimic Will Aimson’s mid-week clincher and his own last-gasp equaliser at Morecambe as the striker converted a gem of a Fossey cross to keep the Whites’ season very much alive.

With Wanderers heading only to the half-way point of their busy February schedule, Evatt had promised changes which materialised in returns for Kieran Lee, George Johnston and Amadou Bakayoko.

Lee’s afternoon unfortunately lasted only 20 minutes before injury forced him to make way for Kyle Dempsey.

And by then, both teams had scored in a pulsating start.

Top scorer Matty Taylor had already missed an excellent chance for Oxford – dragging a shot just wide – before the U’s did go ahead in the ninth minute.

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Bodin boasts a sweet left foot and he showed it for the first time with a superb free-kick curled beyond James Trafford and into the top corner.

But Wanderers’ response couldn’t have been more emphatic as they were level within 60 seconds.

Aaron Morley, who seems to get more influential by the week, played the perfect pass out wide to John, who accepted the invitation to cut in and steer a sweet strike across goalkeeper Jack Stevens and into the far corner.

The momentum stayed with Wanderers with Dion Charles teeing up Bakayo for a chance he fired against the legs of Stevens.

And there was never likely to be the last of the chances in a wide-open contest which lived fully up to its pre-match billing.

Only league leaders Rotherham had scored more home goals than Oxford before kick-off and the Yellows restored their lead with just over half-an-hour gone with another classy strike from Bodin, who twisted and turned before picking out the bottom corner.

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Wanderers continued to give as good as they were getting, though, and another top-quality goal had them deservedly level again within three minutes.

Once more, Morley delivered a telling ball into the box and when it was headed clear only as far as Fossey, the on-loan Fulham man took a touch before coolly guiding a perfect left-footed effort into the top corner.

A fine save from Trafford to deny Gavin Whyte at the other end then kept it all-square at the end of a breathless first half.

And it didn’t take long for the chances to come again following the re-start, with a ball over the top from Johnston releasing Charles to cut back inside for a shot held by U’s keeper Stevens.

Oxford remained a threat themselves with Taylor pulling another effort just wide as the hosts’ movement demanded maximum concentration from the Whites’ back line.

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But perhaps inevitably the pace and panache of the first half couldn’t be repeated as it became a more cagey contest with neither side wishing to give an inch.

The tension was certainly cranked up as the game approached its closing stages with Wanderers sparking a couple of anxious moments at the back.

This team is on a roll, though, and with three minutes of normal time to go Wanderers grabbed a dramatic winner.

Late goals are becoming a speciality and for the second Saturday in a row Bakayoko provided one.

A superb move triggered by Gethin Jones’ fine pass to Fossey saw the wing-man power forward and deliver a perfect cross for Bakayoko to meet inside the six-yard box with a controlled volley which had the travelling Wanderers’ fans in dreamland.

Wanderers: Trafford; Jones, Santos, Johnston; Fossey, Williams, Morley (Afolayan 67, John; Lee (Dempsey 20); Bakayoko, Charles (Bodvarsson 78). Substitutes: Baptiste, Aimson, Amaechi, Sadlier.

Booked: Afolayan

Oxford United: Stevens; Long, Moore, McNally, Seddon (Baldock 87); Kane; Bodin (McGuane 65), Brannagan; Whyte (Williams 75), Taylor, Sykes. Substitutes: Eastwood, Brown, Winnall, Forde.

Booked: Moore, Kane, Seddon

Referee: Gavin Ward

Attendance: 10,027 (1,750 Wanderers)

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Ticket News

Extra Tickets Available For Oxford Fixture

4 February 2022

Confirmation that the 325 additional tickets for Wanderers’ Sky Bet League One fixture, away to Oxford United on Saturday 12th February 2022 at 3pm, will go on sale to season ticket holders and club members at 10am on Monday 7th February.

On Sale Dates

Non-season ticket holders are required to become Official Club Members in order to purchase match day tickets for this fixture. More information on the Official Club Membership 2021/22 can be found here

Please note season ticket holders do not need to sign up to membership this season.

Ticket Prices*

Adults: £24.00

Over 65s: £17.00

Under 22s: £16.00

Under 18s: £14.00

Under 13s: £10.00

Under 7s: £6.00

Official coach travel is also still available, costing £26.00 per person. All coaches depart from University Of Bolton Stadium at 10:00am.

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*A booking fee of £1.00 per ticket and a Postage & Package fee of 75p are applicable for all tickets purchased online & via the Ticket Office phone lines.

Tickets will not be available to buy in person from the Ticket Office.

Any tickets ordered after 3.00pm on Wednesday 9th February will need to collect their tickets from Bolton Central.

Tickets for this fixture will remain on sale until 3pm on Friday 11th February subject to availability. After this time, no sales or refunds can be processed.

Duplicate ticket requests, should tickets not arrive in the post in time, will also be accepted until 3pm on Friday 11th February.


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