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PREVIEW: Wanderers v Morecambe

All the info as Wanderers look to extend winning home run

8 March 2022

Wanderers will be going for a seventh successive home win when they face Morecambe tonight.

The Whites have put themselves into play-off contention on the back of an inspired run since mid-January.

However, there is still a seven-point gap to the top six and Ian Evatt’s men – who are 11th in the table – will be hoping to avoid a slip-up against the Shrimps to keep building the pressure on the teams above.

Morecambe’s attention is focused on a relegation fight as they look to stay in League One for a second season after going up with Morecambe last season.

Derek Adams returned as manager at the end of last month and has taken a point from his first two games back at the helm.

Quotes from the managers:

Ian Evatt: “We’ve got 10 games left and six of those are at home.

“We want to try and win all of our home games and if we can and we can nick things away from home it gives us a chance.

“We want to create the best possible atmosphere we can here.

“If the supporters can do that and help us with the atmosphere, that it can help make it more difficult for the opposition.”

Morecambe manager Derek Adams: “What I have seen of them, they are a very, very good team.

“They pass the ball well, their rotation is excellent and the way that they push the wing-backs, I think one of them ended up as a centre-forward in the last game.

“That just shows the freedom they have got to go and play. They have done that very well and they are obviously high in confidence.

“They have got a really good squad and they are trying hard to push into those promotion places. They have been on an excellent run and we understand how difficult this game will be.”

Team news:

Wanderers will check on midfielder Kyle Dempsey after he missed out on a return to former club Gillingham last weekend.

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Vice-captain Gethin Jones remains unavailable but Alex Baptiste could return to the squad.

Morecambe were without Greg Leigh, Aaron Wildig and Toumani Diagouraga through illness for last Saturday’s 2-0 loss at Plymouth and will be hoping they are fit to return.

Tickets:

Tickets are still available to members from Bolton Central and the match is available to stream live via iFollow with details HERE

Form guide:

Wanderers are seeking a seventh successive home win and a 10th win in 13 matches following their 3-0 victory at Gillingham last Saturday.

Morecambe are without a win in eight games and haven’t win away in League One since November.

However, the Shrimps – 21st in the table – have lost just four of their last nine games as they fight for survival.

Last meeting:

Morecambe 1-1 Bolton Wanderers | Saturday 5 February, 2022

Wanderers grabbed a point in dramatic circumstances at the Mazuma Stadium just over a month ago.

Whites’ skipper Ricardo Almeida Santos was sent off for handball to earn a red card which was subsequently over-turned on appeal.

James Trafford saved Cole Stockton’s penalty but was then beaten by the striker shortly afterwards.

The game was then stopped following a crowd incident before the 10-man Whites earned a precious equaliser when substitute Amadou Bakayoko fired home in the 104th minute to extend his side’s unbeaten run to five games.

Match officials:

Referee: Christopher Sarginson

Assistant referees: Alan Clayton and Paul Newhouse

Fourth official: Aaron Jackson

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Match Reports

REPORT: Wanderers 1 Morecambe 1

Bodvarsson pounces late on to earn Wanderers deserved reward and extend unbeaten home run

8 March 2022

Wanderers ended a night of frustration with a last-gasp equaliser as super-sub Jon Dadi Bodvarsson struck again to rescue what could yet be a priceless point.

The Whites looked as though they would be made to pay the price for missing early chances and gifting Morecambe a half-time lead.

But even though their winning home run ended at six games, Ian Evatt’s men showed the spirit and resolve to hit back and level in injury time as Bodvarsson made it two in two to further endear himself to the Wanderers’ faithful.

Wanderers dominated possession as they battled to keep their play-off push in forward gear with a possible 10th win in 13 games.

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But an electric start failed to earn them a lead and Morecambe – fighting for their lives at the other end of League One – then got what they wanted when Cole Stockton gave them a lead to hold onto.

With men behind the ball the Shrimps looked as though they would hold on but Wanderers’ pressure finally paid when Bodvarsson rammed the ball home to earn deservedly earn some reward and avoid a first home defeat since early January.

Wanderers – with Amadou Bakyoko back in the starting line-up following another dramatic late equaliser in the first meeting between the two sides – started where they had left off in winning at Gillingham on Saturday as they went in search of an early goal.

And it should have come with barely five minutes gone.

A superb move which prised open the Morecambe back line saw Dapo Afolayan’s low cross laid off by Declan John for Dion Charles whose radar was off as he steered his attempted finish wide of the target.

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The Shrimps were intent on throwing up a row of red shirts to try and limited Wanderers’ attacking space and play on the counter-attack.

But with Ricardo Almeida Santos a magnificent sentry at the back for the Whites, the chances continued to come Wanderers’ way.

With 20 minutes gone Bakayoko picked out Charles, who thundered a shot against the underside of the bar,

And Bakayoko was then only inches wide with an effort of his own as he slid in to meet John’s excellent low cross.

Wanderers dominated possession as they tried to find a way through to break the deadlock.

But with frustration growing and tensions simmering Morecambe saw manager Derek Adams receive a booking before out of nothing grabbing the lead four minutes before half-time.

George Johnston’s attempted back-pass to James Trafford was too short and when Adam Phillips pinched the ball he was able to cross for Stockton to tap into an empty net and claim his 22nd goal of the season.

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Wanderers had lost some of their own composure and in a nervy start to the second half the sides traded chances with Aaron Morley curling a free-kick just past the post before Stockton fired a cross from the lively Dylan Connolly straight at Trafford.

Morecambe – whose penalty appeal for a foul by Santos mirrored Wanderers’ first-half shot for a pull on Bakayoko – attempted to run down the clock at every opportunity but openings were starting to come for Wanderers as Afolayan saw a deflected effort pushed past the post by Trevor Carson.

With 25 minutes to go, Evatt sent on Kieran Sadlier to try and add an extra cutting edge and followed it shortly afterwards with the introduction of Bodvarsson.

But with 10 Morecambe men behind the ball it was tough going to try and eke out any real chances.

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Wanderers forced a succession of corners without making one pay as the Shrimps closed in on a first away league win since November.

But one last push finally worked the oracle as a 13th and final corner was recycled with substitute Xav Amaechi pulling the ball back for Bodvarsson to show his predatory instincts by coolly slotting the ball home from eight yards to spark relief and celebrations in equal measure.

Wanderers: Trafford; Aimson, Santos, Johnston; Fossey, Williams (Sadlier 67), Morley, John; Afolayan (Amaechi,83); Bakayoko (Bodvarsson 72), Charles. Substitutes: Dixon, Thomason, Baptiste, Gordon.

Booked: None

Morecambe: Carson; McLoughlin, O’Connor, Bennett (Cooney 65), Bedeau, Gibson (Leigh HT); Diagouraga, Phillips, Wildig (Fane 13), Connolly; Stockton. Substitutes: Smith, Obika, Ayunga, McCalmont.

Booked: Gibson, Connolly, Bedeau, Stockton.

Referee: Chris Sarginson

Attendance: 14,559 (Morecambe 885)

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Ticket News

Morecambe Tickets Back On Sale

14 February 2022

Tickets for Wanderers’ Sky Bet League One home fixture against Morecambe on Tuesday 8th March are now back on sale to Official Club Members.

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

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

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

Adults: from £25.00

Over 65s & under 23s: from £20.00

Under 18s: £15.00

Under 12s: £8.00.

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

This fixture has been rescheduled from the original date of 26th December 2021. Tickets purchased for the original fixture will be valid for this new date.

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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