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PREVIEW: Wanderers v Plymouth Argyle

All the info as Wanderers prepare to face possible play-off rivals Plymouth

11 March 2022

It’s a big game in prospect as Wanderers take on play-off chasing Plymouth at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday (KO 3pm).

Argyle currently occupy League One’s final play-off berth – seven points ahead of 11th-placed Wanderers.

Ian Evatt’s men therefore have the chance to trim that advantage and keep themselves in the hunt for promotion in the final weeks of the season.

Wanderers will also be looking to avenge a 3-0 loss at Plymouth in October.

But the Whites look an entirely different proposition since their defeat at waterlogged Home Park – with a run of nine wins and two draws in their last 13 games maintaining their status as one of the form teams of League One.

Manager’s quotes

Ian Evatt: “We’re looking forward to Saturday, a different challenge and hopefully a team that will come here and try to win and have a go at us.

“And then it will be who can punch the hardest and hopefully we can punch harder than them.

“We have to make sure we’re the best version of ourselves and if we do that I believe we can win.”

Plymouth manager Steven Schumacher: “Bolton have picked up loads of points, they signed good players in January and are on a good run, so they will be confident too.

“It should be a really good game with a really good atmosphere.

“The league is so tight. Bolton are 11th at the moment but only seven points behind us, things can change so quickly if you can put a run together."

Team news

Wanderers will have versatile forward Elias Kachunga back in their squad for the first time since the start of January following his recovery from a thigh injury.

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Midfielder Kyle Dempsey misses out for the third game in a row with a groin injury but should be back for the trip to Crewe on Saturday-week.

Defender Gethin Jones is also still unavailable.

Plymouth are still expected to be without defenders Brendan Galloway and Dan Scarr, along with midfield men George Cooper and Alfie Lewis due to injury.


Tickets are still on sale to official club members at Bolton Central or online HERE

Form guide

Wanderers dropped points at home for the first time since early January when they drew 1-1 with Morecambe on Tuesday night.

But Jon Dadi Bodvarsson’s late leveller extended the Whites’ unbeaten run at the University of Bolton Stadium to seven games.

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Sixth-placed Plymouth have won successive home games following back-to-back defeats to end February.

The Pilgrims have won nine, drawn two and lost six of their games since Steven Schumacher replaced Ryan Lowe as manager in early December.

Last meeting

Plymouth Argyle 3-0 Wanderers | Tuesday 19 October, 2021

A rain-lashed night in Devon was a tough one to take for Wanderers as they suffered a third successive defeat.

Early goals from Brendan Galloway and Conor Grant put the Pilgrims in charge.

Wanderers had chances to get back into the contest with the wind and rain behind them in the second half.

But Plymouth held out and with the Home Park pitch almost under water grabbed a late third through Ryan Broom to extend their unbeaten run to 13 games and stay top of League One.

Line-up: Dixon; Brockbank, Baptiste, Johnston, Gordon; Williams; Isgrove (Kachunga 66), Sheehan, Lee (Sarcevic 62), Afolayan; Bakayoko (Doyle 66). Substitutes: Gilks, Delfouneso, Aimson, Thomason.

Match officials

Referee: Robert Lewis

Assistant referees: Graeme Fyvie and David Hunt

Fourth official: Steven Rushton


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Match Reports

REPORT: Wanderers 0 Plymouth Argyle 1

Wanderers pay the price for missed chances as first home defeat in eight games widens play-off

12 March 2022

Wanderers’ long unbeaten home run came to an agonising end as their attempted fightback came up short.

Trailing to a headed goal from Macauley Gillesphey just before the break, the Whites did everything but score in a final half hour in which they threw everything at an Argyle side fighting to stay in the top six.

But with Plymouth goalkeeper Michael Cooper proving unbeatable, the visitors held out to secure a huge win for their promotion prospects and leave Wanderers 10 points adrift of the play-off places with just eight games to go.

Cooper somehow kept out point-blank efforts from Dion Charles and the returning Elias Kachunga as Ian Evatt’s men gave everything to try and keep their challenge alive.

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But nothing went their way in the penalty area – before or after half-time – and as Cooper proved a magnet for the ball Wanderers were unable to find a way through to avoid a first home defeat since mid-January.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson earned a start for Wanderers following his mid-week equaliser against Morecambe which had extended the Whites’ unbeaten home run to seven games.

And the Icelander was involved in many of Wanderers’ best moments of a cagey first half in which it felt vital to strike the first blow.

Twice he led breakaways which ended with shooting opportunities for Dapo Afolayan and Charles.

But neither managed a clean strike on target and when Bodvarsson went close himself with a header from an Aaron Morley corner, Plymouth counter-attacked to create their first real chance.

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Ryan Hardie got away down the right-hand side and from his fine low cross, Niall Ennis just failed to get enough of a touch to beat James Trafford.

Trafford then saved from Hardie after Argyle’s leading scorer had run onto a free-kick from James Wilson and it took a timely block from Wanderers’ skipper Ricardo Almeida Santos to snuff out another opening for Hardie.

The visitors’ pressure was beginning to grow, though, and two minutes before the break they grabbed the lead when a corner delivered beyond the far post was headed home by Gillesphey.

That goal left Wanderers needing a big second 45 minutes and in a passive start they were nearly punished when Ennis was allowed to wriggle free and pick out Joe Edwards for a shot blocked on the line by Santos.

It needed a spark of inspiration from somewhere and Afolayan looked to provide when he played a one-two with Bodvarsson before forcing Cooper into a scrambling save to set the tone for the final 30 minutes.

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Afolayan then moved out wide as Evatt changed formation and personnel with Kieran Sadlier given time from the bench to make his mark.

The substitute brought a fresh energy and within minutes of Sadlier’s arrival Wanderers were almost level when MJ Williams found space to deliver the ball into the near post where Charles connected with a header which Cooper somehow kept out at point-blank range.

Wanderers were beginning to stretch the Argyle defence again as an equaliser looked increasingly likely and Evatt played his final card with a double change with some 20 minutes to go as Amadou Bakayoko and the fit-again Kachunga came on.

Kachunga hadn’t featured since the turn of the year but with his first touch he – and the whole of the stadium – thought he had made it 1-1.

Afolayan’s lovely cross found Kachunga at the far post and Cooper knew nothing about the downward header which struck his leg and the post and somehow bounced to safety.

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Bakayoko then had a chance from a Sadlier cross he clipped at Cooper as Wanderers tried to overcome a succession of stoppages to keep the momentum going.

Marlon Fossey was among those to go down injured and with a couple of minutes of regulation time left he finally had to succumb to leave Wanderers to try and rescue something with 10 men for the seven minutes of added time.

Those were extended as Plymouth continued tried to eat up time and almost doubled their lead as Hardie was denied by Trafford.

And with Wanderers unable to conjur up a late leveller for the second game in a row, they were left to rue more missed chances which have proved costly in a return of four points from the last four games at a critical time.

Wanderers: Trafford; Aimson, Santos, Johnston (Sadlier 58); Fossey, Williams, Morley, John; Afolayan; Charles (Kachunga 72), Bodvarsson (Bakayoko, 72). Substitutes: Dixon, Amaechi, Thomason, Baptiste.


Plymouth: Cooper; Wilson, Bolton, Gillesphey; Edwards, Broom (Camara, 69), Houghton, Mayor, Grant (Sessegnon 81); Ennis (Jephcott, 81), Hardie. Substitutes: Burton, Garrick, Randell, Chrichlow.


Referee: Robert Lewis

Attendance: 16,078 (Plymouth 1,356)

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Ticket News

Tickets On Sale For Plymouth Fixture

21 February 2022

Tickets for Wanderers’ Sky Bet League One home fixture against Plymouth Argyle on Saturday 12th March are now 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 C in the club’s match day pricing structure.

Tickets for this fixture (KO 3pm) are priced:

Adults: from £21.00

Over 65s & under 23s: from £16.00

Under 18s: £10.00

Under 12s: £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.

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