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🗞️ Preview: Stockport County vs. Bolton Wanderers

17 November 2021

Wanderers make the short trip across Greater Manchester to take on Stockport County at Edgeley Park in an Emirates F.A. Cup First Round Replay this this evening.

Ian Evatt’s men are coming off the back of a fantastic 2-0 victory in Sky Bet League One last Friday against Crewe Alexandra, with goals coming from Josh Sheehan and Amadou Bakayoko.

On the other hand, Stockport were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Bromley in the National League this weekend just gone, as a Liam Hogan own goal in the 90th minute stopped the Hatters taking all three points.

Pre-match quotes: From the bosses

Ian Evatt: “We feel we should have won the first game. We didn’t. We thought that was our fault, more than anything else, with the mistakes we made. We have a chance to put it right on Wednesday night,”

“It’s a really challenging game so we have to make sure we’re at the top of our game. Fratton Park is an excellent place to go and play. I played there and the atmosphere is always top class. The lads will enjoy it but we need to focus on ourselves and make sure we perform to our levels and standards.”

“We were disappointed not to get the job done in the home game but we’ve got another chance, another crack at it.

“We go there having re-built some confidence and some momentum and we’re looking forward to it.

“I think we’ve lost one in five, which is good to stop the rot, and got an important three points in the league on Friday to build momentum into Wednesday and the league fixture at Wycombe on Saturday.

“We’re respectful of Stockport, the players they’ve got and what they’re doing as a football club but we have a firm belief in ourselves that if we perform to our levels and standards we think we should win the game.

“Cup runs are always good things for a number of reasons. Momentum and winning fixtures is never a bad thing and also the finances.

“Finances could play a huge part in helping us become sustainable and that’s what we want.

“There’s lots to play for, so hopefully we’ll go there and get the job done.”

“This is a one-off game so it’s hard to compare it to the league fixtures. They will be up for it, there’s no doubt about that.”

“We saw the Stockport fans came here and made it a great atmosphere and we’re hoping our fans can go there and do the same and we give them something to cheer and sing about.

“The fact it’s on national television is a great platform for the players to go and enjoy it, embrace it and show everybody what they can do.

“Cup ties are always exciting and I feel this one is going to be exciting and hopefully we’ll go there and give a good account of ourselves.

“They will be trying to get an upset. We are a big club at this stage of the competition but we are hopeful we can go there and perform to our capabilities and get the result we need to get through to the next round.

“We need to go there and be very professional and get the job done.”

Dave Challinor:

“It’s going to be around intensity – we’re going to be on the front foot, we’re going to back our ability and say, ‘come and take us on’.

“We will hopefully keep (the fans) happy on Wednesday because we’re going to try to win football matches and affect them positively.

“That’s something we tried to get across after we scored the first goal (against Bromley). We want to get another goal and steamroll teams, not be safe and try to see games out.

“That’s the biggest thing, I think the players understand now what I want from them. They will be challenged technically and tactically, they’ll be asked to do things they haven’t done previously.

“They will be asked to work at a much higher intensity. We have to get to a point where we can continue that for 90 minutes or we can control a game.” 

Team News:

Eoin Doyle will face a late fitness test for this evening’s cup clash, as he returns from a slight calf problem.

Xavier Amaechi got more minutes under his belt in the Gethin Jones Match for MND, after returning from a foot injury, and could be in line to feature tonight.

Tickets and Travel

No pay on the day is available for tonight’s fixture at Edgeley Park.

Supporters’ should be aware that there will be no pubs near the stadium which will allow entry to away supporters. Any supporters who want to drink before the fixture will need to do so in the town centre instead.

Last Time Out Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Stockport County | Sunday 7 November 2021

Ian Evatt’s men recovered from gifting County an opening goal to lead with a quick-fire double from Eoin Doyle, who made it two in two games when he finished off a stunning move, and Elias Kachunga’s first goal for the club.

Wanderers dominated for long spells but let Stockport back into the contest with an equaliser just before the break.

And with neither side able to find a winner in the second half – Doyle going closest to deciding the verdict – they must try again at Edgeley Park this evening.

Line-Up: Dixon, John (Gordon 46), Williams, Almeida Santos (C), Doyle, Afolayan, Lee, Isgrove, Kachunga (Bakayoko 76), Thomason (Delfouneso 69), Baptiste.

Unused Subs: Gilks, Johnston, Aimson, Edwards, Henry, Pettifer.

Referee: Tom Nield

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Match Reports

REPORT: Stockport County 5 Wanderers 3 (AET)

Wasteful Wanderers let leads slip to crash out of Cup

17 November 2021

Wanderers suffered a painful FA Cup exit as a two-goal lead twice inside the opening half an hour wasn’t enough to kill off National League County.

Stockport gifted Wanderers two of their goals after a deflected Elias Kachunga strike inside the first two minutes had given Ian Evatt’s men a dream start to their first-round replay.

County defender Ash Palmer then scored an own-goal and even after Paddy Madden had briefly halved the deficit from the penalty spot, Wanderers were handed a third goal for Amadou Bakayoko by another defensive mistake from the non-leaguers.

But Wanderers weren’t good enough on the night to capitalise as County hit back just before the break and then after pushing almost constantly for an equaliser finally got it in the 85th minute through Palmer.

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There looked only one winner at that stage and so it proved as the Hatters clinched a notable victory five minutes into extra time with a second goal from the impressive Scott Quigley to book a second-round trip to Rotherham and send Wanderers crashing out.

MJ Williams was a rare absentee from the Wanderers’ line-up through illness, with Eoin Doyle also not risked with the calf strain that has kept him out since the first meeting between the sides.

And their experience, composure and leadership was missed in a helter-skelter tie that burst into life with barely 60 seconds gone.

Kachunga scored his first Wanderers’ goal in the 2-2 draw 10 days earlier and was on target again thanks to a lung-bursting run from his own half which ended with a shot deflected past County keeper Ethan Ross.

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And Wanderers then quickly doubled their lead in the perfect start for Evatt’s men.

Again County were forced onto the back foot and when Josh Sheehan crossed low into the box, Palmer sliced the ball into his own net.

That threatened to make it a long night for the hosts - whose main focus is to try and win promotion back to the Football League - but they responded impressively in an effort to stay in the contest.

Former Wanderers’ skipper Antoni Sarcevic almost pulled a goal back with an effort well saved by Joel Dixon and with 24 minutes gone the hosts did make it 2-1 via the penalty spot.

Lloyd Isgrove tripped Ryan Rydel just inside the box and Madden kept his cool to slot home the spot-kick.

The momentum might have been with County at that stage but instead they gifted Wanderers another goal when Bakayoko’s pace again worried the Hatters’ back line into a fatal error as Mark Kitching headed the ball past Ross for Bakayoko to sprint in and claim the final touch.

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That should have made life easier for Wanderers but again they allowed County a route back into the game just before the end of a breathless first half as Quigley followed up his goal in the first encounter by steering a fine header inside the far post.

Sheehan’s unfortunate withdrawal through injury then prompted a change in personnel and formation by Evatt as Will Aimson became one of three central defenders with more advanced roles for Isgrove and Declan John.

But the move didn’t immediately stem the tide as Wanderers failed to hold onto the ball long enough to gain any measure of control at the start of the second half.

Quigley remained a threat as he fired over from the edge of the box but it looked as though the Whites were beginning draw the sting of the home side as the game entered its final quarter.

It still needed some last-ditch defending to keep County out, though, and with just five minutes to go the Whites cracked again as Palmer gained salvation for his earlier own-goal by powering home a header from a corner.

There was still time for Kachunga to be booked for diving after he had been pulled back outside the box before he volleyed just over the top as Wanderers looked to repair the damage before going into extra time.

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The respite didn’t last long, though, as five minutes into the extra half-hour County went ahead for the first time on the night.

Again Quigley gave the Whites’ back line the slip and after turning onto Madden’s ball into the penalty area lifted a shot beyond former Barrow team-mate Dixon.

Wanderers tried to respond with an Isgrove cross flashing across the face of goal at the start of the second period of extra time.

But the Whites’ opportunity had gone and with virtually the last kick of the game, Olly Crankshaw broke clear to slot home a fifth goal which prompted a pitch invasion and a sour end to a bleak night.

Wanderers: Dixon; Isgrove, Santos, Johnston, John (Gordon 100); Thomason; Kachunga, Sheehan (Aimson 45), Lee, Afolayan (Amaechi 77); Bakayoko (Delfouneso 73). Substitutes: Gilks, Baptiste, Gordon, Tweedley, Henry, Pettifer.

Booked: Sheehan, Isgrove, Kachunga, Amaechi

Stockport County: Ross; Southam-Hales (Barclay 103), Keane (Minihan 90), Palmer, Kitching; Collar (Raikhy, 68), Croasdale, Sarcevic (Crankshaw 75), Rydel; Quigley (Reid 106), Madden. Substitutes: Hinchcliffe, Hogan, Jennings, Pye.

Booked: Madden, Palmer

Referee: Samuel Barrott


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Ticket News

Ticket And Travel Info For Stockport Replay

11 November 2021

Ticket information for the Wanderers’ Emirates FA Cup Round One replay, away to Stockport County has been confirmed.

Bolton Wanderers have received an allocation of 1,900 tickets for the trip to Edgeley Park on Wednesday 17th November at 7:45pm.

Within this allocation, Stockport County have issued 668 tickets in their ‘Together Stand’. This is Stockport’s designated Family Stand. This area will not be available online. Supporters must contact the Ticket Office on 01204 328 888 to buy tickets in this area.

On Sale Dates

Season Ticket Holders – Thursday 11th November, 3pm (one per season ticket holder).

Official Club Members – Friday 12th November, 10am (one per club member).

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 - £10.00

Over 65s - £5.00

Under 18s - £5.00

Official coach travel is also available, costing £12.00 person. All coaches depart from University Of Bolton Stadium at 5:45pm.

How To Buy

Online –

Phone – 01204 328 888

*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 3.30pm on Friday 12 November will need to collect their tickets from Bolton Central.

Tickets for this fixture will remain on sale until 3pm on the day of the game 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 the day of the game.

Supporters who require ambulant disability seating will need to contact the BWFC Ticket Office by calling 01204 328 888.

Any supporter who requires wheelchair access will need to contact Stockport County Football Club directly on 0161 266 2700.

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