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🗞️ Preview: Portsmouth vs. Bolton Wanderers

29 October 2021

Wanderers make another long trip to the South Coast to take on Portsmouth at Fratton Park in Sky Bet League One this weekend.

Ian Evatt’s men responded excellently to going two goals down at home to Gillingham last weekend to earn a point thanks to late goals from Dapo Afolayan and Kieran Lee. A point on the board a platform to build on following three consecutive defeats at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday, Wigan Athletic, and Plymouth Argyle.

Pompey come into this game following a 2-2 draw at Accrington Stanley. Similar to Wanderers, the point came off the back of three defeats in a row; Danny Cowley’s side beaten by Sutton United in the EFL Trophy, and Rotherham United, and Ipswich Town in Sky Bet League One.


Pre-match quotes: From the bosses

Ian Evatt: “We felt good at the end of last week and we have to build on that positive feeling. The group has been really good this week. It’s been good in training and we’ve had a day out together as well, so we’re looking forward to the game on Saturday.

“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.”


Danny Cowley: “It’s good that we’re back at Fratton Park and have the chance to put right some wrongs. We can’t do anything about what’s already happened, but we can certainly affect what happens from now.

“We know it won’t be easy and we’ll need everyone. The Pompey supporters are intelligent enough to know they’ve got an important role. There is a run of four – potentially five – back-to-back home games, so this could be a turning point in our season.”


Team News:

Amadou Bakayoko will miss out on Saturday’s trip to Portsmouth with an ankle injury sustained in last weekend’s draw with Gillingham. Ian Evatt, though, is hopeful to have the forward back for next weekend’s Emirates FA Cup tie against Stockport County.

Eoin Doyle is a doubt for the fixture after suffering from illness this week, whilst George Johnston has recovered from a knock to be available for selection at Fratton Park.


Tickets and Travel

Tickets for tomorrow’s Sky Bet League One fixture at Portsmouth are no longer on sale, with no pay on the day available at Fratton Park. Over 1,000 tickets for the away end have been sold, so another impressive travelling following will be on show!

In Travel news, the M27 eastbound is closed between junctions 9 & 11, although there is a diversion through Fareham. 

Wanderers fans looking for a pub to go to before the match are encouraged by Greater Manchester Police to attend The Good Companion, Velder Avenue. This pub is just a five-minute walk from the ground.


Last Time Out

Portsmouth 1-0 Bolton Wanderers | Saturday 28 September 2019


Having lost his first game in charge at Rotherham United 6-1, Keith Hill guided his side to back-to-back home draws against Oxford United and Sunderland. But, despite an encouraging display at Fratton Park, Wanderers’ woes on the road continued with a narrow defeat at the hands of Portsmouth.

Bolton started the game on the front foot, but an opportunity was presented to Pompey in the second half with Jack Hobbs fouling Brett Pitman inside the box. Pitman himself took the spot-kick but his effort cannoned off the post.

The experienced forward did ultimately find the winning goal; latching onto James Bolton’s cross from the right-hand side, he rose above Josh Emmanuel to loop a header past a despairing Remi Matthews and into the bottom corner.


Line-Up: Matthews, Emmanuel (L. Murphy 67), Zouma, Hobbs, Chicksen, Lowe, Bridcutt, Crawford, Verlinden (Politic 61), Buckley, D. Murphy.

Unused Subs: Alexander, Boon, Senior, Graham, Weir.


Match Officials:

Referee: Craig Hicks

Assistants: Justin Amey and Paul Yates

Fourth Official: Sam Allison

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Match Reports

REPORT: Portsmouth 1 Wanderers 0

Frustrating afternoon at Fratton Park as single goal costs Whites

30 October 2021

Wanderers ended a testing month with another narrow defeat as one goal at Fratton Park was enough to give Portsmouth a much-needed win of their own.

Ian Evatt’s men kicked off October with victory over Shrewsbury which kept them in and around the early League One pace-setters.

But since then it’s been tough going with a dip in form and confidence – coupled with injuries and some major miles on the clock – bringing a run of four defeats in five league games.

The latest long trip took Wanderers to the south coast and up until half-time it looked as though the Whites would snap that sequence and back up last weekend’s fighting draw against Gillingham.

But Evatt’s men couldn’t build on their promising start with a goal.

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And after handing Pompey a winner early in the second half, Wanderers’ limited attacking options were exposed to leave them looking for a fresh start in November and some impetus from the back-to-back cup ties coming up.

Evatt had made two changes to his starting line-up as central defender Will Aimson, who started his career just up the road from Portsmouth at non-league outfit Eastleigh, made his first league start for Wanderers.

Nathan Delfouneso also earned a first league start of the campaign on the right-hand side of midfield as Dapo Afolayan took up a more central position.

And Wanderers achieved their first objective of the afternoon by negotiating the opening exchanges without going behind.

Conceding early has been a tough habit to shake for Evatt’s men but they stood firm here with Pompey not allowed a shot on target until the 27th-minute when Ronan Curtis’ effort was easily dealt with by Joel Dixon.

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And having gained a foothold, Wanderers gradually wound it up to go closest to securing a first-half lead.

Afolayan nearly added another superb goal to his collection with just over half an hour gone as the Whites patiently worked an opening for their top scorer to cut in – this time from the left – and let fly with an effort Gavin Bazunu touched onto the bar at full stretch.

Wanderers were beginning to stretch the home side and when another decent move allowed Delfouneso to deliver a dangerous low cross, it needed a fine piece of defending from Mahlon Romeo to prevent Eoin Doyle from sniffing out a chance as he came in at the far post.

The threat was coming from the Whites as Lloyd Isgrove and Declan John got forward to willingly offer support from the flanks.

And a minute before the break, John went close to his first goal of the season as the left-back again burst into the box to fire an angled drive against the outside of a post.

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Pompey had won just once in the league since mid-August – a 4-0 win over Sunderland at the start of the month.

John Marquis had netted twice in that win and six minutes into the second half the striker was on target again to relax Wanderers’ grip on the contest.

Trying to win back possession from a Pompey throw-in, Wanderers instead allowed Curtis to slip beyond Isgrove and cross for Marquis to flick the ball goalwards and in off the underside of the bar.

Dixon got a hand to the ball but failed to prevent it crossing the line and suddenly the keeper was a central figure as he then had to make an excellent save with his legs to deny Marquis a second as Wanderers wobbled.

Evatt sent on Josh Sheehan to try and regain a measure of control as Afolayan went wide again.

But Wanderers – missing the injured Amadou Bakayoko – were short of attacking reinforcements off the bench to try and reverse the flow.

And even though the visitors cranked it up in the closing stages in an effort to force an equaliser clear-cut openings remained elusive.

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Substitute Harry Brockbank did his best to spark things off with a couple of decent runs and deliveries from right-back.

And it was from his cross with five minutes to go that former Pompey loanee Doyle saw his decent headed effort thud against the bar in front of more than 1,000 travelling fans who saw the last chance of a point disappear.

Bolton: Dixon; Isgrove (Brockbank 72), Santos, Aimson (Johnston 72), John; Williams; Delfouneso (Sheehan 56), Afolayan, Lee, Kachunga; Doyle. Substitutes: Gilks, Thomason, Baptiste, Gordon.

Booked: None

Portsmouth: Bazunu; Romeo, Raggett, Ogilvie, Brown; Tunnicliffe (Thompson 42), Williams (Azeez 78); Harness, Hackett, Curtis; Marquis (Hirst 90). Substitutes: Bass, Freeman, Morrell, Thompson, Jacobs.

Booked: None

Attendance: 16,231 (Bolton 1,087)

Referee: Craig Hicks

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Ticket News

🎟️ No Pay on the Day at Portsmouth

28 October 2021

Wanderers supporters will NOT be able to purchase tickets on the day at Fratton Park, ahead of our Sky Bet League One clash with Portsmouth.

Advanced sales from Bolton Wanderers are still available via the phone lines, for collection from Bolton Central, until 3pm on Friday 29 October. After this time, no sales or refunds can be processed.

Ticket Prices
Adults: £24.00
Over 65s: £18.00
Under 23s: £16.00
Under 18s: £7.00

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