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Match Previews

🗞️ Preview: Sunderland vs. Bolton Wanderers

24 September 2021

Wanderers make a trip to the North East on Saturday to take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in Sky Bet League One. Ian Evatt’s men will be looking for a positive result in a bid to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat to Rotherham United.

Sunderland currently sit second in the league table, behind leaders Wigan Athletic on goal difference. The Black Cats actually registered a victory against the Latics at the DW Stadium during the week, coming out on top 2-0 in a Carabao Cup tie.

Lee Johnson’s men are four league matches unbeaten following their defeat at Burton Albion just over a month ago.


Pre-match quotes: From the bosses


Lee Johnson: “They are a really good side, I like them. Possession-wise they are right up there. I watched them against Burton and they have some serious threats. With promotion last year, they have a good, young talented manager. I think it will be an entertaining match.”

Ian Evatt: “We know it’s a difficult place to go. It’s a very big club with a great fan base but we are exactly the same as that. We don’t go anywhere to draw and we will give it our best shot. We’ll go there and play our way with our identity and try and implement our game plan on them. And if we do that to the best of our ability we have a good chance of getting the right result.”


Team News:

In his pre-match press conference, manager Ian Evatt brought some positive news. Declan John and Harry Brockbank are both now available once again for selection following their respective illness and injury.

Amadou Bakayoko is progressing well in his aim for a return to action and is now back on the grass running again. Xavier Amaechi is stepping up his rehabilitation and is making good progress, whilst Evatt expects Andrew Tutte to be on the sidelines for a lengthy spell following a hamstring injury picked up in a recent reserves fixture against Accrington Stanley.


Tickets and Travel

Tickets for this fixture are now unavailable to purchase from the Bolton Central Ticket Office, and there is, unfortunately, NO Pay on the Day option at the Stadium of Light tomorrow.

Official coach travel is also available, costing £22.00 per person. All coaches depart from the University Of Bolton Stadium at 10:30am.

Wanderers supporters can access a stadium guide by clicking HERE.


Last Time Out


Remi Matthews was the star of the show for Wanderers to keep Phil Parkinson’s expectant Sunderland side at bay at the Stadium of Light on numerous occasions.

Although Wanderers would’ve been happy to earn a point in the North East, Keith Hill’s men had chances of their own through Ronan Darcy and Daryl Murphy. Had composure been a little better in the final third, Wanderers could have upset the odds to defeat promotion hopefuls, Sunderland.

Sunderland 0-0 Bolton Wanderers | Thursday 26 December 2019

Line-Up: Matthews, Emmanuel, Wright, Earl, Lowe, L. Murphy, Bridcutt, Darcy (Chicksen 88), Verlinden (O’Grady 65), Dodoo, D. Murphy.

Unused Subs: Alexander, Zouma, Senior, Graham, Politic.  


Match Officials:

Referee: Sam Purkiss

Assistants: Richard Wigglesworth and Wayne Grunnill

Fourth Official: Ivan Stankovic


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Match Reports

REPORT: Sunderland 1 Wanderers 0

Free-flowing Wanderers light up Wearside but denied deserved point

25 September 2021

Promotion favourites Sunderland kept their 100 per cent home record intact – but only just after being pushed all the way by Wanderers.

After falling behind to an early Carl Winchester goal, Ian Evatt’s men did exactly what their manager predicted by going toe-to-toe against the joint League One leaders.

Wanderers had chances to level throughout, although it was a completely dominant second-half performance which brought the visitors their best opportunities of earning the point which was the least a top-notch performance deserved.

Eoin Doyle was closest to a leveller as he kept knocking on the Black Cats’ door.

To his frustration the goal wouldn’t come as Sunderland hung on – to the relief of the majority in a 32,000 crowd.

But despite suffereing back-to-back defeats for the first time since December, Wanderers again did enough to show they can mix it with the best the division has to offer.

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Wanderers were unchanged from the side that had lost to Rotherham but their bid to become the first side to win at the Stadium of Light this season got off to a shaky start with an early injury to goalkeeper Joel Dixon.

Back at the club where he started his career, Dixon dug himself out of a spot of bother with a brave block to deny Alex Pritchard.

But his intervention came at a price with a blow to the face which required lengthy treatment and a change of kit.

And 15 minutes later the pain was of a different kind as Dixon was given no chance from Winchester’s close-range finish as the full-back got forward to convert a low cross from Dennis Cirkin.

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Wanderers had taken their time to settle but responded impressively to going behind as they played their way into the contest and were unlucky not to be level by the break.

Doyle was only inches away from steering a superb ball from Gethin Jones into the corner of the net at the end of an excellent move triggered from the back by Dixon.

And the hard-working striker again went close as Black Cats keeper Thorben Hoffman twice got lucky when he spilled a shot from Oladapo Afolayan into the path of Doyle but saw the rebound bounce kindly back into his body from close range.

Wanderers’ skipper Antoni Sarcevic also had half a chance following a well-worked corner as Bolton peppered the Wearsiders’ penalty area for a spell before having to ride out a period of Sunderland pressure – some of it self-inflicted – late in the opening half.

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The hosts maintained the moment after the break and within two minutes of the re-start should have doubled their lead but again Dixon thwarted Pritchard with a vital smothering block inside the six-yard box.

Wanderers were very much still in the contest, though, with opportunities to strike on the break.

With an hour gone there was a first change for the visitors as Elias Kachunga replaced Lloyd Isgrove who was injured in a clash of heads.

And moments later the Whites were nearly level. Liam Gordon did well to lead a counter-attack and from his lay-off Josh Sheehan delivered a cross which Doyle met with a header that brought a flying save out of Hoffman.

Wanderers were seeing nearly all of the ball and from another fine break triggered by Sarvevic, Afolayan sent a deflected effort just wide with Doyle also striving to get a touch.

And with Evatt’s men now virtually camped in the Sunderland half George Johnston was next to go close to a deserved leveller as the defender - who had been outstanding at the other end - met Afolayan’s superb cross with a far-post volley which went just the wrong side of the post.

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Wanderers did everything but score as Doyle was again twice thwarted as he battled away in the box and then nodded wide at the back post.

And even seven minutes of added time weren’t quite enough for the visitors to find a way through as their non-stop effort couldn’t bring them a fitting reward.

Bolton: Dixon; Jones, Santos, Johnston, Gordon (John 70); Williams; Isgrove (Kachunga 60), Sarcevic, Sheehan (Lee 85), Afolayan; Doyle. Substitutes: Gilks, Delfouneso, Thomason, Baptiste.

Booked: Doyle, Afolayan, Santos

Sunderland: Hoffman; Winchester, Flanagan, Doyle (Wright 89), Cirkin (Huggins 65); McGeady, O’Nien, Neil, Embleton (Evans 65); Pritchard (Dajaku 65), Stewart. Substitutes: Burge, Alves, Broadhead.

Booked: O’Nien

Attendance: 32,368

Referee: Sam Purkiss

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Ticket News

🎟️ Ticket information confirmed for Sunderland away fixture

3 September 2021

Ticket information for the Wanderers’ Sky Bet League One fixture, away to Sunderland, on Saturday 25 September 3:00pm, has been confirmed.

Bolton Wanderers have received an initial allocation of 2,000 tickets for the trip to the Stadium of Light.

Tickets will be available to season ticket holders, to purchase online or via the Ticket Office phone lines, from 10am on Monday 6 September (one per season ticket holder).

Tickets for this fixture will then go on open sale at 10am on Monday 13 September.

Any tickets ordered after 3.30pm on Wednesday 22 September will need to be collected from Bolton Central.

Supporters who require wheelchair and/or disability access seating will need to contact the BWFC Ticket Office by calling 01204 328 888.

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

Tickets for this fixture will remain on sale until 3pm on Friday 24 September, 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 24 September.


On Sale Dates

Season Ticket Holders – Monday 6 September, 10am (one per season ticket holder).

Open Sale – Monday 13 September, 10am.


Ticket Prices

Adults: £26.00

Over 65s: £23.00

Under 22s: £18.00

Under 16s: £12.00


Official coach travel is also available, costing £22.00 person. All coaches depart from University Of Bolton Stadium at 10:30am.


How To Buy

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Phone – 01204 328 888

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