Bolton Wanderers will welcome back midfielder Andrew Tutte and defender Peter Kioso as they look to bounce back to winning ways with a Boxing Day trip to Carlisle United (Kick off 3pm).
Ian Evatt: “Carlisle have played nine at home, won eight and lost one. The team they lost against was Cheltenham and they are very similar, they are direct, stick it on you, physical, so that would have been a joy for spectators that one.
“It will be tough, so we are going to have to roll up our sleeves, dig and fight, have the same desire as we did at Cheltenham.
“Andrew Tutte us back and available as it Peter Kioso, which is positive news for us on the injury front.
“We’ve changed this week around because of Christmas day. I believe the players should spend Christmas Day with their families but they’ll be reporting to the hotel to get some good rest.
“We’ve had to massively restart and refresh everything. If we sit and reflect we could get very sorry for ourselves but my vision of what we can achieve at this football club hasn’t changed.
“How we train day to day defines us. The work should be done in the week and it should come naturally on a Saturday.
“We’ve shown this season that when we get it right. We’re a very, very good team. We’ve given opposition far too many goals and teams haven’t had to work hard for them.”
Chris Beech: “They’re a big club, aren’t they, and they’ll be hurting about being at this level.
“They’ll be hurting after the Tranmere result and I have no doubt they’ll be looking to bounce back. We know all about the quality they have in their squad and how potent that can be if they click.
“Our job is to concentrate on us and on what we do and, if we play the way we’ve seen, we’ll be causing them problems as we keep them as quiet as we possibly can.
“It’s a massive game, and I would imagine one or two Bolton fans are trying to get in the stadium.”
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Andrew Tutte and Peter Kioso are both back in the squad for this Boxing Day encounter.
Both have spent a spell on the sidelines nursing a thigh and shoulder injury respectively but are now fit enough to come into manager Ian Evatt’s thinking for the trip up North.
Bolton Wanderers win: 19/5
Carlisle United: 4/6
Correct as of 24/12/2020 (9am) on skybet.com
Wanderers will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat to Tranmere Rovers at the University of Bolton Stadium and build on their positive away form.
Carlisle lost at Forest Green Rovers last time out but won their four previous Sky Bet League Two games and are currently third in the division.
Last time out:
The last time Wanderers played Carlisle United at Brunton Park came in March 1988 in a fourth tier fixture.
Phil Neal’s men came back to Bolton with a 2-0 victory to their credit.