Bolton Wanderers will be looking to put Saturday’s defeat behind them as they host Carlisle United at the University of Bolton Stadium.
With four games of the season remaining, Wanderers’ automatic promotion hopes are still in their own control and a maximum against United will go a long way in helping to secure their objectives.
Ian Evatt: “We have to prepare as if the best Carlisle United are turning up tomorrow night and make sure we’re better than them. If we play to the best of our ability then I’m sure we’ll win the game. We know they’re a threat from set-pieces and from the long-throw, but there are a lot of teams similar to that in this league.
“Saturday was obviously disappointing for a number of reasons. The result was poor and by our standards the performance was below par.
“We know we have to be more ruthless and clinical in front of goal. For too long we’ve been missing gilt-edged chances in games, even when we’ve been winning, and we need to make sure we take those chances.
“The lads have trained well and had a rocket this morning and a reminder of the standards that we’ve set for ourselves.”
Chris Beech: There’ll be some twists and turns in five games, even if Tuesday night doesn’t go well – but it might go really well, we don’t know.
“We’ll prepare for it to go really well and play against a good Bolton team, whose pitch is excellent.
“But you just don’t know. What I do know is the lads are hungry, they’re giving everything, you can see that commitment, and all we’re after, really, is being supported in that.”
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Wanderers entertain Carlisle United with no new fitness worries.
Captain Antoni Sarcevic returned to training with his teammates on Monday and is likely to be available for Wanderers’ trip to Morecambe at the weekend.
Saturday’s defeat at Blundell Park ended a two-game winning streak which had seen Wanderers beat Harrogate Town at home and end Salford City’s unbeaten home record at the Peninsula Stadium.
Despite this, Ian Evatt’s men remain in third spot and will be looking to build on their points tally against a Carlisle United team who are unbeaten in six matches and are two points off a play-off place.
Last Time Out
Wanderers recovered from going three goals down to earn a battling Boxing Day point at Brunton Park.
The hosts found themselves three goals to the good inside 38 minutes courtesy of strikes by Aaron Hayden, Lewis Alessandra, and Omari Patrick.
George Thomason’s first professional goal pulled a goal back for the visitors just before the break.
Late efforts from Nathan Delfouneso and Peter Kioso earned Evatt’s men a share of the spoils on a cold and blustery day.
Referee: Martin Coy
Assistants: Simon Clayton and David Hunt
Fourth Official: James Adcock