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🗞️ Preview: Grimsby Town vs. Bolton Wanderers

16 April 2021

Bolton Wanderers will make the trip to Blundell Park to take on Grimsby Town in confident mood after ending Salford City’s unbeaten home record in midweek.

Lloyd Isgrove’s first-half strike gave Ian Evatt’s men a deserved three points which fortified their position in the automatic places.

The Mariners will be attempting to stave off relegation and will provide another tough challenge for the Whites, but a victory for the visitors could see them climb out of third spot depending on results elsewhere.

Pre-match quotes:

Ian Evatt: “For me, this will be the most difficult game in the run-in, for a number of reasons, because of the game on Tuesday and the physicality of that game and the emotion in that game and to come away from that with a great victory and such a good performance, that mental switch on of playing the bottom of the league team can affect the players’ mindset.

“I don’t feel that with my players though, I must say. I don’t think they’re in that frame of mind, but it could be the case. Grimsby, as much as they’re bottom of the league, before Saturday where they only lost by the odd goal and had 10 men for over 45 minutes, were seven or eight unbeaten. This isn't a given and it isn’t a gimme. Cheltenham have been there in recent history and only drew and were behind.

“They don’t concede many goals, they’re physical, it’s demanding, they’re very direct with long throws and set pieces, what we’ve seen of late from other teams. We’re going to have to make sure we match all of that and then bring our A-game.”

 

How to Watch:

Wanderers’ supporters can watch the game against Grimsby Town by purchasing an iFollow BWFC video match pass for just £10 - you don’t have to miss a kick.

An iFollow BWFC video match pass will ensure supporters do not miss a minute of the action, with the entire match streamed through any compatible laptop, computer, tablet, or mobile device in the United Kingdom.

 

Team News:

Wanderers head to Grimsby Town with no new fitness concerns as they look to extended their winning run to a third successive game in their pursuit of automatic promotion.

Captain Antoni Sarcevic continues to make good progress on the hamstring injury he sustained against Port Vale.

 

Form:

Wanderers' win at the Peninsula Stadium in midweek saw them build up a four-point gap over fourth-placed Morecambe at the top of Sky Bet League Two.

Following on from the victory against Harrogate Town last weekend, Wanderers have only lost one game in their last 17 encounters and have maintained the momentum that has turned their season on its head since the end of January.

The Mariners' defeat to Bradford City last time out ended an eight-game unbeaten streak. During that sequence, they won one game – against Barrow – and drew the remainder.

Rooted at the foot of the table they are battling for their lives and will be a tough nut to crack.

 

Last Time Out

Honours were even at the University of Bolton Stadium back in October as Wanderers picked up their first clean sheet of the campaign.

The hosts dominated the encounter but were unable to prise open a stubborn Grimsby backline with the game finishing goalless.

 

Match Officials:

Referee: Carl Brook 

Assistants: Anthony Da Costa and Stephen Wade

Fourth Official: Charles Breakspear


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