🗞️ Preview: Bolton Wanderers vs. Barrow

Wanderers will be looking to continue their winning streak when they host Barrow for the very first time at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday (Kick Off 3pm).

Pre-Match Quotes: 

Ian Evatt: “It is a special game because of what I achieved there last year and what we achieved as a group. It helped me to get this opportunity here, and Saturday aside I wish them all the best. I want them to do well.

“The players understand that this is just another game of football and another chance to get three points. It’s an opportunity to keep progressing up the table.

“The players are full of confidence and spirits are high but we're not complacent, we’re hungry. We’re working hard to make sure this run continues.

“If you look at Southend’s recent results and how well they have done then you can’t take our result there for granted. You have to find a way to win games in different ways.

“We want to win the game. We want to start fast and take the game to them. It’s a cliché but we want to win the game first and foremost and then after Saturday wish them the best in getting the points they require.”

Rob Kelly: “We’re only going to get out of the trouble if we pull in the same direction.

“If we’d had the supporters in the stadium of late it would have been a massive help, but the club tell me we have a good following [on iFollow] and social media.

“The club is very much a symbol of the town, so we have a responsibility to those people.

“It’s not about me, it’s got to be about all of us, and if we can do our best and genuinely put a working shift in, and people can see that, I think they will take it.

“That’s all I ask, that’s all we ask of each other. To be giving it a right good go.” 


How to Watch:

Wanderers’ supporters can watch the game against Barrow 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:

Harry Brockbank could come back into contention for a place in the squad after returning to fitness after being sidelined for a fortnight with a groin injury.

The Bolton-born defender has impressed on the training ground and may force his way into Ian Evatt’s plans.

Kieran Lee will be back in the squad after being rested in midweek.

Meanwhile, former Wanderers midfielder Chris Taylor may return for Barrow after suffering a knock in the Bluebirds’ defeat at home to Cambridge earlier in the month.



Bookies Odds:

Bolton Wanderers win: 5/6

Draw: 12/5

Barrow win: 16/5

Correct as of 26/02/2021 (11:30am) on skybet.com



Wanderers currently sit atop the Sky Bet League Two form table having won five of their last six games.

Victories against Stevenage, Mansfield Town, Southend United, and Scunthorpe United leave them searching for a fifth straight win.

Barrow, who recently sacked manager Michael Jolley, earned a last-minute victory against Oldham Athletic last time out – a result that halted a four-game losing streak.



Last time out:

Wanderers and Barrow locked horns for the very first time in league football in October when they shared the spoils in an entertaining 3-3 draw.

The Bluebirds flew into an early 2-0 lead before former loanee Peter Kioso reduced the arrears.

The hosts extended their lead once again before Eoin Doyle put Wanderers back into the game before the break with a superb header.

Just as the game appeared to be heading to a defeat for Wanderers, Captain Antoni Sarcevic levelled matters with a volley deep into time added on to earn a dramatic point for Ian Evatt’s men.


Match Officials:

Referee: Robert Madley.

Assistant Referees: Matthew Parry and Declan Ford.  

Fourth Official: Ben Toner.

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