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PREVIEW: Wanderers v Lincoln City

All the details as Wanderers aim for extend winning home streak

22 February 2022

Wanderers make a rapid return to the University of Bolton Stadium as they look for a sixth successive home win.

The Whites kept the ball rolling by beating AFC Wimbledon and the weather last weekend with a 4-0 victory making it seven wins in nine games for Ian Evatt’s men.

Wanderers remain in 10th place in League One but trimmed the gap on the play-off places to seven points.

Another win tonight against Lincoln City may not be enough to move the Whites up the table but could see them breathing closer down the necks of the top six.

Lincoln are currently 17th in the table – five points clear of the drop zone.

Michael Appleton’s side has at least one game in hand on the teams in the bottom four and despite just one win in five games, have collected five away wins – more than any other side in the bottom half of the table.

PRE-MATCH QUOTES FROM THE BOSSES

Wanderers’ manager Ian Evatt: “It will be tough. We’ve learned our lesson about this league and how tough it can be.

“I know Michael very well. I played under him and he’s an excellent manager.

“I know his team will be well coached and they have had some really good away wins this season.

“They will be a dangerous team but I think we’re a dangerous team as well.”

Lincoln City manager Michael Appleton: “When you're in the form that Bolton are in and you win a game as emphatically as they did on Saturday, sometimes your energy levels are even better and that adrenaline comes really naturally.

“Clearly they're in a great place at the minute. The business they did in January was probably as good as anyone has done, and performances and results are proving that.

“They've brought four or five real top quality players in and managed to get them not just on loan, but to be able to get them as permanent signings which was a great coup for them.”

TEAM NEWS

Wanderers have no fresh injury concerns but manager Ian Evatt is planning changes as his side plays the seventh of their eight games in February.

Lincoln haven’t played for a week after their scheduled game at Fleetwood was snowed off last Saturday but have a couple of defensive injury doubts to contend with.

LAST TIME OUT

Lincoln City 0-1 Bolton Wanderers | Tuesday 17 August, 2022

Wanderers secured their first win back in League One with victory over last season’s beaten League One play-off finalists.

Ian Evatt’s men had drawn their opening two league games and extended their unbeaten start with a polished performance at the LNER Stadium.

Wanderers lost summer signing Amadou Bakayoko to injury in the first half.

But they made the breakthrough with 13 minutes to go when skipper Antoni Sarcevic drove the ball home to hand the Red Imps their first league defeat of the campaign.

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Sam Allison

Assistant referees: Matthew Parry and Simon Clayton

Fourth Official: Anthony Backhouse


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