PREVIEW: Wanderers v Morecambe

Wanderers return to the University of Bolton Stadium to face Morecambe in the first of three home games in eight days.

Joint League One leaders Sheffield Wednesday visit on Saturday before the Whites entertain Aston Villa in the FA Cup.

But manager Ian Evatt and his squad are fully focused on the meeting with the Shrimps as the Whites aim to extend their unbeaten start to the season and make it a hat-trick of home wins.

Evatt will not be able to sit in the dug-out as he serves a one-match ban for his sending off at Port Vale on Saturday.

Manager quotes

Ian Evatt: “We’ve played them a lot in the last couple of years. It’s historically been a pretty tight game and will probably be the same again.

“There’s always hard to beat, they always work hard and have a pressing strategy and a block that’s hard to break down.

“I think the first goal in the game is going to be vital – hopefully we’ll get it and then they have to have a bit of a go at us and we can look to punish them on the counter-attack and in transition.”

Morecambe manager Derek Adams: “Bolton have started the season very well. They are always tough when we go there.

“Anybody that beats Wycombe 3-0 has to be doing something right.

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“We looked at that game, we’ve looked at the game from Saturday, we’ve looked at previous games.

“We understand their philosophy and we understand what we’ve got to do to get the better of them.”

Team news

Wanderers’ captain Ricardo Santos serves a one-match ban for his red card at Port Vale, while midfielder George Thomason misses the second game of his three-match suspension.

Striker Dion Charles will again be absent for the Whites as he completes his recovery from a thigh injury but is expected to make a welcome return at the weekend.

Morecambe were without last season’s top scorer Cole Stockton for Saturday’s draw with Fleetwood and the striker may not figure against the Whites.

The Shrimps – who brought in nine new players over the summer – are expected to have an unchanged squad.

Form guide

Wanderers’ unbeaten League One run now stands at 11 games after leaving Vale Park with a precious point on Saturday.

The Whites have won both home games so far this season and have lost just once at the University of Bolton Stadium since January.

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Morecambe are yet to win a game in League One this season but have drawn two of their first three games, including Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Fleetwood Town.

Their one defeat was a 3-0 loss at Peterborough before advancing to the second round of the Carabao Cup thanks to a penalty shoot-out win over Championship side Stoke City following a 0-0 draw after 90 minutes.

Wanderers are unbeaten in their four League games against Morecambe, with a 1-0 win and three 1-1 draws, including both of last season’s meetings.


Referee: Anthony Backhouse

Assistant referees: Richard Woodward and Matthew Parry

Fourth official: Scott Jackson


Tuesday 7.45pm


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