PREVIEW: Wanderers v Forest Green Rovers

Wanderers are back home to face bottom club Forest Green Rovers for just the second time in a league fixture at the University of Bolton Stadium.

The Whites will be looking to launch another unbeaten run to cement their place in the League One play-off places after their weekend defeat to Derby.

Forest Green are likely to be much changed from the side that won the reverse fixture in October after a busy month in the transfer market as they look to spark a revival and beat the drop.

Manager quotes:

Ian Evatt: “They have some good players. Amadou (Bakayoko) is there now and we know what we can do.

“I think they had five players making their full debuts on Saturday. It’s hard to integrate so many into the team but can also give you a big boost, as you saw with us last January.

“It’s going to be a difficult game. This is a tough unforgiving league and every game asks you a different question.

“But we have to see it as an opportunity to right some wrongs from Saturday and make sure we get back to ourselves and our performance levels hit the heights we’ve hit of late. If we do that I’m confident we can get the right result.”

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Forest Green manager Ian Burchnall:

“We played a very good game against them at home. They’re a very good team, excellent in possession of the ball, a really nice football team to watch.

“Their squad is strong, but we really have to start embracing these stadiums and atmospheres. We have to harness the underdog spirit.

“We also have to understand the size of the task for a club this small to go and battle it out against some of the teams in this division. We’re very driven to do well but we’re very hard on ourselves.

“The squad is looking healthy now so there’s plenty of competition and since the turn of the year, we’ve been ahead in games, we’ve done a lot of things to put ourselves ahead, now we need to see the games out.”

Team news:

Wanderers had a few bumps and bruises to assess after Saturday’s defeat to Derby but have no new major injury concerns.

Manager Ian Evatt suggested he may freshen things up a bit as the Whites play the sixth of seven games in January.

Forest Green made Tyrese Omotoye their seventh new arrival of the January transfer window after signing the Norwich City forward on a permanent basis.

The 20-year-old could be involved against Wanderers, with Rovers expected to start with former Whites’ striker Amadou Bakayoko in attack.

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Form guide:

Fifth-placed Wanderers lost for the first time in nine games when they were beaten 2-1 at Derby County on Saturday.

The Whites are unbeaten in eight home games since their FA Cup exit at the start of November and beat Portsmouth 3-0 last time out at the UniBol.

Forest Green – who won 1-0 in the last meeting of the sides in October – have lost six of their last seven games in all competitions to slip to the foot of the table.

That followed a decent run of three defeats in 12 games but the Gloucestershire side hasn’t won away in League One since the opening day of the season.

Rovers have led in each of their last three league games – as well as in their FA Cup exit to Birmingham City – but collected just one point.


Referee: Tom Nield

Assistant referees: Lee Freeman, Darren Williams

Fourth official: Ollie Yates


Tuesday 7.45pm


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