FRIENDLY PREVIEW: Wanderers v West Bromwich Albion

West Brom preview graphic

Wanderers complete their pre-season programme against West Bromwich Albion at the Toughsheet Community Stadium on Saturday (KO 3pm).

The Whites follow up their mid-week meeting with Everton with another home game – a week before entertaining Lincoln City in their opening League One fixture.

Ian Evatt’s men drew 0-0 with the top-flight Toffees to extend their unbeaten record in pre-season and now face another test against higher-ranked opposition in the shape of the Championship Baggies.

Wanderers produced an impressive performance against an Everton side full of senior players in the opening half.

Evatt clap Everton

And they will be looking to continue their progress as they top up their fitness and aim to avoid any late injuries after a five-week build-up towards the new campaign.

“It’s most important we get everyone there in one piece for the first game against Lincoln and we’ve got another opportunity to build on Tuesday night’s performance against West Brom,” said boss Evatt.

“It’s another big club, another big team with lots of good players and a very highly regarded coach. I’m excited to pit my wits against him and see how we get on.”

West Brom just missed out on the play-offs last season under former Huddersfield Town manager and Leeds United coach Carlos Corberan.

Corberan’s side starts out at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday-week and will also be looking to fine-tune their preparations in their final pre-season game.

That will make it another serious work-out for the Whites and one summer signing Josh Dacres-Cogley is looking forward to after his first taste of playing in his new home on Tuesday night.

Josh Dacres-Cogley

“It was good to get my first game in a Bolton shirt in the stadium,” said the former Birmingham City and Tranmere man, who has slotted in smoothly to the right wing-back role.

“That will be a similar kind of test for us. We want to do one better and look to score some goals and then take that into the Saturday after for the start of the season.

“Ask any player and you just want to get the season started. It feels like we’ve been in pre-season for a while and you’re just raring to get the league started.

“It’s been really good to get to know the boys on the pitch and gel with them and learn how the team plays in game situations. I think I’m taking it in my stride and can’t wait for the season to start.”

Tickets for Saturday’s game, priced £10 and £5, are still available to buy HERE

And a live stream of the match will also be available to watch on the new Wanderers TV with a £5 match pass.

To buy and for details of how to sign up and watch, please go HERE

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