Match Preview | Accrington Stanley v Wanderers

Accrington preview

Wanderers’ quest to defend their Bristol Street Motors Trophy title continues on Wednesday night with a trip to Accrington Stanley awaiting Ian Evatt’s side.

This Round of 16 tie at the Wham Stadium is a repeat of last year’s semi-final in this competition, which Wanderers won 2-0 on their road to Wembley.

Manager quotes

Ian Evatt: “Whatever team we pick we feel is capable of getting the result we need to get through to the next round. We've got a really tough game against Luton to come in the periphery, but for now it's just focus on Accrington and give that the importance it deserves.

“We're going to need to because they will be highly motivated after the semi-final last year and will want to get their own back, so we have to be ready for it.

“Every time you go to Accrington you know what you're going to be in for. It's going to be really tough game. John’s teams are always competitive and they're doing really well again this year. He's done an amazing job over the years and knows exactly how to coach and set up a team.”

Ian Evatt

Accrington Stanley Manager John Coleman: “We put up a great show last year, we were very unfortunate with the decisions which went against us and showed a lot of character.

"We know Bolton have a smashing squad. I would be surprised if they don't go up this season. They have got good players to cover each position, they rotate well, and they have good options.

"The finance from getting further in this competition would make a big difference to us. But the big incentive is the Wembley appearance and every club wants that.

"Bolton are the holders and they will want the Wembley experience again."

Team News

A prolonged and hectic fixture schedule could see Wanderers spread the work load throughout the squad.

Jack Iredale was back in the squad on Sunday after recovering from a slight knee problem.

For Stanley, Toby Savin, Jay Rich-Baghuelou, Liam Coyle, Matt Lowe, Seb Quirk, Rosaire Longelo, Josh Andrews, and Seb Quirk are sidelined, with Ben Woods also suspended.

Form guide

Accrington operate a division below Wanderers but will have their sights set on being in the promotion mix come the end of the campaign as they currently sit in 10th position, one point outside of the play offs.

Stanley advanced from the group stages after wins against Carlisle United and Harrogate Town before edging past Lincoln City with a last gasp winner in the previous round.

Wanderers will have to rest and recover to go again after a battling 0-0 draw on Sunday at Premier League Luton Town.

The Whites will be hoping to continue their 100% record in the Bristol Street Motors Trophy after wins against Salford City, Manchester United U21s and Stockport County before beating Port Vale 2-0 at the Toughsheet Community Stadium.



Referee: Robert Madley

Assistant Referees: Conor Brown and Declan Ford

Fourth Official: Dale Baines


Wednesday, 7:30pm.


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