Match Preview | Wanderers v Blackpool

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After midweek success on the road at Shrewsbury Town, Wanderers switch their focus back to home comforts this weekend at the Toughsheet Community Stadium.

A visit from the Seasiders awaits for Ian Evatt’s men in Sky Bet League One, as the Whites look to continue their outstanding run of form. 

Manager quotes

Ian Evatt:  “I'm really excited and looking forward to the game.

"I have a huge affiliation with that Football Club and a massive amount of respect for it and the things we did together.

"The fans were incredible with me and I'll have fond memories forever of the times that we had there but that's gone now.

"It feels like another lifetime and I'm now the manager of Bolton Wanderers and we're competing for the same thing. I want us to do extremely well and it's about winning the game on Saturday and moving on to our next target."

Evatt walk Shrewsbury

Blackpool manager Neil Critchley, on the back of their last couple of fixtures: 

"Our performance at Fleetwood merited taking three points, although we conceded poor goals so if you concede poor goals in any game, you give yourselves a problem.

"We gave ourselves a problem in that game but we also showed a terrific response, plenty of spirit, plenty of heart and ability as well.

"It was a different type of game at Bromley, but we got the job done. We scored a couple of goals early with two moments of quality.

"We didn't play great in the second half but we did enough to get into the second round and Bolton again will be a completely different test come this Saturday."

Team News

Wanderers faced a tough encounter in midweek at Shrewsbury, Ian Evatt said there are bumps and bruises from a 'brutal' test at the Croud Meadow.

The Wanderers manager confirmed that Zac Ashworth trained with the first team squad this week, and Kyle Dempsey is working his way back, but his return will be after the upcoming international break. 

Form guide

Blackpool head into this fixture on a run of just one defeat in their last eight games, with their sole loss in that set of results coming at home to Peterborough. 

Their most recent fixture was their passage into Round Two of the Emirates FA Cup when winning away at Bromley in a potential 'banana-skin' tie, but Neil Critchley's men passed that test. 

In terms of the league, their last outing was a feisty, local derby against Fleetwood Town - a game in which Pool came from 2-0 down to lead 3-2, before Jack Marriott levelled late on to ensure they both came away from the game with a draw. 

As for Wanderers, they continued their fine run of form by winning at Shrewsbury on Tuesday night to make it four straight league victories and eight wins from nine in all competitions. 

This set of results leaves Wanderers sat 3rd in League One, looking to chase down Oxford and Portsmouth who currently sit in the automatic places. 

Morley celebration Shrewsbury


Referee: Ben Toner

Assistant Referees: Lewis Raper and Jacob Lehane

Fourth Official : Declan Bourne


Saturday, 3:00pm


Tickets for the fixture remain on sale and can be purchased online up until kick-off. We do urge supporters to purchase in advance to avoid the matchday queues. 

Ticket prices are: 

Adults from: £30.00
Over 65s from: £25.00
Under 23s from: £25.00
Under 18s: £19.00
Under 12s: £12.00

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As this is a Saturday 3pm game, Wanderers fans based in the UK can purchase an audio pass only for this fixture - with supporters based internationally able to watch the game live through a match pass for just £10...


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