Bolton Match Zone

Another Win Please – Bolton v Lincoln Preview


Bolton’s next assignment in their play-off hunt comes tomorrow night when they host Lincoln City.

Again, with them having a better goal difference, it’s unlikely we’ll leapfrog Ipswich, but the bigger picture is whether someone slips up and we can make any sort of inroad on that seven point gap if we do our bit and get another win.

IAN EVATT | Manager ahead of Lincoln City home fixture – YouTube

Team news

Bar the obvious absentees, everyone is available for tomorrow night. MJ Williams would probably come back into the side after being left out for tactical reasons at the weekend, with Ian Evatt preferring a more attacking duo of Kyle Dempsey and Aaron Morley in the middle. Otherwise

Possible XI: Trafford; Jones, Almeida Santos, Johnston; Fossey, Williams, Morley, John; Sadlier; Charles, Afolayan

Last time

There was no home game against Lincoln two seasons ago due to the COVID shutdown, so we have to go back to 2010 for the last time we hosted the Imps. Chris Evans took charge of the FA Cup third round tie, played three days after Gary Megson’s sacking. Chris Sutton, him on the telly these days, was the opposition boss, and it was goalless at half time. We took control in the second half though, with an own goal, then goals from Lee Chung-yong, Gary Cahill and Mark Davies racking up a 4-0 win. A home win against Sheffield United followed in the next round, before losing in the fifth round away to Spurs in the replay.

The opposition

Lincoln have failed to reach the heights of last season, where they were beaten play-off finalists. They sit five points above the relegation zone, with one win out of the last five for Michael Appleton’s men. Anthony Scully is their top goalscorer and assister with eight and seven respectively, so without doubt he is the danger man, but January signings John Marquis, Liam Cullen and Morgan Whittaker have all already found the scoresheet since arriving. Liam Bridcutt, a former Wanderer if only for a short time, is still there as club captain, but a long-term knee injury means he won’t play tomorrow.


Lincoln should be a tougher test than Saturday, but if we play like we did then we could pick up another decent win. 3-0

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