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Bolton Aim To Secure Top Half Finish On Family Day


It’s Easter Monday and despite nothing to play for but league position there should be a decent crowd at the UniBol as Wanderers host Accrington Stanley.

The match has been designated as a ‘family day’ with cheap tickets the main attraction. Hopefully, it will go better on the pitch than the last Family Day, when Rotherham duly turned us over. A point tomorrow would confirm a top half finish.

Team news

Elias Kachunga, Dapo Afolayan and Dion Charles could all come in if Ian Evatt decides to rotate from Friday’s win at Doncaster. Kyle Dempsey won’t be risked, while the likes of Santos, Sheehan, Lee and Tutte remain out.

Possible XI: Trafford; Jones, Aimson, Johnston; Sadlier, Williams, Morley, John; Kachunga, Charles, Afolayan

Last time

The last time we hosted Accrington, it was the last home game in front of fans for what turned out to be a long time. It was late February 2020, and it was a goalless draw. The season was stopped two weeks later…

The opposition

Another decent season for Stanley, who could still finish in the top half, being sat two points behind 12th place. Colby Bishop has stepped up this season after Dion Charles’ freezing out then transfer to us, scoring 10 goals, while former Bolton man Ethan Hamilton, who was an unused substitute last time we hosted them, has seven goals. Long-standing midfielder Sean McConville will be the creative threat in midfield.


It’s been a while without a win at home – Lincoln was the last one. But the last three games were against teams in the top half. Accrington aren’t quite that, and they’ve struggled away from home. We can freshen up the front line and still bring Afolayan and Charles in, so we’re capable of a good win here. 2-0.

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