Bolton make their longest away trip of the season tomorrow when they travel all the way to Devon to face Exeter.
The match was originally scheduled for Saturday, but our opponents’ involvement in the third round of the FA Cup meant it was pushed back a few days. We’ve since slipped down to 17th and we’re just six points above the relegation zone, but here we may have a chance against a team that also had promotion ambitions at the start of the season but haven’t quite hit the heights.
Declan John won’t be making his debut after suffering a hamstring injury in training today. Reiss Greenidge is suspended after his sending off last weekend, while two further players are out through COVID. Shaun Miller is nearing a return but that is still a couple of weeks away, while Peter Kioso was recalled to Luton this morning.
This is Wanderers’ first trip to Exeter since November 1992, when we won 3-1 en route to eventual promotion from Division 2 that season.
Exeter were a play-off final away from swapping divisions with us over the summer, but ended up being hammered by Northampton. Among the favourites for promotion, this season hasn’t quite gone to plan but they’re still in the hunt, 10th place, but just three points off the playoffs. Ryan Bowman, their top scorer, has nine this campaign.
Maybe a bit of a break, compared to Exeter playing Championship opposition at the weekend, might tip things in our favour, but I think we’ll probably lose. 2-1.