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Bolton Need A Win Against Struggling Crewe

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Bolton return to league action tomorrow night as they take on struggling Crewe.

Having said that, you can refer to us as struggling Bolton if you like, A poor run form in the league left Ian Evatt to use the recent cup fixtures to give the first team players a confidence boost, and while we won the Rochdale game quite convincingly, the Stockport game just showed up all the problems we’ve had of late. This is a match we need to win, if we are to avoid being dragged into a relegation fight.

Team news

The biggest news is that Xavier Amaechi is finally available – presumably he’ll be on the bench for now but he will be involved tomorrow. Amadou Bakayoko is apparently back to full fitness having being involved last weekend, while Josh Sheehan has stayed with us rather than go with Wales, he will be available. Declan John will be alright too after lingering virus symptoms forced him off at half-time last Sunday. MJ Williams and Dapo Afolayan are one yellow card away from a suspension.

Possible XI – Dixon; Isgrove, Almeida Santos, Baptiste, John; Williams, Lee; Kachunga, Thomason, Afolayan; Doyle

Last time out

Bolton’s last home game against Crewe was last season, when we faced them in the first round of the FA Cup. Nathan Delfouneso scored twice for us, but we lost 3-2 after goals from Mikael Mandron, Charlie Kirk and Oliver Finney.

The opposition

Crewe’s second season in League One after promotion hasn’t gone well, sat bottom of the table without an away win. Boss David Artell has enlisted the help of ex-Preston boss Alex Neil to give him some input. Scorer of the first last season, Mandron has scored three times this campaign, their top scorer. Academy product Luke Offord has come back after the defender missed a lot of this year due to injuries, while wing-back Callum McFadzean won promotion from League Two with both Plymouth and Bury but is now trying to crack League One after spending last season at Sunderland. There are a few Bolton connections too, Luke Murphy and Chris Long were both signed for us by Phil Parkinson, while Jussi’s son, Will Jaaskelainen, will be in goal.

Prediction

We need to win really, but we’re hardly in good nick, 1-1.

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