Bolton travel to Morecambe tomorrow in what could easily be described as the club’s biggest game in nearly three years.
While there isn’t quite a do or die scenario like that final day victory over Nottingham Forest in 2018, there hasn’t been a game this important in the three years since. Wanderers go into this a point above the Shrimps, with two games left to play after this encounter. If we win, it sets us up where we can be promoted next week. A draw would still keep us in the driving seat, but a loss would ensure things fall out of our hands.
Apparently, everyone is fit. Antoni Sarcevic is good to go, whether he starts is another question. Declan John and Matt Gilks are fine after their scares on Tuesday, with just long-term absentees Dennis Politic and Liam Edwards missing.
This is our first ever competitive visit to Morecambe. February’s reverse fixture saw us lead, but Marcus Maddison’s erroneous red card changed the game and we conceded a late equaliser from a set-piece.
Morecambe have never been relegated, and are now seeking a first ever promotion to the third tier under manager Derek Adams. They’re a counter-attacking side, but not quite in the physical sense some are like in this division. Carlos Mendes Gomes is their one to watch, the Senegalese-born forward has 15 goals and has been linked with a move to Rangers recently.
1-1. Please don’t lose.