Bolton Match Zone

Bolton’s Game Is On Tonight, But Next Saturday’s Is Not


Bolton’s game at Rochdale will go ahead tonight, but next Saturday’s game against Burton has been postponed after a number of international callups.

It has rained quite a lot over the last few days, and with their league game on Saturday also passing a late inspection, it was decided to check at lunchtime whether the surface would be good enough for the game to go ahead – and it will do so. Keith Hill may rest a few key players, Daryl Murphy can certainly be put into that category, but it looks as if there won’t be a vast amount of changes from Saturday’s narrow defeat at Portsmouth. Rochdale may make more changes, at least within the scope allowed by the EFL Trophy rules, as they have come off the back of a league game and their cup tie at Old Trafford last week, where they took Man Utd to penalties.

Wanderers have one point, after losing to Bradford on penalties in the opening group game of this competition. Any sort of win would put us into second place ahead of the final round of games, when we host Man City’s kids at the end of the month.

One game that has been postponed is next Saturday’s trip to Burton – it comes after goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara was called up to the Republic of Ireland squad. Liam Boyce will presumably will be away with Northern Ireland, while a third player (possibly Wales under-21 striker Nathan Broadhead) called up means Burton can call the game off if they wished. Presumably Doncaster won’t have a problem with that.

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