Bolton Match Zone

Captain Out But Reinforcements In For Bolton


Bolton are back in action tomorrow, as we hope for some sort of reaction to the midweek defeat at Fleetwood.

It’s another local trip, this time to play Accrington Stanley, and an away win would be nice after a week in which we got beat and a few moans started to creep back in…

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Team news

Ricardo Santos is suspended after his red card in midweek, but MJ Williams is available after coming through training fine, as did Harry Brockbank. Also, Adam Senior was recalled from his loan at York so he becomes an extra option too.

Possible XI: Dixon; Aimson, Baptiste, Johnston; Gordon, Williams. Thomason, John; Kachunga, Doyle, Afolayan

Last time out

You’re all thinking about that 7-1 defeat, but the last competitive game away to Accrington Stanley was a few weeks later than that in the EFL Trophy. It was less embarrassing, but we still lost 2-0. Offrande Zanzala scored early on, while Colby Bishop put it to bed late on.

The opposition

With two wins and three losses from their last five league games, Accrington sit 13th, one point ahead of us in the league, and have had a solid few seasons as John Coleman has established them in League One. Experienced midfielder Sean McConville has now played well over 200 games for Stanley, Colby Bishop is set for his best season at the club – the striker managed 10 league goals in each of his first two seasons, but has seven already. Seamus Conneely is another player who is part of the furniture at the Wham Stadium, originally not cracking it in England with Sheffield United, he went back to Ireland, where his efforts for Sligo got the midfielder a move back to England, and has been with Stanley since 2014. He has had a precautionary scan ahead of the game though. There are two ex Bolton players, Ethan Hamilton, who had a short loan spell with us a few years back, could play, but Joe Pritchard, who left in the summer of 2019, will not.


I can’t see us getting anything away from home against a half decent side. At least it shouldn’t be nearly as disastrous as the last league game here, although Accrington are liable to mistakes too. 2-1 to them.

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