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Match Preview: Stevenage vs Bolton Wanderers

20 November 2020

Jim Steele

After a strong but ultimately unsuccessful Papa John’s Trophy performance midweek, Boro return to league action this Saturday at the Lamex Stadium...

Stevenage are proving difficult to beat, having drawn five of their last six games (in 90 minutes), but Alex Revell’s side are eager to find that winning edge this Saturday against Bolton Wanderers, who travel to the Lamex Stadium for the first time ever.

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Ian Evatt’s Bolton Wanderers are currently 17th in League Two and come into this fixture off the back of Papa John’s Trophy success, beating Newcastle United U21’s 3-2. Bolton were also successful in their last league fixture, winning against Salford City 2-0 at the University of Bolton Stadium.  

Bolton have previously enjoyed success in the top flight of English football and were a Premier League team for 13 seasons, with a highest league finish of 6th place in 2004-05. During this stint, Bolton reached the League Cup final and competed in Europe, holding Bayern Munich and Marseille to draws as well as beating Atlético Madrid.  

Bolton have since sild down the divisions due to financial struggles, with Ian Evatt looking to be the man who takes ‘The Trotters’ back to glory.  

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The Stevenage squad is looking in good shape with very few injury issues to report. Only Jack Aitchison and Elliot Osborne, who recently suffered an ankle injury are out of contention.

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  • Referee: Will Finnie 
  • Assistant Referee 1: Gregory Read 
  • Assistant Referee 2: Michael Webb 
  • Fourth Official: Marc Wilson 

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Stevenage boss, Alex Revell said, "We are high in the stats for chances created and we know that we should be doing a lot better in terms of goals. We know that what we are doing is right and we just need to get wins, simple as that.  

"We also know that hard work on the training ground is crucial as well as making sure the players know their roles and responsibilities.

"There are games that I thought we should have been out of sight this season and the only people that can change that factor is us. We will be working extremely hard to make sure that everyone is ready for the game. 

"It will be tough, they are a good side but when the players here have that self-belief and everything clicks, we will be a good side."  

Bolton Wanderers manager, Ian Evatt, said, "We have to build on the two results we have got. Going to Stevenage won’t be an easy game, I don’t care where they are in the division. For me, the two A’s are important on Saturday – and that is attitude and application.

"If we go there with the right attitude and apply ourselves correctly in the right manner, then I am sure we can get the right result. 

"We have to be ready to roll our sleeves up, do the dirty side of it, and then hopefully our football technique will take over."

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