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Bolton Wanderers (H) match preview

11 February 2020

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Rovers look to get back to winning ways against Bolton Wanderers in Sky Bet League One on Tuesday night.

Darren Moore’s side were held to a 1-1 by Rochdale last time out after Oliver Rathbone cancelled out Jon Taylor’s early opener.

Bolton are 17 points from safety at the bottom end of the table, having had a 12-point deduction at the start of the campaign.

Bolton’s recent run

Bolton’s start to the year has been a tough one and they were beaten four times in a row in January, before finishing the month with a battling 1-1 draw at home to Bristol Rovers.

They picked up a crucial three points against fellow relegation candidates Tranmere at the start of the month, as they won 2-0 at the University of Bolton Stadium. The Trotters came close to securing another valuable point at Coventry last time out, before Maxime Biamou’s late winner secured all three points for the Sky Blues.

Who’s the gaffer?

Former Rochdale and Barnsley manager Keith Hill took charge of Bolton at the start of the current campaign.

Since being handed the role, the 50-year-old has taken charge of 26 matches, winning six, drawing eight and losing 12 – giving him an overall win percentage of 23.1%.

Ones to watch

Remi Matthews

The former Rovers loanee started his career at Norwich and enjoyed other loan spells with Hamilton Academical and Plymouth Argyle while under contract at Carrow Road.

He initially arrived at the University of Bolton Stadium on loan in January 2018, before signing a permanent deal a year later. The 26-year-old showed a lot of loyalty to the club while it was going through it’s financial troubles and has played in virtually every game this season

Dennis Politic

The Romanian youth international joined Bolton at under-15 level and has progressed through the system to become a key member of the first-team squad this season.

His development was aided by a loan spell to Salford City while they were in the National League, scoring twice in 11 appearances for the Ammies.

He has found the net five times this term, including in the Trotters’ last league game away at Coventry City.

Daryl Murphy

The vastly experienced front man has played at the top level of English and Scottish football in his career. His most prolific spell came during his time at Ipswich Town, where he scored 50 goals in 127 appearances before joining Newcastle. He helped them to promotion back to the Premier League before signing for Nottingham Forest. After falling out of favour at the City Ground he made the move to the University of Bolton Stadium.

The 37-year-old has scored eight times this season, making him the club’s top scorer in his first campaign at the club.

Who’s the ref?

Christopher Sarginson will be the man in charge when Rovers take on Bolton on Tuesday night, and you can find out more about him here.

Last time out

Bolton ran out 2-1 winners when the two sides last met at the Keepmoat Stadium in April 2014. Early goals from Neil Danns and Joe Mason set the visitors on their way to victory, while David Cotterill netted Rovers’ reply.


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