Crawley Town V Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • August 28, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton travel to Crawley Town on Tuesday night as the two sides meet in the second round of the Capital One Cup.

The game will see both sides match up against each other for the very first time and will provide Wanderers with a tough test if they are to advance into the third round of the competition.

The Red Devils have enjoyed cup success over teams such as Derby County, Torquay United, Bristol City and Hull City in recent years, whilst also proving tough opposition for the likes of Stoke City and Manchester United.

Now under the stewardship of former Bury manager Richie Barker, Crawley will be looking to upset the odds once again and knock Owen Coyle's Wanderers team out of the competition.

Coyle is set to make changes to the side that drew with Nottingham Forest on Friday night, with Andy Lonergan, Marcos Alonso, Tim Ream, Gregg Wylde, and Benik Afobe all set to be handed starting roles at the Broadfield Stadium.

Under new Football League rules, clubs are forbidden from fielding weakened sides in the newly rebranded Capital One Cup, but Wanderers that shouldn't prevent those players from featuring, as they are all registered members of the first team squad.

Lonergan should be given the chance to impress ahead of Adam Bogdan in goal, with Alonso, Ream, Wylde and Afobe taking the places of Sam Ricketts, Matt Mills, Lee Chung-Yong and Marvin Sordell.

The likes of Joe Riley, Martin Petrov, Darren Pratley and Josh Vela will all be hoping for starting roles, but some may ultimately have to settle for places on the bench.

David Ngog played 45 minutes for the Bolton development team on Monday afternoon, but he isn't expected to feature for the first team until after the international break, as he continues his recovery from a back injury.

Crawley, who currently occupy seventh position in League 1, come into the game on the back of a 1-0 victory at Doncaster Rovers at the weekend.

Claude Davis will undergo a late fitness test ahead of the tie, as he continues to struggle with a pelvic injury that has stuck with him since the start of the season.

The Jamaica international was passed fit at Doncaster, but later left the field after sustaining a nasty cut to his forehead.

Loan duo Nicky Ajose and Jonathan Forte have been granted permission to play by their parent clubs, while Billy Clarke, Josh Simpson, Dannie Bulman and Mark Connolly are all pushing for recalls to the starting line-up.

Should Connolly feature, he will be playing against Wanderers for the first time since leaving the Reebok Stadium earlier this summer. The 20-year-old spent three years with the Trotters, but failed to make a single senior appearance for the club.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Lonergan, Lynch, Mears, Alonso, Mills, Ream, Knight, Ricketts, Riley, McKee, McQuade, Eagles, Andrews, Petrov, Wylde, M Davies, Pratley, Vela, Chung-Yong, Blakeman, Ngog, K Davies, Afobe, Sordell, O'Halloran, Eaves, Sampson, Odelusi

Referee: Graham Scott

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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20 AFC Wimbledon 35 35
21 Tranmere Rovers 34 32
22 Southend United 35 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 34 14
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