Crewe Alexandra v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • August 26, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton travel to Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday night, looking to secure a place in the third round of the League Cup for the first time in three years.

Wanderers have been knocked out at this stage of the competition in each of the last two seasons, both to lower league opposition. They were beaten on penalties at Tranmere Rovers last season, while Crawley Town were surprise winners two years ago as the Trotters suffered cup humiliation.

Both sides go into the game winless in league competition this season, with their respective first round successes the only time they have tasted victory so far.

Bolton go to the Alexandra Stadium with a major doubt over the fitness of Adam Bogdan, who was knocked unconscious in Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion. The Hungary international goalkeeper suffered a minor concussion and received a gash above his left eye, so Andy Lonergan is on call to deputise in his likely absence.

Kevin McNaughton missed the weekend trip to the AMEX Stadium with a hamstring injury and is unlikely to be risked again, so Hayden White could retain his place at right-back, while Wanderers remain without Dean Moxey, who suffered a setback in his recovery from a foot problem.

Mark Davies has been pencilled in for his first appearance of the season, after missing the opening five games with a fractured toe, but Wanderers remain without the services of Marc Tierney and Sanmi Odelusi.

Josh Vela and Andy Kellett are both dealing with minor niggles and are unlikely to make the squad, but fellow youngsters Conor Wilkinson, Oscar Threlkeld and Ross Fitzsimons could make the matchday 18.

Crewe boss Steve Davis has a number of injury problems ahead of the tie, with on-loan Stoke City midfielder Jamie Ness a major doubt after limping out of their weekend defeat at Swindon Town.

Liam Nolan is likely to step into the midfield, but Alex will be without the trio of Ryan Colclough, Harry Davis and Thierry Audel.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Lonergan, Fitzsimons, Mills, Ream, Dervite, Wheater, White, Taylor, Threlkeld, Maher, Matthews, Spearing, Feeney, Hall, M Davies, Trotter, Danns, Pratley, Hughes, Chung-Yong, Lester, Woodland, Kellett, Kamara, Bastos, Mason, Beckford, C Davies, Eaves, Wilkinson, Clough, Youngs, Iliev, Knight

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4 Bolton Wanderers 4 8
5 Exeter City 4 7
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