Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Crewe Alexandra

  • September 08, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Ian Evatt has challenged his players to make a case for selection, with changes anticipated for Tuesday's EFL Trophy clash with Crewe Alexandra.

After a promising pre-season faded out with heavy defeats to Wigan Athletic and Crewe - the latter happening just 11 days ago - Evatt's first competitive game as Head Coach ended with a 2-1 reversal at the hands of Bradford City, as the Trotters were eliminated from the Carabao Cup at the first-round stage for a third consecutive season.

The majority of supporters appear to have an air of patience regarding a new boss and expected style of play, but losing will always attract criticism and the weekend was no different - with questions asked over the omission of both Ali Crawford and Ronan Darcy.

Crawford was introduced as a second-half substitute at the University of Bolton Stadium, although Evatt's response to questions posed about Darcy indicated places in his squad will not be handed out and must be earned.

Positive news from Saturday's defeat is that no new injuries were reported, although the risk of early-season fatigue means a number of changes are likely.

Ryan Delaney, Jak Hickman, Andrew Tutte and first-year scholar Bright Amoateng were all unused substitutes against the Bantams and could be handed starting roles, while Matthew Alexander could feature ahead of Billy Crellin in goal after plans to send the youngster out on loan were axed.

Competitions rules prevent wholesale changes, however, so Evatt is likely to rotate both here and against Forest Green Rovers this coming Saturday to ensure players are capable of completing 90 minutes without fear of burnout.

Dennis Politic and Liam Edwards (both knee) remain sidelined, as does Muhammadu Faal (foot). Sonny Graham remains unavailable for selection after going into self-isolation due to positive COVID-19 tests whilst training with Atherton Collieries.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Crellin, Gilks, Alexander, Jones, Gordon, Taft, Santos, Delaney, Hickman, Mascoll, Greenidge, Brockbank, Baptiste, Senior, Comley, Sarcevic, Crawford, White, Darcy, Tutte, Delfouneso, Doyle, Amoateng, Miller

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