Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Stevenage

  • February 12, 2021 | By Chris Mann
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A rejuvenated Bolton will look to go three games unbeaten for the first time since November on Saturday, when they play host to Stevenage.

Victory over Leyton Orient and a draw with Morecambe - either side of postponed games at Mansfield Town and Salford City - have given Wanderers reason to belief they can climb the League Two table in the second half of the campaign, despite languishing low in 19th position heading into the weekend.

Manager Ian Evatt retains belief that his Trotters squad can still achieve their ultimate goal of promotion and with four of their next five games coming against teams currently placed alongside them in the bottom seven, it really it a case of 'now or never'.

The last time Bolton went as many as three games without defeat coincidentally included a 2-1 win at Stevenage, which came in the midst of a run of results which saw them pick up five consecutive victories in all competitions.

Wanderers, who are looking to complete a first league double of a sub-standard season, have received a couple of selection boosts ahead of the game - most notably having Marcus Maddison available despite his debut red card on Tuesday evening.

Maddison was dismissed just 12 minutes after being introduced as a second-half substitute against the Shrimps, but an appeal against a three-match suspension was successful and the Charlton Athletic loanee could be drafted in for a first start in Wanderers colours.

He could come into the team in place of Arthur Gnahoua, who discloated a shoulder last time out and will be monitored closely for any lasting effects, although Lloyd Isgrove could be the one to drop out should Gnahoua be deemed fit enough to feature.

Kieran Lee and a previously unnamed player are back in contention after their self-isolation periods came to an end and no further COVID-19 cases were reported.

With no more than five loan players permitted to be included in a matchday squad of 18, Billy Crellin and Lukas Jensen were the unfortunate exclusions in midweek.

Harry Brockbank, meanwhile, is set to miss a fortnight of action after picking up a groin strain last time out.

Dennis Politic (knee), Liam Edwards (knee) and Antoni Sarcevic (groin) remain sidelined.

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Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Accrington Stanley 0 0
2 Barnsley 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
5 Burton Albion 0 0
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