Bolton Boss Bemoans 'Contradictory' Trophy Rules

  • November 14, 2023 | By Chris Mann
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Ian Evatt has criticised the 'contradictory' rules of the Bristol Street Motors Trophy, suggesting Bolton's game at Stockport County on Tuesday should have been rescheduled.

Wanderers travel to Edgeley Park on Tuesday looking to secure a seventh successive victory for the first time in more than seven years, while County go into the tie on the back of 13 consecutive wins in all competitions.

The Trotters have had to navigate a number of recent fixtures with injuries to several key players and will be without their international contingent this time round.

With no option to postpone the fixture, as has happened with the weekend trip to Cambridge United, Evatt says the lack of consistency with the EFL's scheduling is somewhat confusing.

"I think the League and the competition's biggest gripe is that teams don't take it seriously enough," Evatt told

"We've tried to do that and give it the respect it deserves but that's where my frustration comes, with still playing the game in the international window.

"It's a little bit contradictory but it is what it is and we'll patch the lads up and go again.

"There will be opportunities for some younger players to show us what they can do and the opportunity for others who probably haven't been in the team of late. We're confident whatever team we pick can be competitive.

"It's a great game and an opportunity for us to go up against a team that is doing very, very well and having an excellent season on an unbelievable run of form."

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Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Bolton Wanderers 18 39
2 Portsmouth 18 39
3 Oxford United 18 36
4 Stevenage 20 36
5 Peterborough United 19 35
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