Bolton Wanderers are back in action this evening and aiming to keep their unbeaten run going when Scunthorpe United visit.
The Iron visit the University of Bolton Stadium in a busy round of midweek League Two action this evening.
Both sides go into the encounter in good recent form.
Wanderers are unbeaten in their last five games and have won their last three matches in succession, the latest being the 1-0 victory on the road against Southend United over the weekend.
But Scunthorpe themselves are in a rich vein of form, too, having won their last four matches in a row.
Former Wanderers defender Neil Cox is in charge of the Iron and has overseen their recent rise to 16th in the table and away from the relegation zone.
Wanderers themselves are just three points from the play-offs and in 10th heading into this evening’s game, which will be a tough test against one of the division’s in form sides.
We’ll be live throughout the day to cover the proceedings at the University of Bolton Stadium., with all the build-up, confirmed team news, match and goal updates and reaction after full-time from Ian Evatt to see if Wanderers can sustain their unbeaten run.
And Bolton did just that with a 2-0 victory over the Iron to complete the double this season over the Glanford Park outfit.
Eoin Doyle converted from the penalty spot after Nathan Deflouneso went down under Jacob Bedeau’s first half challenge.
And skipper Antoni Sarcevic came off the bench to net Bolton’s second to secure the three points.
Player ratings from this evening
Here’s how we rated the Wanderers players from this evening’s game, with many top performers across the side.
Evatt on Doyle’s penalty
Eoin is a clinical penalty taker and he’s probably not had enough this season. I think he’s the highest scoring Bolton Wanderers player for a long time, so that’s credit to him. We’re not going to look at our individual performances and records at the moment. As a group, we’ve got something to achieve and we want to achieve it.
Evatt on the penalty decision
If you raise your foot and you kick someone in the head then it has to be a penalty. To be honest, we’ve been on the rough end of enough decisions to not worry about that too much. It’s part of the game. I’m sure Neil at the other end would want it, but we’re both speaking on the side there and until referees, to give them the best chance, become professional, we’re going to have these inconsistent decisions. But it is what it is and we’ll move on to Saturday.
Evatt: ‘We have to score more in our good spells to take pressure off defence’
We controlled the game and for all our dominance, it just shows you that this league and what football throws at you. The defenders were outstanding but they made one mistake with one long ball, and but for Alex Baptiste’s excellent defending it could have easily been 1-1 and they’d have come out of nowhere. So we have to in our good spells be more dominant and score more to take that pressure off the back four. But I’m really pleased because that was always going to be a really tough game and a tough challenge, but we’ve come through it with flying colours.
Ian Evatt: ‘We controlled the game’
We’re really pleased to play like that after two long journeys, two difficult pitches, two difficult games. It was an excellent result and Scunthorpe are in excellent form. They’d won their last four games, they were well organised and they made it difficult for us, but I thought we controlled the game really. I’m just really pleased.
Ian Evatt’s reaction
We’ll bring you the post-match thoughts of Wanderers boss Ian Evatt as soon as we can after Wanderers go six unbeaten and wrap up their fourth win in a row.
FT: Bolton 2-0 Scunthorpe
After Scunthorpe keep the ball trying to grab one back in the closing stages, Wanderers keep a clean sheet as the final whistle blows and a deserved three points are secured after an impressive performance against an Iron side which had been in form heading into this.
Maddison slips in Gnahoua who finds Miller but McGahey blocks his effort
Maddison comes on for Isgrove
There’s been several Iron corners of late but Wanderers have dealt with them, Santos clearing the latest with a big header
Van Veen gets the better of Williams and forces Gilks into a save, before the Bolton midfielder goes into the book for the late challenge
Miller sees a shot deflected behind by Clarke for a corner
More Bolton changes
Miller and Gnahoua come on for Doyle and Delfouneso
Double Iron change
After the goal, Scunthorpe made two more subs. Brown and Karacan come off and O’Malley and Spence now on
GOAL: Bolton 2-0 Scunthorpe (Sarcevic)
There’s the second for Wanderers and it’s come from the skipper, who slots home after being free in the box after a cut back from the right
Loft nods on Brown’s cross but Gilks is untroubled
Gilliead takes a corner from the right but it comes to nothing
One of the first acts from Sarcevic is to put in an inviting cross for Jones who nods well wide
Sarcevic comes on for Afolayan
Doyle goes through the back of van Veen and the Bolton forward is booked
Scunthorpe free kick
Two Scunthorpe players collide into one another in the centre circle and somehow the referee gives the Iron a free kick
Beestin goes down after a challenge by Afolayan, and play is restarted with Wanderers in possession
Another goal kick
Van Veen takes aim from distance but it’s a very wayward shot and Gilks takes a goal kick
Jones crosses from the right and Brown blocks but the final touch comes off the Bolton defender. Moments later, Afolayan nearly gets the better of Howard as the former Bolton stopper tries to pass the ball out
The ball breaks for Doyle who tries to drive towards goal but Brown manages to put him off
Off the line
A mistake from Gilks sees him all at sea and stranded and van Veen stabs at goal but Baptiste get back to clear off the line
Should do better
A great move from Wanderers as Afolayan finds Doyle in space centrally, before the Irishman tees up an onrushing John who blasts into the stands
Scunthorpe win a corner which Gilliead takes and Taft ends up stabbing towards goal but Gilks pounces on the loose ball
Rain coming down
Driving rain coming down at the UniBol right now – Scunthorpe having a bit more possession but Wanderers not looking at all troubled