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1Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Empty Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Thu Mar 11 2021, 00:41

wanderlust

wanderlust
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Back in December, Port Vale came to the Unibol and absolutely massacred us.

SIX different players scored a goal each. SIX FFS -and that was how they ended a run of 5 defeats in a row! Humiliating.

Since then we've improved and they've done nothing so I'm hoping we win and win big if only to restore a bit of respect for us in the Potteries.

For us it's another "must win" to stay ahead of the teams with games in hand but Vale are flirting with relegation so will definitely be up for it.

Play like we did against Cambridge and we'll stroll it. Take the foot off the gas and we could get turned over. But I think we'll win by two goals.

2Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Empty Re: Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Thu Mar 11 2021, 08:13

Norpig

Norpig
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
The winning streak will go on as we storm to the top of the table and achieve automatic promotion, now where did i leave those tablets?

3Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Empty Re: Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Thu Mar 11 2021, 08:16

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Obvious Bolton win, so obviously we'll lose.

Evans out.

4Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Empty Re: Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Thu Mar 11 2021, 15:31

xmiles

xmiles
Jay Jay Okocha
Jay Jay Okocha
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:The winning streak will go on as we storm to the top of the table and achieve automatic promotion, now where did i leave those tablets?

I think you have taken far too many of them. Laughing

5Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Empty Re: Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Thu Mar 11 2021, 17:53

luckyPeterpiper

luckyPeterpiper
Ivan Campo
Ivan Campo
10 games, 8 wins, 0 defeats. Who are these people and what have they done to Bolton Wanderers? Smile

More seriously I predict a 2-0 win to us. I've got to be honest and say I can't really see us getting auto promotion but I believe we're definitely going to make the play-offs. Our confidence is higher than Ican remember in the last three or four years and it's actually translating into performances on the pitch.

But just one caveat and that is that if Gilkes is in goal I want someone to put superglue on his gloves Wink

6Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Empty Re: Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Thu Mar 11 2021, 18:55

okocha

okocha
Andy Walker
Andy Walker
I read somewhere one player's opinion that the dressing room camaraderie and team spirit is fantastic. Can't remember who said that but it would certainly be a factor in the rise in confidence.

Can anyone fill in the gap in my memory as regards who might have mentioned it?

7Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Empty Re: Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Thu Mar 11 2021, 19:18

Boggersbelief

Boggersbelief
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Games like this worry me. We are due a loss and we couldn’t deal with their physicality when they battered us earlier on this season... That said, we are finally fulfilling our potential.

I’d take a draw

8Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Empty Re: Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Fri Mar 12 2021, 09:58

wanderlust

wanderlust
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
In December it looked a no brainer that we’d beat them. We were on a winning streak and they’d lost 5 in a row coming into the game.
Then the game started.
From memory they just bullied us all over the pitch and Worrall in particular was a threat - they imposed their style of play on us and we capitulated. They battered Oldham on Tuesday but the latics managed to hold out for a scoreless draw.
With that to call on I reckon they’ll come after us from the start but if we can weather the storm and nick the first goal we should be fine. Hopefully.

9Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Empty Re: Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Fri Mar 12 2021, 10:04

karlypants

karlypants
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse

10Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Empty Re: Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Fri Mar 12 2021, 17:13

karlypants

karlypants
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Preview: Port Vale vs. Bolton Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers head down to the Potteries aiming to continue their fine form which has seen them remain unbeaten in their past ten matches, picking up eight wins and two draws.

Pre-Match Quotes:

Ian Evatt: “We just want to win the game, it's a simple as that. Yes we do remember what happened in December, but that isn't going to define our season.

“What will define our season is how we finish these next 12 games because we've given ourselves an opportunity. We didn't have that opportunity then.

"In terms of how a season plays out I'd much rather be in the form we've got now with the squad I've got available now than going the first couple of months unbeaten.

"It means more. It's more important, there's more on it. Trophies are given out in May and not September, October, November. We just have to maintain our focus, keep our hard work, keep being humble, respect everybody and Port Vale will be a challenging and difficult game, no doubt. But we have to make sure we keep hitting those standards that we're starting to set for ourselves."


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Team News:

With the exception of long-term absentees, Dennis Politic and Liam Edwards, Ian Evatt will have a full squad to choose from as Bolton Wanderers aim to continue their momentum.

Niggles sustained during Tuesday’s victory against Cambridge United have settled down, leaving the Wanderers manager with plenty of options ahead of the trip to Vale.


Bookies Odds:

Port Vale win: 21/20

Draw: 9/4

Bolton Wanderers win: 6/5

Correct as of 12/3/2021 (10am) on skybet.com


Form:

Wanderers are currently at the summit of the Sky Bet League Two form table over the last ten games.

Eight wins and two draws during that sequence have seen them pick up 26 points from a possible 30.

Conversely, Saturday opponents have won only one game, a 5-1 victory against Southend United, over their past ten encounters.

Their recent goalless draw against Oldham Athletic brought to an end a run of three consecutive defeats.


Last time out:

Vale ran out 6-3 winners at the University of Bolton Stadium back in December when these two sides last met.

The visitors raced into a two-goal lead inside nine minutes before Gethin Jones reduced the arrears after 11 minutes.

Tom Conlon’s penalty just before the break restored Vale’s two-goal advantage.

Further goals from Cristian Montano, David Worrall, and Nathan Smith saw Vale go 6-1 up just after the hour mark.

Wanderers netted two further consolation goals from Eoin Doyle and Lloyd Isgrove to cap off a crazy contest.


Match Officials:

Referee: Craig Hicks.

Assistant Referees: Mark Cunliffe and Hristo Karaivanov.

Fourth Official: Ollie Williams.

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11Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Empty Re: Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Fri Mar 12 2021, 19:10

T.R.O.Y.


Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly
Must win, every game from now until the end of the season. Auto promotion is the aim.

Interesting to see what team starts, Dapo is probably due a rest but he's undroppable for me, same for Sarc by sound of last week.

12Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Empty Re: Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Sat Mar 13 2021, 07:51

Whitesince63


Nicolas Anelka
Nicolas Anelka
Vale beat us last time because we were crap, despite our 5 game winning run in which we never looked confident. This time it’s different, this team is different, mentality is different and ability is massively different. We’ll sort this bunch out no danger today and finally find our shooting boots. 0-3 to the Super Whites today and no finger nail biting. Isgrove in for Fonz the only change to give us more work rate and for once he’ll actually find a man with a cross!

13Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Empty Re: Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Sat Mar 13 2021, 10:43

Boggersbelief

Boggersbelief
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Vale beat us last time because we were crap, despite our 5 game winning run in which we never looked confident. This time it’s different, this team is different, mentality is different and ability is massively different. We’ll sort this bunch out no danger today and finally find our shooting boots. 0-3 to the Super Whites today and no finger nail biting. Isgrove in for Fonz the only change to give us more work rate and for once he’ll actually find a man with a cross!

On what basis do you see us winning by three goals? We struggle to find the net which really needs fixing if we have any chance of going up automatically

14Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Empty Re: Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Sat Mar 13 2021, 13:51

finlaymcdanger

finlaymcdanger
El Hadji Diouf
El Hadji Diouf
If we're hoping to be promoted then we have to be able to beat a team in 21st place. Anything less than 3 points isn't good enough today.

15Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Empty Re: Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Sat Mar 13 2021, 14:10

Norpig

Norpig
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Unchanged side for today's game

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16Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Empty Re: Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Sat Mar 13 2021, 14:13

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Probably our best team on recent form. No Maddison though, and after the manager talked him up.

17Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Empty Re: Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Sat Mar 13 2021, 14:32

karlypants

karlypants
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Radio Nuts is now live!

18Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Empty Re: Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Sat Mar 13 2021, 14:34

wanderlust

wanderlust
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Probably our best team on recent form. No Maddison though, and after the manager talked him up.
After his performances to date, wouldn’t surprise me if Maddison was sent back. Needs to be brilliant in training to break into a winning team.

19Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Empty Re: Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Sat Mar 13 2021, 17:09

Boggersbelief

Boggersbelief
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Superb result on a Sunday league pitch. So glad we’ve found out how to see games out. Shame the other sides around us won but we have at least kept the pressure on

20Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Empty Re: Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Sat Mar 13 2021, 17:42

wessy

wessy
El Hadji Diouf
El Hadji Diouf
That was a really hard watch, never got going quite a few players not quite on their game, but we won and played poorly, thats a good sign. Not sure you can blame the pitch, yes a slippery surface, but a big wide pitch with plenty of grass should suit our game, we have played better on much worse surfaces than today. Put the curse of MOTM to bed so that's good. Other resuts could have been kinder.

21Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Empty Re: Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Sat Mar 13 2021, 20:04

T.R.O.Y.


Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly
Shit pitch, shit opposition and we looked knackered - so great to get 3 points and a break to Saturday to recover a bit. Imagine there will be some catch up from teams around us when they play Tuesday so got to keep on it.

Thought all the subs did well today, especially Ebezedi (sic), wonder why Maddison was out?

22Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Empty Re: Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Sat Mar 13 2021, 20:15

luckyPeterpiper

luckyPeterpiper
Ivan Campo
Ivan Campo
We've gained 29 of the last 33 points available and are now just 4 points away from an automatic promotion slot. However Forest Green who are currently 3rd do have a game in hand on us so could go seven points clear in midweek.

But with that said it was only about three weeks back that Carlisle were just one point behind us with four games in hand. That gap has now extended to a ten point difference (although they still have 4 games in hand) as they've slipped up badly in recent games.

Forest Green have won 3, drawn 1 and lost one of their last 5 matches so I genuinely believe we will catch up with them in the next couple of weeks. At the moment we're 6th but only on goal difference and the gap in that between us and the teams above us who are also on 57 points is really not that big at all.

23Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Empty Re: Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Sat Mar 13 2021, 23:55

karlypants

karlypants
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Report: Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers’ impressive run of form continued as Gethin Jones hit the only goal of the game to give Ian Evatt’s men another victory against Port Vale.

After a tepid first-half, not helped by a difficult playing surface, Wanderers upped the ante after half-time and deserved their win,

Wanderers remained unchanged from the side that beat Cambridge United at the University of Bolton Stadium in midweek.

Zack Elbouzedi was the only change among the substitutes where he came in for Marcus Maddison.

Matt Gilks required treatment after six minutes when his foot appeared to get stuck in the ground as he attempted to clear Baptiste’s under-hit back pass. The keeper though was able to carry on.

Wanderers were having the majority of possession during the early exchanges but weren’t able to probe into the Vale final third on many occasions.

The visitors lost the services of their captain Antoni Sarcevic after 26 minutes when he limped off with what appeared to be a hamstring problem. Lloyd Isgrove came on for the midfielder.

Devante Rodney dragged a shot wide after bursting through as Vale started to press Wanderers.

Doyle’s glancing header went straight into the arms of Scott Brown after Vale struggled to deal with a Wanderers corner.

Tom Conlon’s volley which came from Leon Legge’s throw took a deflection off a Wanderers defender for a Vale corner.

Rodney’s dipping volley just before the break flashed wide as Vale tried to steal a half-time lead.

Theo Robinson received Rodney’s lay-off but his low shot didn’t trouble Gilks who easily gathered the ball.

After a good spell of pressure, Wanderers took the lead on 63 minutes through Jones, whose left-footed effort left Brown flat-footed as it nestled into the back of the net. The Welshman received the ball just inside the box from Afolayan.

Evatt immediately made another change when he brought on Arthur Gnahoua for Dapo Afolayan.

Gilks then kept out David Worrall at the second attempt as Vale pressed forward in search of an equaliser.

David Amoo, who had earlier come on for Hurst, drilled a shot low and wide from distance.

Luke Joyce received a short corner on the edge of the box but shot straight into the hands of Gilks.

Wanderers made their final change with just under ten minutes of the game remaining with Elbouzedi coming on for Eoin Doyle.

The sub almost had an immediate impact when his ball into the centre was turned away for a corner with Nathan Delfouneso shaping up to shoot.

Vale, having used their subs, played the final moments of the game with ten men after Adam Crookes hobbled off the pitch with a leg injury.

Wanderers saw out the game expertly extended their unbeaten run to an 11th game with another victory on the road.


Bolton Wanderers:

Gilks, Jones, John, Lee, Almeida Santos, Baptiste, Delfouneso, MJ Williams, Doyle (Elbouzedi 81), Sarcevic (C) (Isgrove 26), Afolayan (Gnahoua 64).

Subs Not Used: Tutte, Miller, Brockbank, Thomason.

Port Vale:

Brown, Crookes, Joyce (Oyeleke 80), Legge, Smith, Worrall, Conlon (C), Mills (Taylor 80), Rodney (Cullen 80), Hurst (Amoo 69), Swann (Robinson 31).

Subs Not Used: Oyeleke, Cullen, Brisley, Taylor, Scott

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24Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Empty Re: Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Sun Mar 14 2021, 11:33

wanderlust

wanderlust
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:That was a really hard watch, never got going quite a few players not quite on their game, but we won and played poorly, thats a good sign. Not sure you can blame the pitch, yes a slippery surface, but a big wide pitch with plenty of grass should suit our game, we have played better on much worse surfaces than today. Put the curse of MOTM to bed so that's good. Other resuts could have been kinder.
Agree - although Exeter losing helped the cause. They’ve been on a charge recently and it took a stoppage time winner from Cheltenham to turn them over.
Poor performance from us and vale tbh with neither team being able to string a cohesive move together for most of the game and scrappy affairs like that aren’t good for the nerves.
Keeping the run going is the main thing though, and hopefully we’ll continue against Wozzle.
In the meantime I’m hoping Mansfield can do us a favour on Tuesday and Exeter and Tranmere cancel each other out on Saturday.

25Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Empty Re: Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Sun Mar 14 2021, 16:08

Cajunboy

Cajunboy
El Hadji Diouf
El Hadji Diouf
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Shit pitch, shit opposition and we looked knackered - so great to get 3 points and a break to Saturday to recover a bit. Imagine there will be some catch up from teams around us when they play Tuesday so got to keep on it.

Thought all the subs did well today, especially Ebezedi (sic), wonder why Maddison was out?
He couldn't find his pink boot.

26Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Empty Re: Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Sun Mar 14 2021, 16:41

luckyPeterpiper

luckyPeterpiper
Ivan Campo
Ivan Campo
Let's face it before Christmas we were down in 16th and only a couple of points clear of the drop zone.  We've improved massively, especially mentally imo. Our heads no longer drop if the opposition scores and we seem to be learning how to close out games even when we're not playing all that well. Personally I think we are genuinely in a position to gain automatic promotion and if we can keep doing what we're doing we will get it.

27Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Empty Re: Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Sun Mar 14 2021, 16:59

T.R.O.Y.


Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
He couldn't find his pink boot.

Laughing

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