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Match Preview: Bolton v Pompey

All you need to know about League One contest

13 January 2023

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Bolton Wanderers v Pompey

After a long midweek trip to Bolton, next up for Pompey is… a long weekend trip to Bolton.

Yes, just a few days after being narrowly beaten in the quarter-finals of the Papa Johns Trophy, they head back to the same venue for a League One contest.

The hosts currently sit fifth in the standings, with 10 more points than the Blues, having played three games more.

Wanderers are currently on a seven-match unbeaten run in all competitions and have not conceded in their past three fixtures.

They were most recently in league action last Saturday, playing out a goalless draw with table-topping Plymouth on home soil.

Indeed, only two sides – Sheffield Wednesday and Oxford – have taken maximum points away from the University of Bolton Stadium this season.

It finished 1-1 in the corresponding fixture last season, with Aiden O’Brien’s opener cancelled out by a Kieran Sadlier penalty.

And Pompey have not lost any of the last five league meetings between the sides – a run that stretches back to 2009.

Pompey remain without Tom Lowery (hamstring), Jay Mingi (knee), Joe Rafferty (stomach) and Jayden Reid (knee), while Marlon Pack is suspended.

But new signing Ryley Towler could make his debut, while Clark Robertson (hip) has returned to full training.

Jack Iredale and George Thomason are both missing for the hosts with knee injuries and there are doubts over the fitness of Gethin Jones.

Dapo Afolayan is on his way out of the club, but Dan Nlundulu could feature after arriving on loan from Southampton.

Read the thoughts of Simon Bassey ahead of the game.

Pompey: 36 wins
Bolton: 43 wins
23 draws

On the road
Pompey: 10 wins
Bolton: 33 wins
8 draws

Referee: Geoff Eltringham
Assistants: Ian Cooper and Lee Venamore
Fourth Official: Andy Haines

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Match Reports

Bolton 3 Pompey 0

Blues beaten on the road

14 January 2023

Owen Dale in action for Pompey at Bolton Wanderers
Photo: Simon Davies/Pro Sports Images

Pompey’s long wait for a league win continued as they were beaten at Bolton for the second time in a week.

Dion Charles gave the home side an early advantage and the Blues struggled to find a response at the other end of the pitch.

Kieran Lee made the task even harder straight after the break before Eoin Toal made sure of all three points for Wanderers.

Simon Bassey made six changes from the side narrowly beaten at the same venue in the Papa Johns Trophy a few days earlier.

With Josh Griffiths being recalled by West Brom, Josh Oluwayemi was handed a League One debut between the sticks.

There were also returns for Michael Morrison, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Owen Dale, Michael Jacobs and Colby Bishop.

Marlon Pack was suspended and Josh Koroma sent back to Huddersfield, while Ronan Curtis, Dane Scarlett and Joe Pigott all dropped to the bench.

They were joined among the substitutes by new signing Ryley Towler and teenage keeper Toby Steward.

Pompey were forced to deal with some early Bolton pressure and Oluwayemi did well to keep out Conor Bradley’s neat flick.

The keeper gathered another effort from the same player moments later after Kyle Dempsey’s initial attempt had been blocked by Joe Morrell.

But the hosts did take the lead on 15 minutes, with the Blues not reacting quickly enough after Charles’ initial effort had been blocked.

Randell Williams sent the ball straight back into the mixer and Charles was left alone to fire it into the net.

Pompey started to improve as the first half progressed, although were struggling to create any meaningful chances.

The best of them fell to Morrison when he found space to meet a Jacobs corner, but the defender could only send his header past the post.

They finished the half on top and were certainly producing plenty of effort, with Wanderers remaining resolute at the back to keep them at bay.

Half Time: Bolton 1 Pompey 0

The visitors needed a strong start to the second period, but instead found themselves further behind within three minutes of the restart.

Oluwayemi could not keep hold of Dempsey’s cross from the right and Lee rifled the ball into the net.

The keeper did better moments later, though, getting down to his right to keep out a volleyed effort from Charles.

Pompey were trying to find a way back and a shot from Bishop at least forced James Trafford into action just past the hour mark.

The hosts immediately went closer at the other end, though, with Oluwayemi getting down to his right to keep out Dan Nlundulu’s header.

Bassey made a triple switch on 66 minutes, as Towler, Curtis and Reeco Hackett were brought on for Morrison, Jacobs and Denver Hume.

But it failed to halt the Wanderers charge and Toal soon extended their advantage further, arrowing the ball home after exchanging passes with Bradley on the edge of the box.

Louis Thompson and Scarlett were both brought on for the closing stages, as Tunnicliffe and Bishop made way.

The Blues were unable to mount an unlikely late comeback, however, as their run of poor form continued.

Bolton (3-4-1-2): Trafford; Toal, Aimson, Johnston (Santos 83); Bradley, Dempsey (Sheehan 83), Morley, R.Williams; Lee (c) (M.Williams 75); Charles (Kachunga 75), Bödvarsson (Nlundulu 37)
Goals: Charles 15, Lee 48, Toal 71
Subs not used: Beck, Sadlier

Pompey (3-4-3): Oluwayemi; Morrison (Towler 66), Raggett (c), Ogilvie; Swanson, Tunnicliffe (Thompson 83), Morrell, Hume (Hackett 66); Dale, Bishop (Scarlett 83), Jacobs (Curtis 66)
Booked: Morrell
Subs not used: Steward, Pigott

Referee: Geoff Eltringham

Attendance: 17,977 (975 Pompey fans)

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