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Rovers v Bolton | Match Preview

6 May 2023

Rovers play host to Bolton Wanderers on Sunday, May 7th, kick-off 12pm, looking to end the season on a high after four successive away games without a win.

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Wanderers skipper Ricardo Santos is set to return to action against Rovers this weekend ahead of their upcoming play-off matches.

Wanderers' boss Ian Evatt is pleased to welcome him back for the weekend, but praised the players who have stood up over the past few weeks.

“It’s a huge boost,” he said. “Everybody has done a fantastic job this season but we know it is a team effort and a squad effort, we need everybody available if we can.

“It doesn’t necessarily matter what team I select, I believe every team that I can select out of the squad will be competitive and good enough to win football matches. I have a massive amount of faith in them all. Hopefully, we can get a good result on Sunday and then take that form into the play-offs.”

Form Guide

Rovers: L L L D L

Bolton: W D W L W

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The man in the middle tomorrow is Will Finnie. In 28 games across all competitions this season, Finnie has dished out 85 yellow and a solitary red card. Finnie averages awarding 21 fouls per game and was in charge when Rovers crashed 5-1 at Morecambe in January.

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Sunday afternoon's fixture is available to watch live on iFollow! 

Video passes cost £10 with the majority of the revenue generated coming back to the football club. 

To purchase a pass or to find out more about iFollow, please click HERE.

What Are The Odds? 

Rovers are priced at 2/1 shots to beat Bolton at The Memorial Stadium, with the draw currently at 12/5. If you fancy top scorer Aaron Collins to end the season with a goal, he can be backed at 7/1 to open the scoring, or 5/2 to net at any time, whilst the 0-0 draw is priced at 11/1.

Odds correct at the time of writing. To be with SkyBet please click HERE. Please bet responsibly. 

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Rovers 2-3 Bolton | Match Report

Gas Fall to Final-Day Defeat

7 May 2023

Rovers lost their final game of the season to promotion-chasing Bolton in front of a sell-out crowd at The Memorial Stadium.

After Luca Hoole cancelled out an early Wanderers' strike, the visitors went 3-1 up before John Marquis pounced to set up a frantic finish, where only the crossbar prevented a Gas equaliser for Scott Sinclair.

Rovers boss Joey Barton made five changes for the final home game of the season on a sunny May lunchtime. In came Aaron Collins, Antony Evans, Luca Hoole, James Belshaw and Scott Sinclair.

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The visitors started brightly and forced a couple of early corners. It was no surprise when they took the lead with a quarter of the game gone, as Shoretire fired home from close range.

Rovers were soon level, however, as Luca Hoole pounced to head home into an empty net after Finley's cross-cum-shot rebounded off the post.

Rovers were now in the ascendancy and should have been ahead as Coburn's header rattled the crossbar, before Ward's follow-up shot was somehow saved by Dixon.

Bolton's Adeboyejo grazed a post with a low shot but the teams went in level at the interval.

John Marquis replaced Josh Coburn at half-time, but it was the visitors who went ahead in the 69th minute against the run of play, when substitute Nlundulu fired home, and then stretched their advantage through a superb long-range strike from Morley.

Glenn Whelan came on for his 696th career game - and became Rovers' oldest player - after 78 minutes, before he was substituted himself in injury-time.

Collins' late flick was saved by Dixon, but the rebound was bundled home by Marquis to set up a grandstand finish. It was almost 3-3 but Sinclair's shot crashed against bar and Bolton hung on to secure the three points.

 

ROVERS: Belshaw (Balcombe 81), Hoole, Gibson, Quansah (Connolly 81), Gordon (Macdonald 81), Evans (Bogarde 81), Ward, Finley (c) (Whelan 78 (McCormick 89)), Sinclair, Collins, Coburn (Marquis 46).

Subs: Balcombe, Connolly, Whelan, McCormick, Marquis, Macdonald, Bogarde.

 

BOLTON: Dixon, Jones, John, Santos (c), Johnston, Sheehan, Morley, Shoretire, Toal, Thomason, Adeboyejo. 

Subs: Williams, Charles, Nlundulu, Lee, Kachunga, Williams, Jerome.

 

Referee: W Finnie

Attendance: 10, 085 (1,269 away). 

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