Bolton Wanderers vs Ipswich Town Preview: Focus on Bolton

5:00 p.m. January 15 2022

Ipswich Town are making a long trip to Bolton Wanderers for their League One game today (3pm). Mark Heath Take a look at Wanderers…

The story so far

Bolton’s 5-2 win at Ipswich in early September, and his 4-1 win over Charlton, also away, at the end of the month, were the highlights of the Wanderers season so far.

At the time, it looked as if Ian Evatt’s men might be on the move for a second promotion in a row – but things have soured quite a bit since then.

The Wanderers have lost their last five games in all competitions and haven’t really won the league since November 23 – a 3-0 victory over Doncaster. And everyone defeats Doncaster.

In fact, the last time Bolton beat anyone outside the bottom three was on October 2, a 2-1 home win over Shrewsbury.

They struggled with Covid problems – three matches were postponed in December – and injury problems, sinking like a stone on the table.

They are now 18th, just three points behind the relegation zones.

Bolton boss Ian Evatt has called for patience as the side struggles
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The aborigines are worried

As you’d expect, fans are expressing their concerns.

But Evatt demanded time and patience as he tried to turn things around.

“Of course they (the fans) will worry them, and they have every right,” he told Bolton News.

“The frustration is understandable, but things will get better. That’s the thing we all have to understand – and I’m the worst, and I want to succeed here now.”

“I’ve had back-to-back promotions and I want another one. That’s the kind of guy I am now.”

“But, realistically speaking, we’re in a transition period and we’re almost a window or two behind where we need to be.

“It’s frustrating for everyone involved. But we know what we have to do, the board knows what we need as well and I’ll say again that we’re going to do it together.”

Dion Charles of Accrington Stanley celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the match

Striker Dion Charles will be a threat to Bolton
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Help on the way

True to his word, Evatt and Bolton were already busy in January.

Wanderers have signed four players so far: striker Dion Charles from Accrington, midfielder Aaron Morley from Rochdale, defender Marlon Fossey on loan from Fulham and goalkeeper James Trafford on loan from Manchester City.

Everyone can play today, as quarterback Morley and prolific hitman Charles added much-needed quality.

Charles scored 20 Premier League goals for Accrington last season, and that’s what proved at that level. He has scored only one goal so far this season, as he has sought to leave Stanley.

He will hope to grab £320,000 in a new higher lease life for Bolton

Evatt is hoping to add more as well, as a groin injury to striker Elias Kachunga is likely to keep him out of the competition for at least two months.

Dabo Avolayan Bolton Ipswich

Dabo Avolayan was fantastic in Bolton’s 5-2 win over Town earlier this season
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one to watch

While Town did poorly in that 5-2 loss at Portman Road in September, winger Dabo Avolayan was nearly unplayable.

He scored two goals and posed such a threat that then coach Paul Cook had to replace beleaguered Ken Vincent Young before the break. good offer.

West Ham youth producer Avolayan in general has been a threat to Bolton all season – he leads the team with nine goals in all competitions in his 30 games so far.

Having said that, he hasn’t scored a goal since the beginning of November and has had to do more defensive work in recent months than he would have liked.

With the newcomers tickling the Bolton philosophy, one wonders if Avolayan will ever get a new lease on life. I hope not today.

stop mold

Evat knows he and his side have to stop the bleeding – and soon.

“We have to stop this rot and hopefully that starts on Saturday,” he told the club’s website. “I don’t believe in looking down. I think we should always look up. That’s the kind of person I am.”

“I am a positive person and I think we have a lot of positive things to look forward to.

“The new players are stabilizing really well and making a difference, the returning players are making a difference and we just need to break this cycle of defeats and regain some confidence and hopefully it will happen on Saturday.

“We need to start getting results again and we’re only one goal away from that, I think.

“I think if we score the first goal in the games, I think the confidence that will be given to the players will be huge and I hope it will happen on Saturday.

“The main thing for us is to make sure we take our chances.”

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