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Preview: Bolton Wanderers (A)

23 February 2021

The Iron head to Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night seeking their fifth league win in a row for the first time since April 2017.

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23 February 2021


Scunthorpe returned to action following a three week break caused by postponements and a match abandonment by seeing off Harrogate Town 3-1 at the Sands Venue Stadium on Saturday. Devarn Green, Ryan Loft and Lewis Spence scored the goals.

It backed up victories over Grimsby Town, Port Vale and Colchester United prior to then, and Neil Cox's side head to the University of Bolton Stadium full of confidence.

The match sees Cox return to the club he represented as a player between 1997 and 1999, and will also see Mark Howard, George Taft and Jem Karacan return to face their former club.


Ian Evatt's side sit 10th in the division and are buoyed by two late goal away wins in a row. Shaun Miller got the winner at Southend United on Saturday, as they won 1-0 there, and they came back from two goals down last Wednesday to win 3-2 at an in-form Mansfield Town.

They arrive into the match unbeaten in five games, and looking for a fourth win in a row having seen off Stevenage 1-0 at home a week-and-a-half ago in their last fixture at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Top scorer for the Trotters is the familiar name of Eoin Doyle, who has 11 strikes to his name following a summer move from Swindon Town. Nathan Delfouneso has notched on seven occasions, with Antoni Sarcevic also scoring five.

Centre-back Ricardo Santos tops the appearance charts with 29 league starts, while former Iron custodian Matt Gilks has turned out 18 times between the sticks, and also doubles up as goalkeeper coach.


Defender Harrison McGahey has returned to full training following a hamstring injury and will be in the squad, with fellow centre-back Emmanuel Onariase rated 50-50 with a sore groin which forced him off in the 78th minute against Harrogate.

Striker Aaron Jarvis (hamstring) continues to be missing for around a month, while fellow forward Olufela Olomola is back training following a knee injury sustained after coming off the bench against Bolton Wanderers in November, but Cox says he needs to play in a couple of Under-23s matches to get match fitness up first.

Midfielder George Hornshaw, who has played at right-back this season, faces a 'few months out' following an ankle operation, while goalkeeper Adam Kelsey will be out for a while too - also after an operation on his ankle.


The two sides met at the Sands Venue Stadium in November, with Peter Kioso scoring the decisive goal early in the second-half.

Tue 24 Nov 2020 LG 2 Iron 0-1 Bolton  
Sat 8 Apr 2017 LG 1 Iron 1-0 Bolton Mirfin
Sat 31 Dec 2016 LG 1 Bolton 2-1 Iron Bishop
Sun 28 Jan 2001 FAC Bolton 5-1 Iron Calvo-Garcia
Tue 19 Apr 1988 DIV 4 Bolton 0-0 Iron  
Tue 15 Sep 1987 DIV 4 Iron 1-1 Bolton Russell
Sat 21 Jan 1984 DIV 3 Bolton 0-0 Iron  
Fri 16 Sep 1983 DIV 3 Iron 1-0 Bolton Cowling
Sat 10 Mar 1973 DIV 3 Iron 1-1 Bolton Fletcher
Sat 10 Oct 1972 DIV 3 Bolton 0-0 Iron  
CUP 0 0 2
LEAGUE 2 5 2
TOTAL 2 5 4


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