Conor Shaw
Friday 11 September 2020

Rovers head to Bolton Wanderers this weekend in a return to competitive league action for the first time since March.

Saturday's encounter will be the first meeting between the two sides - with both clubs making opposite strides in their development in recent years, which sadly saw the Trotters hit with a points-deduction last season and back-to-back relegations from the Championship into the fourth tier.

WHAT WE SAID:

 

Mark Cooper post Exeter City EFL Trophy

"It feels a bit strange at the minute with no fans, but we’re going to a big club who were in the Premier League not so long ago and we’re really looking forward to it. It would have been a great trip for our fans to go to a club like Bolton, but I’m sure there will be more times like this to share with them.

"Bolton have a new manager and they’re playing expansive football like his team did at Barrow. They’re possession-based, and they play through the pitch rather than over it.

"It’s not about playing out from the back as a gimmick. If there isn’t the option, then you clear it. It’s about playing the right pass and that’s what we all want."

TEAM NEWS:

Liam Kitching is back in contention after returning from injury to feature in Tuesday's EFL Trophy match with Exeter City - and new signing Scott Wagstaff is getting up-to-speed with his fitness after also playing in mid-week.

Elliott Whitehouse is unavailable - as he continues to serve his match-ban from his spell with Grimsby Town last season.

KEY PLAYER: Antoni Sarcevic

An extremely experienced player at this level, the 28-year-old has won three promotions from Sky Bet League Two - once with Fleetwood Town and twice with Plymouth Argyle, where he was nicknamed the 'Manchester Messi' by the Home Park faithful.

The attacking midfielder started his career at Crewe Alexandra after being released by Manchester City as a 15-year-old, but only featured on a few occasions for the Railwaymen before making the move to Chester - where he earned back-to-back promotions into the National League.

Three years at Fleetwood Town then followed for the former England C international - before a move to Shrewsbury Town, where he only made 12 appearances. Sarcevic then settled down on the Devon-coast with Argyle, becoming a firm fans favourite - but opted to make a move closer to home with Bolton Wanderers this summer, where he became club captain under newly-appointed manager Ian Evatt.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

Rovers have never previously played Bolton Wanderers in a competitive fixture - so Saturday's match will be the first match played between the two sides. 

COVERAGE:

This game will be available to watch live by subscribing HERE, or you can listen to the game with our audio service HERE, both abroad or in the UK.

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Full commentary of Saturday’s match will also be available on BBC Radio Gloucestershire on 1413AM.

Stay up to date also on Twitter and Instagram by following @FGRFC_Official, which will have all of the team news before kick-off and updates throughout the game.

There will also be key updates and team news on Facebook. Round-up the clash by checking out the club website where there will be a full report looking back on the encounter.