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INTERVIEW: Bolton are an entertaining team

Reds up against former players Dion Charles and James Trafford tomorrow

17 April 2022

Accrington Stanley make the short trip to Bolton tomorrow with a bumper crowd expected after Wanderers put on a £10 ticket deal.

Wanderers are in 11th place in League One – three places above the Reds with nine more points.

The match has added spice in that Bolton have both Man City goalkeeper James Trafford and striker Dion Charles playing for them -  both of who played for Stanley this season.

The Reds won their last outing on their travels – their first away win since November – and will be looking to build on that with a strong end to the season.

“It’s a great stadium to go to,” said boss John Coleman. “I have watched them quite a bit this season and they are an exciting side to watch.

“They are dangerous, they can score goals at the drop of a hat and I like watching them but hopefully I am not watching them play too much on Monday but I am watching my team play.

“Holiday games are a little bit special, everyone seems to be in a better mood, probably because they aren’t working, and I hope we can our travelling fans what they deserve as they have had to put up with a lot this season.”

Of the two former Stanley players Coleman said:  “James did really well, I like him, he is a good goalkeeper with a great future. He had a bit of a dip and we put Toby (Savin) in and Toby was outstanding.

“James wanted to play first team football, he had the opportunity to do it at Bolton and I hope he goes on and does well – just not tomorrow.”

Charles has scored six goals for Bolton this season since he made the move in January.

The striker had formed a formidable partnership with Colby Bishop at the Wham last season, with 20 goals.

Coleman said: “Dion is Dion – we see the same Dion playing for Bolton, he scores goals, he never gives defenders a minute on the ball, sometimes he is guilty of losing the ball in important areas and he still doesn’t get the fouls he should get.

“He is a very good player, I hope he goes on and has a good career. This move to Bolton, they can spend money so they should be challenging next year and he might get his wish to play in the Championship soon with them.

“It was the best outcome was he got transferred, we got money for him. I had no issue with Dion except we had been negotiating for two years on a contract, he seemed to want to see it out and I wasn’t prepared for that to happen and I had to take steps to stop it happening. In that way, everyone was a winner.”

The full pre-match interview with John Coleman is available to watch on the club's official YouTube channel, CLICK HERE to find out more!


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