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Match preview: Last 16 of the cup!

3 January 2022

Hartlepool United are looking to reach the quarter-finals of the Papa John's Trophy as the host Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday evening (7pm KO). The Trotters play a division higher than Graeme Lee's side, but that won't worry Pools after wins over Lincoln City and Sheffield Wednesday already this season.

 
The Opposition
 
Bolton come into the fixture on the back of a three-match losing run after defeats to Rotherham, Accrington Stanley, and Fleetwood. The latter were the side defeated by Bolton in their previous Papa John's Trophy fixture, with the Trotters going through after Kieran Lee's goal.
 
Led by former Chesterfield and Barrow manager Ian Evatt, the side features former Scotland and Rangers goalkeeper Matt Gilks, experienced defender Alex Baptiste, and former Aston Villa and Blackburn forward Nathan Delfouneso.
 
The History
 
This will be just the ninth meeting between the sides, with Pools winning two, drawing two, and losing four of the previous encounters. The last meeting between the sides came in 1998 as Pools were defeated 3-0 in the Worthington Cup. Graeme Lee played in the match, picking up a booking as part of the under-siege backline.
 
Team News
 
Tyler Burey has returned to Millwall following Saturday's game and Jordan Cook went off injured, meaning Pools' forward line is likely to be limited on Tuesday. Luke Molyneux, Mark Cullen, Fela Olomola, and Joe Grey will be available in attack, with support coming from the midfield wolfpack, Nicky Featherstone, Mark Shelton, and Gavan Holohan, as well as Tom Crawford and cup specialist, Maty Daly.
 
How to Follow
 
If you can't make it to the Suit Direct Stadium, the game is available on iFollow via live stream. Purchase your video pass now:
 

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