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Bolton Wanderers Team News

3 November 2016

DAVE Moore faced the press this afternoon, before taking his team across to Bolton in the Emirates FA Cup First Round on Saturday.

Moore has confirmed that Ashley Chambers could be in contention for a place in the squad, but will not be fit enough to start the game. "Ashley has done really well this week", said Moore. "He's taken part in all sessions and is available for selection." When questioned about Ben Davies, Dave Moore believes that this weekend will come too soon for the right back. "Ben Davies has not done as well, he's still suffering a little bit with that calf problem, so we have decided to shut that down and he will not be involved at the weekend". 

Looking at our opponents, Bolton currently sit 2nd in Football League One and the Caretaker manager sees it as a great test for the Mariners. "It's a great cup tie for us. It's a fantastic stadium, a Premier League certainly Championship setup in terms of stadium and facilities and on paper, the second hardest draw we could have had. They're second top of the highest division that's in the competition at the moment and they're going very well". Analysis has continuously been monitored throughout the week, with Moore again stating the task ahead of them will be difficult. "Nowadays we get so much information on teams, we've looked at some video of Bolton and they basically blew away Port Vale in 15 minutes, the game was done and dusted, so they're a team that come out of the traps very early. They're a very big, strong side with big players scattered around the team, aggressive, competitive men so we've got a tough task on our hands, we've got to perform at our absolute best". 

When asked about his approach to the game, Moore confirmed that he is not turning up just to make up numbers. "Some people will think it's a bit of a freebie, they don't expect us to go there and win but I definitely don't think that. I think we can go there and enjoy it, go there and look forward to it and go there with a little bit of freedom but I absolutely want to go there and give a full account of ourselves." Giving little away, Moore also confirmed that he does not plan to turn up and park the bus. "I'm not the kind of coach that will go there and put 5 at the back then 5 in front of them and nothing up top because the best way of giving ourselves a chance of winning is to enjoy some possession and get the ball in the final third. If we go there and just let them bombard us for 90 minutes, we won't hold out." 

Despite the challenge ahead, Dave Moore has told his players to enjoy the experience. "We've got to think about what we do when we get the ball, can we hurt them in some ways? But i've made it clear to the lads, it's definitely something to look forward too and they can still be in the hat on Saturday with a good performance". 

You can still purchase tickets for Saturday at the GTFC ticket office.

You will be able to catch the managers full pre-match press conference over on Mariners PlayerHD later this evening. 

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