14 January 2020 20:34
Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from LincolnshireLive - Daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Lincoln City are back in action at the LNER Stadium tonight against League One's bottom side, Bolton Wanderers. The Trotters have been propping up the table since being hit with a 12-point penalty at the start of the season. Here is the lowdown ahead of the game, including team news, the views of both managers and the referee. Team news Michael Bostwick and Lee Frecklington remain sidelined while the team picked up a few "bumps and bruises" during Saturday's 1-1 draw at Shrewsbury, according to Michael Appleton. Jake Hesketh is a doubt after coming off just before half-time with an ankle injury.
If he is ruled out, new signing Tayo Edun, who was an unused substitute on Saturday, or Zack Elbouzedi could come into the side. Harry Anderson could return to the squad after missing training last week with a hip injury. If not, it is hoped he will be available for Saturday's clash with Blackpool. Michael Appleton: Bolton are a 'dangerous side' "They're dangerous. That's the best way I can describe them because of the situation they're in. They're clearly going into games with no fear or pressure on them. There's may be an expectation within the club and from their own fans, I don't know. But looking from the outside, it's a difficult situation for them to be in. I had something similar when I was at Portsmouth. They may get a few more signings before the game starts. So they're dangerous because you don't really know what you're going to get. We've just got to concentrate on ourselves. I think we've done that quite well here. The results and performances suggest that. It [having 12 home games left] is going to be massively important and everyone knows that, fans included. They've picked up on that in the games we've played recently. They've been magnificent and the atmosphere for the Ipswich and Peterborough games was fantastic." Keith Hill: Appleton 'knows his onions' "Lincoln are making steady progress. They've been on an unlucky trail themselves, falling into non-league, but they've rebuilt and have a massive fan-base. And it is massive, getting 7,000 guaranteed home supporters, when you consider the size of Lincoln. They've built what looks to be a sustainable football business model. I know Michael Appleton, he knows his onions. He's got a good squad and a good opportunity to spend money wisely. It's a difficult proposition for us but one we're embracing. I've seen plenty of encouragement from the players on the training pitch." (Image: PA) The referee Neil Hair will be the man in the middle tonight. In 18 games this season he has dished out 58 yellow cards and three reds. His last Imps game was last season's 2-2 home draw with Carlisle – the infamous 'Water-gate' match when Danny Cowley complained about the lack of water on the pitch. The odds An Imps win is 8/15 with Sky Bet. The draw can be backed at 14/5 while a Bolton win is 19/4.