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Live updates as Bolton face a Lancashire hotpot as they visit Rochdale in the league for the first time in 29 years

Deadline Day signing Tom Thorpe makes his full debut tonight - but he looks a little different now
Deadline Day signing Tom Thorpe makes his full debut tonight - but he looks a little different now
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Without a win in five games a big Lancashire derby may well be the last thing Bolton Wanderers needed. Tonight they make the short trip to Rochdale, looking for a much-needed three points.

Wanderers haven't visited Spotland Stadium in the league in nearly three decades, since the two sides played out a 2-2 draw in Division 4 on 24th October 1987. The two sides haven't played each other in any competitive game since December 1992, when Bolton beat Rochdale 4-0 in an FA Cup Second Round clash.

Wanderers are without Mr Dependable Mark Beevers tonight, with the injured centre-half replaced by full debutant Tom Thorpe - a former Manchester United youth team captain. Keshi Anderson also returns to the starting lineup following his ridiculous suspension for his ridiculous sending off and plays alongside Jamie Proctor, who is so goal-shy that he genuinely makes Gary Madine look like an actual Goal Machine. Madine is still injured by the way, and Zach Clough is making yet another attempt at the world's slowest injury comeback. Chris Taylor also comes back into the starting lineup, with Josh Vela dropping to the bench, which suggests Phil Parkinson may be switching to a flat 4-4-2. Shock horror.

I have absolutely no idea how Rochdale will be lining up. They appear to have a forward (according to Wikipedia) playing at left-back, in Joe Bunney, and have no fewer than four strikers on the bench (according to Wikipedia). I'd suggest they have something of a defensive injury / suspension crisis.

We'll bring you all the action from Spotfield as it happens in the Comments section below. Let us know your thoughts on all things Wanderers related in the same place too.

Rochdale
GK Josh Lillis
RB Joe Rafferty
CB Keith Keane
CB Niall Canavan
LB Joe Bunney
RM Jamie Allen
CM Matty Lund
CM Callum Camps
LM Joe Thompson
CF Ian Henderson
CF Calvin Andrew
SUBSTITUTES
Conrad Logan
Harrison McGahey
Donal McDermott
Oliver Rathbone
Reuben Noble-Lazarus
Steven Davies
Sanmi Odelusi

Bolton Wanderers
GK Mark Howard
RB Lawrie Wilson
CB David Wheater
CB Tom Thorpe
LB Dean Moxey
RM Chris Taylor
CM Jay Spearing
CM Liam Trotter
LM James Henry
CF Keshi Anderson
CF Jamie Proctor
SUBSTITUTES
Zach Clough
Josh Vela
Derik Osede
Andrew Taylor
Sammy Ameobi
Alex Perry
Ben Alnwick