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Bolton Wanderers v Rochdale: LIVE

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Live updates as Wanderers host Rochdale in the league for the first time in 28 years

John McGinlay
The last time Rochdale came to Bolton this geezer scored twice

The last time Rochdale visited Bolton Wanderers for a league match reggae group Aswad was number one in the UK charts with the 'classic' hit Don't Turn Around. Not since 26th March 1988 have The Dale made the 12-mile journey for a league game, and they have never previously visited the Reebok / Macron Stadium.

Prior to the reverse fixture earlier this season, which Rochdale won 1-0, it was also some 24 years since the two sides last met in any competition - an FA Cup clash that Bolton won 4-0.

It's worth noting that Bolton have never lost a home game against tonight's opponents. Bolton have scored 35 goals in the side's 15 previous clashes, including two 4-0 wins, a 4-1, a 5-1 and a 6-3 hammering back in 1969.

Adam Le Fondre, facing his former club, retains his starting place as Phil Parkinson sticks with the same eleven that started Saturday's 4-1 victory over Walsall. On the bench, there's a real shock as Dorian Dervite makes a return from obscurity - presumably as some kind of hilarious Valentine's Day prank by Parky.

The visitors look to be going with a very narrow 4-4-2, with big Calvin Andrew and Ian Henderson up front. No prizes for guessing how they're likely to play.

Here are tonight's starting lineups. You can keep up with all the action from the Macron in the Comments section below, and feel free to keep me entertained on this lonely Valentine's Day evening. Cue the violins.

Bolton Wanderers (3-5-2):

Ben Alnwick; Derik Osede, David Wheater, Mark Beevers; Filipe Morais; Jay Spearing; Liam Trotter; Dean Moxey; Josh Vela; Gary Madine, Adam Le Fondre.

Substitutes: Conor Wilkinson, Chris Long, Viv Solomon-Otabor, Tom Thorpe, Dorian Dervite, Dean Moxey, Mark Howard.

Rochdale (4-4-2):

Ben Wilson; Joe Rafferty, Harrison McGahey, Niall Canavan, Mark Kitching; Joe Thompson, Jamie Allen, Keith Keane, Oliver Rathbone; Calvin Andrew, Ian Henderson.

Substitutes: Conrad Logan, Jimmy McNulty, Peter Vincenti, Callum Camps, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Reuben Noble-Lazarus, Jack Redshaw.

And in case the game is crap, here's a bit of Aswad for you to enjoy instead: