Bolton Wanderers welcome League Two new boys, Grimsby Town to The Macron Stadium on Saturday as the pair battle it out in the First Round of the FA Cup.
Bolton will be without their experienced captain, Jay Spearing who has picked up a groin injury ruling him out for four weeks, whilst academy graduate, Josh Vela has also been ruled out of Saturday’s fixture following a one-game suspension.
Former Real Madrid Castilla defender, Derik is also doubtful ahead of Saturday’s cup match.
Dave Moore will take charge of Grimsby Town for the second time following his appointment as caretaker manager. His first game in charge saw the Mariners draw 0-0 with Yeovil last weekend.
Bolton’s opponents, Grimsby are currently eighth in League Two following their promotion last season. The Mariners have 21 points leaving them just a point outside of the League Two play-off places.
Bolton defender, David Wheater who joined the club in 2011 from Middlesbrough spoke about Saturday’s fixture saying: “We will go into this tie the same as we go into league games, with the aim to win and then hopefully start a good cup run.
“I predict that we will give everything to win and hopefully keep the winning feeling going that we are enjoying right now.”
The FA Cup is often used by managers to introduce new talent into the side by giving academy players an opportunity within the first team setup.
Wheater who made his Bolton debut in the FA Cup against Wigan went on to speak about his side’s young players: “It is a great way to give youth a chance, but obviously it is down to the manager what team he picks.
“The young players should strive to play in this competition though.”
When questioned about how important the FA Cup is for a Football League side, the former England U21 said: “FA Cup football is important because it gives players the chance to play at stadiums that you wouldn’t normally get the chance to go to in the league and as players, you always want to play at the best grounds.”
Bolton have impressed so far this season, and currently find themselves in second place in League One just three points behind league leaders, Scunthorpe United.
The Trotters have won their previous six games scoring a total of 11 goals in the process, making them favourites in the clash.
Wheater was also keen to express the ambition his Bolton side share saying: “Promotion is our only aim, whether it be by finishing first, second or through the play-offs.
“We would like to win the league though and maybe get a trophy, but promotion is the priority.”
Last season Bolton had 30 points to their name at the end of the season as they were relegated from the Championship, this year the side already have recorded 31.
The 29-year-old finished by saying: “This season, I think the team is working harder for each other and the whole club just feels a bit more stable than last year which will always help on the pitch.”