With no game at the weekend, Accrington have had plenty of time to reflect on their comfortable 3-0 victory over Salford City on New Year’s Day.
Shaun Whalley opened the scoring in the 14th minute, before Jack Nolan netted a brace to effectively clinch all three points by the half-time break.
While 10th-placed Accrington are just one point adrift of the top seven, they will put their playoff bid on hold to focus on their tricky EFL Trophy clash with Bolton.
Although they lost to the Trotters in the EFL Trophy semi-finals last season, Accrington enjoyed success in their most recent head-to-head meeting, claiming a narrow 1-0 victory when the two sides met in April’s League One contest.
The hosts will be looking to make home advantage count, having won their last three competitive matches at the Wham Stadium – a run that began with a 1-0 victory against Lincoln City in the previous round.
Bolton are hoping to win the trophy for the second straight season after beating Accrington on their way to thrashing Plymouth Argyle 4-0 in April’s final.
The Trotters are certainly enjoying a successful 2023-24 campaign, having won 16, drawn three and lost five of their 24 league matches to leave them in second position and just two points adrift of leaders Portsmouth with two games in hand.
They have also gone toe-to-toe with Premier League opposition, holding Luton Town to a goalless draw in Sunday’s FA Cup encounter at Kenilworth Road to send the third-round tie to a replay.
As a result of their strong defensive display against the Hatters, Bolton have now kept four consecutive clean sheets in all competitions.
They have also recorded eight shutouts in their previous 10 away matches, giving them a solid base to work from in Wednesday’s meeting with Accrington.