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Posted Thu 28 Mar 13

Charlton match preview

Setting the scene
Bolton Wanderers will return to action this weekend following the international break with a trip to the Capital to face Charlton Athletic.

Wanderers will be looking to get back to winning ways after their eight game unbeaten run came to a halt two weeks ago at Ipswich Town courtesy of Carlos Edwards’ late winner for the Tractor Boys.

Charlton, who won the League One title last season, are seven points behind the Whites in the Championship table and are managed by former Addicks full back Chris Powell.

Like Bolton, Charlton will be looking to get back to winning ways in the npower Championship after suffering a 2-0 defeat against FA Cup semi-finalists Millwall before the international break.

Team news
Loan captures Danny Butterfield and Robert Hall are both available for selection for this weekend’s trip to the Valley.

Irish midfielder Keith Andrews will miss out through injury, likewise full back Tyrone Mears.

USA midfielder Stuart Holden will also be missing after joining Sheffield Wednesday on a short term loan deal. 

One to watch – Johnnie Jackson
We have identified Charlton’s number four Johnnie Jackson as the player to watch out for in the home dressing room this weekend.

The 30-year-old, who can operate on the left hand side or in the middle of the park, joined the south London outfit in July 2010 from Notts County and is currently their club captain.

Beginning his career at Premier League giants Tottenham, Johnson scored his first professional goal coincidently against Charlton in 2004.

Enjoying loan spells at various different lower league clubs including Swindon Town, Derby County and Colchester United, Johnson departed White Hart Lane on a permanent basis to the latter in the summer of 2006.

After three years in Essex and clocking up over 100 appearances, Johnson joined Notts County in 2009 and played a part in the Magpies winning the League Two title in 2010.

Shortly after his success at Meadow Lane, Jackson signed for Charlton and played a key role in the club winning promotion back to the Championship by winning his second league title in three years.

Head to head
Wanderers have faced Saturday’s opponents 75 times in the league, with the Whites having the upper hand with 38 wins compared to Charlton’s 24.

Wanderers’ supporters have enjoyed some memorable visits to The Valley, winning three of their last four visits when the teams were playing in the Premier League.

Just over 11 years ago former French international Youri Djorkaeff scored twice in a 2-1 Bolton victory.

The referee
The referee for this weekend’s npower Championship clash is Trevor Kettle from Berkshire. It will be the first time Mr Kettle has officiated a Bolton Wanderers’ fixture.

Refereeing since the beginning of the 2002/03 season, Mr Kettle has handed out 113 yellow cards and six reds in 30 games so far this season.

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