Bolton Wanderers v Barnsley
Saturday 17 November, 2012
Kick-Off 3pmSetting The Scene
Bolton manager Dougie Freedman has secured five points from his opening three games with the Wanderers, and he will be hoping to extend his unbeaten start to life at the Reebok against Barnsley on Saturday afternoon.
Strikes from Mark Davies and Chung-Yong Lee twice gave the Trotters the lead last weekend at Bloomfield Road, but goals from Tom Ince and then substitute Nathan Delfouneso ensured Michael Appleton claimed a point in his first match as Blackpool manager.
Freedman’s side now awaits the arrival of Keith Hill’s Barnsley who are currently on a run of four consecutive defeats, as the South Yorkshire club find themselves sitting just above the relegation zone.
Hill was appointed manager at Oakwell in May 2011 after former boss Mark Robins resigned despite managing to keep the club in the second tier of English football.
The former Rochdale boss, accompanied by assistant David Flitcroft, guided The Tykes to safety in his first full season. Their survival was only secured when Portsmouth were deducted ten points for going into administration.
In an attempt to pull the Reds away from the relegation battle, Hill made a number of signings during the summer transfer window as Ben Alnwick, Toni Silva, Martin Cranie, Tomasz Cywka and Tom Kennedy all put pen to paper.
The Tykes also secured the services of former Egypt international Mido, who has previously enjoyed spells with Premier League sides Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham and Wigan.
But their new recruits haven’t brought a change of fortunes for Hill’s side as they once again find themselves in a fight against relegation, while Freedman’s men continue their move up the table.
One To Watch – Craig Davies
The Wanderers defence will have to be wary of Welsh international Craig Davies, who has been a constant threat all season leading the Barnsley frontline.
The 26-year-old, who has enjoyed previous spells at Manchester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brighton & Hove Albion, has notched up seven league goals in 11 appearances this season and the pacey striker is currently the club’s top scorer.
Loan signing Jacob Butterfield will be available to make his debut for the Whites as the Trotters welcome the former England Under-21 international’s former club.
Aside from the long-term injuries to David Wheater, Stuart Holden, Josh Vela and Andy Lonergan (all knee), Freedman has a full squad from which to choose.
Barnsley will have striker Marcus Tudgay available after he secured a loan move from Nottingham Forest to Oakwell on Wednesday.
Man In The Middle – Carl Berry
Referee Carl Berry will take charge of his Championship game of the season on Saturday at the Reebok. He has so far shown 32 yellow cards and four red cards in 11 games this season.
The Surrey based referee has dismissed two players during Portsmouth’s League One clash with Oldham at the beginning of September, and he has shown two more red cards this season to Cheltenham’s Alan Bennett and Bournemouth’s Harry Arter.
Supporters should be aware that the FanZone facility will not be in operation in the run-up to the 3pm kick-off.