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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Bolton Wanderers v Wolves

20 April 2018

As Wanderers prepare to host already-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers in their penultimate home game of the season, highlights five talking points ahead of the match.

1. Home comforts

Bolton Wanderers return to Macron Stadium on Saturday as they host already-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers.

While recent standards at home have slipped, losing three of their last four outings against Preston North End, Birmingham City and Millwall, the Whites will be eager to recapture their form from earlier in the season which included a run of just one league defeat in five months at BL6.

And having picked up home victories against fellow high-flyers Cardiff City, Bristol City and Aston Villa over the course of the season, Bolton will be looking to replicate such results and once against cause an upset in front of their own fans. 

2. Party-poopers

Visitors Wolves need just a point on Saturday to secure the Sky Bet Championship title, having clinched promotion to the Premier League last weekend.

Boasting a 12-point lead at the table of the table, there is no doubt that West Midlands-based side will finish the season as Champions, with nearest challengers Cardiff City needing maximum points and a big turnaround in goal difference to steal the crown.

But with the Bluebirds playing in tomorrow's evening kick-off against Nottingham Forest, Phil Parkinson's men can delay the inevitable when they welcome Wolves to BL6, motivated by their own desire to secure their place in the second tier next season and boosted by last weekend's comeback draw away at Barnsley.

And having suffered a hard to stomach 5-1 defeat at Molineux earlier in the season, the Trotters will be playing for their own personal pride as well as league survival as they look to spoil the party on Saturday.

3. Former Wolves

With four former Wolves players on the books at Macron Stadium, Wanderers have a number of players who will be looking to get one over on their former employers come 3pm on Saturday.

Wolverhampton-born Karl Henry spent seven seasons with the club between 2006 and 2013, helping the club win promotion to the top-flight and successfully fight against relegation, while Mark Little started his career at Molineux having come through the club's youth ranks, ensuring both players will be afforded a warm reception by the travelling fans to Macron Stadium.

On the other side of the coin, Adam Le Fondre and David Wheater both endured forgettable loan spells with the club earlier in their careers.

All four players started the Whites' last match against Barnsley and will be hungry to retain their places as Bolton look to finish the season strongly.

4. Penultimate home game

This weekend's game will be the Trotters' last 3pm Saturday kick-off at Macron Stadium for another season as Wanderers take to the field for their penultimate game of the campaign.

With their home form predominantly strong during Phil Parkinson's reign as manager, the Whites will be looking to once again pick up a result in front of their home fans.

And with Wolves set to be backed a big away following, desperate to see their side win the title, the scene is set for an impressive atmosphere at Macron Stadium.

5. Back the boys!

With only three games of the season remaining, Bolton need every last fan to help the club over the line as they look to secure survival!

With a large crowd expected for the visit of the West Midlanders, the club is advising supporters to buy their tickets in advance of the fixture and to print at home to avoid large queues on the day.

So, why not secure your ticket for the game now and get behind the lads as they aim to get a positive result against the league leaders.

Tickets are priced from £28 per adult, £22 for Under-23s and Over-65s, £11 for Under-18s and £9 for Under-12s and can be bought HERE.

Be the 12th man and show your tremendous support to Phil Parkinson and his Super White Army this Saturday! Click here now or call 0844 871 2932 followed by option two then option one.

Please note: tickets will only be available to supporters who have purchased tickets previously at Bolton Wanderers Football Club.

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Match Reports

Report: Barnsley 2-2 Bolton Wanderers

14 April 2018

Bolton Wanderers had victory snatched away from them at Oakwell after battling their way back into contest.

The hosts had taken the lead in the first half through Gary Gardner but two goals in the second period in the space of three minutes from Adam Le Fondre and Craig Noone had seemingly swung the contest in favour of the visitors.

But Oliver McBurnie’s injury time header ensured the points were shared.

Team News

Phil Parkinson made four changes to the side that lost to Millwall in midweek as Wanderers aimed to arrest their four-game losing streak against a Barnsley side that sat just one place and two points below them in the Sky Bet Championship. Filipe Morais returned at the expense of Craig Noone, while wing backs Antonee Robinson and Mark Little came on for Andrew Taylor and Jon Flanagan, while Reece Burke came in for Derik.

First Half

Backed by just under 3,000 travelling fans, Wanderers started the brighter of the two and enjoyed far more possession than their hosts during the early stages.

Playing in a 3-4-3 formation, the visitors seemed set on attacking from the off with Barnsley’s sole outlet up front coming in the guise of Kieffer Moore.

Brad Potts registered the game’s first effort in target after Barnsley were afforded some time and space just outside the Wanderers box. The midfielder’s effort, though, lacked the power to trouble Ben Alnwick.

The chance saw the hosts get back into the game and they opened the scoring through Gary Gardner who rifled the ball into the roof of the net after Wanderers had cleared off their own line through Wheater and Beevers in the run up to the goal.

Adam Davies came to the rescue for Barnsley as he kept out a Sammy Ameobi right footer as Wanderers pressed for an equaliser.

At the other end, Wanderers struggle to clear a corner and McBurnie was allowed a run on goal only to see his curling effort sail narrowly wide of Alnwick’s left hand post.

Wanderers tried to rally as the half drew to a close and Henry saw a volley deflect for a corner.

Second Half

Will Buckley came on for Reece Burke during the break as Parkinson made an attacking change to try and get Wanderers back into the contest.

Wanderers attacked from the off and Buckley’s right sided  cross found its way to Robinson whose shot went narrowly wide.

The hosts survived a vociferous claim for a penalty after a Tykes defender appeared to handle Le Fondre’s shot. From the resulting corner Wheater saw a towering header cleared off the line by Reds’ captain Andy Yiadom.

Wheater had another shot charged down at the expense of a corner as Wanderers tried in vain to get a goal.

Barnsley should have made it two when Moore rose high above everyone else to get his head on Hammill’s right sided cross but the big striker headed over much to the relief of Alnwick.

Parkinson immediately made another attacking change with Craig Noone coming on for Little for the remaining 20 minutes.

But Barnsley still had ambitions of their own to score as Moncur broke forward and charged towards goal but Alnwick kept out the midfielder’s strike and McBurnie’s rebound was cleared.

At the other end Le Fondre went on a powerful run only to see his goalbound effort deflect for a goalkick.

Wanderers got themselves back into the contest in dramatic fashion after Le Fondre picked himself up to score from the spot. There had been a delay in the penalty being taken after referee Mike Jones had to deal with an off-the-ball incident involving Pratley and McBurnie, both of whom were shown a yellow card.

And just moments later substitute Noone put Wanderers in front to spark wild scenes of celebration amongst the passionate Wanderers faithful.

Ameobi caused mayhem over on the right and the ball broke to Noon who crashed home with his right foot to register his first goal in a Wanderers shirt.

Barnsley weren’t deterred and grabbed an injury time equaliser through McBurnie who head home a corner to ensure both sides took home a point.

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Ticket News

Pay on the day confirmed for Barnsley

13 April 2018

Barnsley Football Club have confirmed that a pay on the day option will be available for Bolton supporters at Oakwell this Saturday.

Wanderers fans will be able to buy tickets from the North Stand turnstiles this weekend on a cash only basis.

Adult, Over-65 and Under-22 price bands will increase by £2 on the day, while no Under-17s or Under-12s tickets will be available and must be purchased in advance of the fixture.

Any supporters who have organised for their tickets to be sent to Barnsley for collection or have their tickets duplicated, these will be left at the main reception situated next to the South Stand Ticket Office.

Prices prior to 2pm tomorrow and on the day are as follows:

General Prices (Pay On The Day)

Adults - £30 (£32)
Over-65s - £22 (£24)
Under-22s - £22 (£24)
*Under-17s - £10 (N/A)
*Under-12s - £5 (N/A)

Official coach travel is also available, costing £17 per person. All coaches depart Macron Stadium at 12 noon.

How To Buy

Phone – 0844 871 2932 (option 2 then option 1)
In Person – Visit Bolton Central

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