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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Bolton Wanderers v Birmingham City

31 March 2018

Following their narrow defeat to Leeds United on Good Friday, Bolton Wanderers will be looking to bounce back in style when they welcome Birmingham City to Macron Stadium on Tuesday.

With the Whites looking to extend the gap between themselves and the bottom three as they bid to secure Sky Bet Championship football for next season, bwfc.co.uk picks out five talking points ahead of the visit of the Blues to BL6.

1. Six-pointer

With every last point vital to Wanderers and Birmingham City as they both look to secure Sky Bet Championship football next season, Tuesday night’s game could prove vital to both side’s fortunes come the end of the season.

Currently sitting 20th in the table, a victory for the Whites would see them extend the gap between themselves, the Blues and the bottom three with just six games to go, and could see them gain as many as two places in the table.

With Bolton faring well in previous games against sides around them, beating the likes of Sunderland, Hull City and Barnsley at Macron Stadium, the Trotters know how big an opportunity Tuesday night’s game is against another side fighting for survival.

2. Home form

The Trotters have lost just twice at home in the Sky Bet Championship since September and will be desperate to make home advantage count once again in front of what is set to be one of Macron Stadium’s biggest crowds of the season on Tuesday night.

If Wanderers do cement their Sky Bet Championship status for next season, it will be largely thanks to home form with 28 of their 39 points this term coming on home soil. Meanwhile, visitors Birmingham have picked up just 10 away points all campaign.

With the Blues set to be backed by a sold-out away following, the Whites need to make the most of every advantage possible to ensure another positive result in front of their home fans.

3. Kids for a Quid

It’s the Easter holidays so club bosses have lowered Under-18s ticket for Tuesday’s game to just £1, encouraging supporters to bring the whole family to watch their heroes against Birmingham City!

With Phil Parkinson’s men looking to build on their solid home form, now is the time to get behind your club and help them over the line with other tickets for the game priced at just £15 for adults and £7 for concessions.

Tickets are can be purchased in person at Bolton Central, by calling 0844 871 2932, option 2 then option 1 or by booking tickets online.

Supporters looking to upgrade their match day experience for this fixture can purchase hospitality places in the Lion of Vienna Suite for only £49 with our midweek football offer.

This includes a delicious one-course meal plus a cushioned seat in a prime viewing location.

Season ticket holders can upgrade their ticket to the Lion of Vienna Suite for just £50.

For further details or to book please contact the Sales Team 01204 673761, email sales@bwfc.co.uk or CLICK HERE to book online. 

4. ALF's scoring form

Adam Le Fondre’s header against Leeds United took his tally to the season to five, with three of his strikes coming in his last four appearances.

The popular forward has risen to the occasion in recent weeks following the departure of Gary Madine in January, rewarding his manager’s faith by showing that his appetite for goalscoring shows no signs of wavering!

Kick-starting his campaign with a stunning volley from the bench against Fulham, the 31-year-old has three goals from his last six starts, and a total of four goals from nine league starts all season.

With such form seeing Le Fondre establish himself as Bolton’s first-choice striker, he will be hungry to continue such form in the final weeks of the season.

5. Be loud, be proud and back the boys!

The club is expecting an electric atmosphere at Macron Stadium on Tuesday night, knowing that three points for the Trotters could prove pivotal in securing another year of Championship football.

Wanderers will need their supporters in full voice on Tuesday to help silence a vocal away following, to help cheer the Whites over the line and to get behind the team for the final stages of the season.

Be loud, be proud and back the boys!

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Report: Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Birmingham City

3 April 2018

A first-half strike from former Wanderers loanee Lukas Jutkiewicz gave ten-man Birmingham City the points at Macron Stadium.

The striker pounced onto a free kick late into the half to send the visitors a goal to the good.

And despite Birmingham having Che Adams sent off with just over 20 minutes remaining, Wanderers were unable to make their numerical advantage count.

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Phil Parkinson made just the one change from the side that suffered the narrow defeat at Leeds United on Good Friday with Karl Henry returning to the starting XI at the expense of Jan Kirchhoff who was named among the substitutes.

First Half

The game opened to a great atmosphere with both sets of fans in fine voice at the Macron Stadium where over 20,000 fans were in attendance for this Sky Bet Championship clash.

On the pitch, the pace was played at a fast tempo during the opening stages with Wanderers shading the possession.

The visitors had half chance 13 minutes into the game when Jacques Maghoma scuffed his effort away for a goal kick after cutting in from the left hand side. The winger ought to have done better given the opportunity he carved open for himself.

Will Buckley had a chance with his head but nodded wide of the far post.

Wanderers’ play was patient and their passing was somewhat intricate. A chance to burst in the box befell to Josh Vela whose attempted cutback into the penalty area was thwarted by the Birmingham defence.

The game was alternating between both halves of the pitch quite frequently, but neither keeper had a shot to save inside the opening half hour.

A Karl Henry defensive clearance fell to David Davis about 30 yards out but the Birmingham midfielder skied his shot high and wide over Alnwick’s bar.

The visitors took the lead five minutes before the break thanks to former Wanderers loanee Lukas Jutkiewicz who was the first player to get to Maghoma’s free-kick. The Birmingham number 10 drove the ball into the roof of the net giving Alnwick no chance.

Second Half

No changes were made during half-time with Wanderers determined to get a goal to bring themselves back on terms at the earliest available opportunity in front of the 21,097 crowd – Wanderers’ highest of the campaign so far.

Jutkiewicz was looking to add to his tally but his half-hearted left footed volley from just outside the box rolled into the expectant arms of Alnwick.

Flanagan was cautioned for a late foul on Che Adams which resulted in a dangerous free-kick that was cleared by Burke.

Wanderers made their first change after 56 minutes when Craig Noone came on for Derik.

Birmingham survived a huge penalty appeal when Jota appeared to handle Buckley’s cross into the box. Referee Oliver Langford dismissed Wanderers’ vociferous claims much to the chagrin of the home support.

The game turned on its head on the 67th minute when Che Adams was shown a straight red for a late challenge on substitute Noone, who managed to take the resulting free-kick which cannoned off the Birmingham wall for a corner.

Zach Clough came on for the last 20 minutes of the game to replace Buckley.

Clough’s sharpness in the box led to a chance for Le Fondre, whose looping effort landed on the roof of the net.

Wanderers’ final substitution came just moments later with Kirchhoff coming on for Henry.

But David Stockdale in the Birmingham goal was rarely troubled and the visitors held on to claim all three points.

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Kids for a Quid when Wanderers host Birmingham City

30 March 2018

Bolton Wanderers supporters aged under 18 will get to watch their heroes take on Birmingham City on Tuesday 3 April at Macron Stadium for just £1.

With Phil Parkinson’s men looking to build on their solid home form, the Club has decided to reduce its prices for children for this fixture which takes place during the Easter holidays.

Tickets for the game are priced at just £15 for adults and £7 for concessions.

Please note: all under 18 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are can be purchased from 9am on Monday 12 March in person at Bolton Central or by calling 0844 871 2932, option 2 then option 1.

Alternatively, supporters can book their tickets online.

Supporters looking to upgrade their match day experience for this fixture can purchase hospitality places in the Lion of Vienna Suite for only £49 with our midweek football offer.

This includes a delicious one-course meal plus a cushioned seat in a prime viewing location.

Season ticket holders can upgrade their ticket to the Lion of Vienna Suite for just £50.

 For further details or to book please contact the Sales Team 01204 673761, email sales@bwfc.co.uk or CLICK HERE to book online. 

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