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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Burton Albion v Bolton Wanderers

26 April 2018

With Wanderers back on their travels as they make the trip to Burton Albion for their penultimate game of the season this weekend, highlights five talking points ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash at the Pirelli Stadium.

1. Season-defining

The fight at the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship continues into the penultimate weekend of the season with the drop facing two more teams after Sunderland's relegation to the third tier was confirmed last weekend.

Barnsley’s defeat at Nottingham Forest during the week means that Wanderers’ fate is ultimately back in their own hands.

Should Phil Parkinson’s men win at the Pirelli Stadium this weekend and Barnsley fail to beat Brentford at Oakwell, the Whites will be safe from the drop with Barnsley and Burton both relegated. There is a job to be done!

2. Final away day

Saturday's trip to the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday afternoon sees Bolton play their final away game of the 2017/18 Sky Bet Championship season.

Having been held to an enthralling 2-2 draw against Barnsley at Oakwell in the last away fixture, the Trotters will be hoping to end a run on the road which has seen just one win in the last nine (v Sheffield United at Bramall Lane in late December).

With Wanderers memories looking back to last term's spring victory over Port Vale, Phil Parkinson's men will be looking to recreate last year's campaign finale with points vitally important at this latter stage of the season.

3. Maiden trip to the Pirelli Stadium

Saturday's game marks the Whites' first ever visit to the Pirelli Stadium, having only played Burton Albion twice before in the club's history.

With a potential three points vital to both sides as they look to secure their place in the Sky Bet Championship for next season, Bolton will be hungry to ensure their first away clash with the Brewers proves to be a successful one!

4. Revenge!

Aside from the obvious reasons to try and get what could be a decisive victory this weekend, the Trotters will be looking to avenge the Brewers after they picked up a narrow victory at the Macron Stadium back in December.

Lloyd Dyer’s first half goal proved enough to give the visitors the three points on that afternoon, despite Wanderers dominating the majority of the game.

Having also suffered a late 1-0 defeat when the two sides met at BL6 in the League Cup in August 2015, the Whites are due both goals and a win against Nigel Clough's side.

5. Big away following!

The importance of the travelling Bolton army goes without saying this weekend.

With the away allocation at the Pirelli Stadium limited due to the low capacity of the stadium, tickets for Saturday's encounter have sold incredibly fast and Phil Parkinson’s side will be backed by a sold out away end of just over 1,500 supporters!

With the Trotters' travelling support being at its finest as they clock up the miles over the course of the season, and with the game potentially decisive to the Trotters' eventual final league position, Wanderers supporters will once again be in full voice and could well make the difference in what will be a crucial afternoon of football.

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Report: Bolton Wanderers 0-4 Wolverhampton Wanderers

21 April 2018

Bolton Wanderers suffered a heavy defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers who went on to pick up the Sky Bet Championship crown.

Despite a promising start from the hosts, two goals in each half from the visitors consigned Phil Parkinson’s men to a 4-0 defeat.

Team News

The Wanderers manager made two changes from the side that drew 2-2 against Barnsley last week with Jon Flanagan and Will Buckley coming in for Mark Little and Reece Burke respectively.

First Half

Wolves earned a corner with their first attack after Diogo Silva’s shot deflected behind. The resulting kick went straight into the arms of Ben Alnwick though.

Former Wanderers loanee Benik Afobe latched onto a lay off moment later but skewed his shot well wide of goal.

The hosts earned a free kick over on the far side and Morais’ well struck free kick evaded everybody in the Wolves box to edge out for a goal kick. Darren Pratley appeared to be just inches away from getting a glancing header onto the ball.

Ameobi went on a dangerous run into the Wolves box before a defender managed to get a vital challenge in at the expense of a corner.

Shortly afterwards Morais managed to get in a powerful strike after latching on an Ameobi layoff but his effort went high and wide.

The game had a great tempo about it with both sides enjoying plenty of activity in each other’s penalty areas.

Mark Beevers got in the way of an Afobe strike after the frontman powered his way towards goal. The resulting corner came to nothing.

However, the visitors opened the scoring through Barry Douglas who latched onto a rebound from Alnwick who had parried an initial save.

Morais tried to catch John Ruddy off guard as he cottoned on to Buckley’s quick free kick but his header failed to trouble the Wolves ‘keeper.

Le Fondre was unfortunate not to be able to get enough power on to a volley as he received Robinson’s cross with his back to goal. The forward controlled the ball well and span around, but hit the ball straight at Ruddy.

Wolves’ goal didn’t seem to deter Wanderers and they were still keeping up the tempo.

Another Morais free-kick from wide caused problems for the visitors who should have been punished when Beevers rose to get his head to the ball. However, the big defender was unable to get his effort on target and the ball went out for a goal kick.

Silva had a chance with a bullet header but Alnwick was sharp to the danger and got both his hands to punch the ball away to safety.

The visitors got their second on the stroke of half time through Afobe who rounded a stranded Alnwick to fire into the unguarded net.

Second Half

No substitutions were made by either side during the interval but that didn’t prevent the visitors from getting their third with Silva prodding past Alnwick just seven minutes into the half.

Wheater received a caution when he halted a dangerous Wolves attack that resulted in a free kick for Neves, whose well struck drive just went over Alnwick’s bar.

Parkinson made his first change when he brought on Vela for Pratley after 58 minutes.

Wheater saw his header rebound off Ruddy as Wanderers pressed for a consolation goal that would help with goal difference come May.

Craig Noone replaced Will Buckley as Parkinson made another change.

However, Wolves picked up their fourth from the spot through Connor Coady after Karl Hnery felled Afobe in the box. The midfielder drilled the ball in straight down the middle to extend the visitors emphatic scoreline.

Wadnerers final change saw Clough come on for Le Fondre.

But come full time, the scoreline remained at 4-0.

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Beat the queues, print your Wolves tickets at home!

20 April 2018

As Bolton Wanderers prepare to host Wolves for our penultimate Sky Bet Championship home match of the season on Saturday afternoon, supporters are reminded that they can print tickets from the comfort of their own home to avoid queuing at a busy Macron Stadium.

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 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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