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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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Match Reports

Report: Burton Albion 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

28 April 2018

Two first-half goals from Hope Akpan and Lucas Akins gave Burton Albion the maximum points against Bolton Wanderers at the Pirelli Stadium.

Wanderers had started brightly but were unable to make their early advantage count as Akpan put the hosts in front just before the half-hour mark.

Akins put the Brewers firmly in charge eight minutes later when he fired beyond Alnwick.

Wanderers had their keeper to thank for preventing their scoreline from being more emphatic after making a string of second-half saves as Wanderers strived in vain to get on the scoresheet.

Team News

Phil Parkinson made four changes from the side that lost to Wolves last weekend. In came Andrew Taylor, Dorian Dervite, Derik and Craig Noone at the expense of Antonee Robinson, David Wheater, Filipe Morais and Will Buckley – the four of whom were named among the substitutes.

First Half

Wanderers enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges with Sammy Ameobi controlling the ball well on the left flank before firing a low cross across the face of goal.

At the other end, Derik cleared a dangerous cross after John Brayford put in a dangerous cross on the overlap as Burton broke forward.

Ben Alnwick made the game’s first save after eight minutes when Hope Akpan’s drive from distance went straight into his arms.

Le Fondre was the beneficiary of a stunning long range cross field pass off Noone, but the frontman was unable to get his left-footed volley on target to trouble Stephen Bywater.

Henry flashed wide after some good build up play by the visitors who were starting to turn up the heat on their opponents.

But the hosts took the lead on 28 minutes through Akpan who powered his way through and fired beyond Alnwick into the top corner.

Akins nearly doubled the Brewers’ advantage when he powered a header towards goal only for Alnwick to make a low save at the expense of a corner.

Pratley had his name taken by the referee for a foul on Kyle McFadzean.

The hosts doubled their lead on 36 minutes through Akins who was the first to react to a goalmouth scramble and steer beyond Alnwick.

Sordell went close to adding a third for Albion as the half drew to a close.

Second Half

Parkinson made a double change during the break with Buckley and Morais on for Derik and Flanagan.

A volley from Buckley, after Wanderers had put Burton under pressure, deflected for a corner as the visitors strove to get themselves back into the game.

Morais’ free-kick went agonisingly wide after Le Fondre was felled.

At the other end, Alnwick pulled off a stunning save to keep out Liam Boyce whose thunderous volley was parried behind for a corner.

With twenty minutes of the game remaining, Parkinson made his final substitution of the afternoon when Wilbraham replaced Henry.

Alnwich and Taylor came to the rescue for Wanderers in quick succession to keep out Sordell and then Akins both at close range.

Murphy then blazed over from close range after being put through by Boyce.

Alnwick made another fantastic save to thwart Boyce who sprang the offside trap and charged towards goal only for the Wanderers shot stopper to get his hand on the effort.

Ultimately, Wanderers were unable to find a way past Stephen Bywater.

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Ticket News

Ticket bulletin: Friday 27 April

27 April 2018

Welcome to the ticket update for Friday 27 April. Here you will find all the information you need in a simple-to-read format regarding match tickets for Bolton Wanderers' upcoming fixtures.

Burton Albion (A)

Saturday 21 April






Nottingham Forest

Sunday 6 May


Open sale

Adults: From £30

Over-65s: From £24

Under-23s: From £24

Under-18s: £12

Under-12s: £10

*Family Tickets are only available to purchase in the Bolton at Home Family Stand, situated in the North Stand Upper Tier

Corporate hospitality packages at home games are also available to Bolton Wanderers supporters. For more information email, phone the commercial team on 01204 673761, or buy online HERE.

Tickets and official club travel can be bought online at, in-person at Bolton Central or over the phone on 0844 871 2932 then press option two followed by option one.

Please note, it is a criminal offence to take alcohol onto coaches which are travelling to sporting events as per The Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol) Act 1985. Bolton Wanderers reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone in possession or under the influence of alcohol. Any alcohol found on the coach will be confiscated.


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