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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Derby County v Bolton Wanderers

6 April 2018

Following their narrow defeat to Birmingham City on Tuesday, Bolton Wanderers will be looking to bounce back when they travel to Pride Park to face Derby County on Saturday.

With the Whites looking to climb the table and pull themselves away from the chasing pack, bwfc.co.uk picks out five talking points ahead of the visit to the East Midlands.

1. Away Fortunes

Despite the narrow defeat to Leeds on Good Friday, Wanderers’ away record has improved in recent weeks.

The Whites have picked up points in three of their last four away games, drawing against Norwich, Reading and Sheffield Wednesday.

Another result this Saturday would go a long way however and give the outstanding travelling fans more to cheer about.

2. Derby’s Form

Despite sitting in the play-off places, Derby’s 1-0 win at Preston North End on Monday was their first since early February.

The Rams had recorded three losses and five draws in their previous eight matches before their recent victory.

The match should certainly be an entertaining one too - there have been 28 goals in Derby’s last 10 games, with Gary Rowett’s side scoring 13 and conceding 15.

3. Top Ten Successes

Since the beginning of December, Wanderers have enjoyed an excellent spell against the teams in the current top ten of the Sky Bet Championship.

The Whites have picked up four wins and a draw in their last seven matches against the league’s best, keeping a clean sheet in each of their wins against Cardiff (2-0), Sheffield United (1-0), Bristol City (1-0) and Aston Villa (1-0), whilst also drawing with in-form Fulham (1-1).

And with the Rams currently sat in fifth place, Phil Parkinson’s men have the chance to extend an already impressive record.

4. Time For Revenge

Wanderers’ last visit to Pride Park was almost two years to the day, a 4-1 defeat which unfortunately sealed the Whites’ relegation to League One.

Zach Clough scored a penalty in a match that saw Johnny Russell, Tom Ince and Jacob Butterfield strike for then-promotion-chasing Derby.

With the team in a better position this time around, Saturday’s match would be the perfect opportunity to avenge that day and take a big step closer towards the finishing line this term.

5. The Chance To Become A Hero

Wanderers travel to Derby County without the injured Darren Pratley and Jan Kirchhoff, but Karl Henry is available despite limping off against Birmingham City.

With his side needing to get the job done without two of their more influential names, manager Phil Parkinson has called on his players to stand up and “become a hero”.

He believes that any match-winning moments in this final run in will compare to Jem Karacan’s famous goal against Peterborough United that helped secure automatic promotion last season.

“If this group of players can produce something to keep us above that line they will be remembered for a very long time,” he added.

So to those travelling to Pride Park this weekend or supporting the team from afar,  be loud, be proud and back the boys!

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Match Reports

Report: Derby County 3-0 Bolton Wanderers

7 April 2018

Bolton Wanderers had an afternoon to forget after they were well beaten by Derby County at the iPro Stadium.

Goals from Alex Pearce, Matej Vydra and Tom Lawrence ensured the hosts ran out comfortable winners and consigned Wanderers to a third successive defeat.

Team News

Phil Parkinson made five changes from the team that lost to Birmingham City in midweek. David Wheater, Mark Little, Antonee Robinson, Jem Karacan and Aaron Wilbraham were in the starting XI with Andrew Taylor, Sammy Ameobi and Derik dropping to the bench.  Karl Henry overcame an injury concern to retain his place in the middle of the park.

First Half

Wheater wore the captain’s armband upon his return to the starting XI with Wanderers commencing the game in a 3-5-2 formation.

Ben Alnwick was pressed into action quite earlier on when he blocked a David Nugent effort with his legs after the hosts broke quickly following a Wanderers attack.

But the Wanderers couldn’t do anything to prevent Alex Pearce heading home the opener just two minutes later when the big defender rose unmarked to head home a Rams’ corner.

Wanderers had an opportunity to get on terms after Josh Vela latched on to a Wheater knockdown but the midfielder’s effort lacked the power to trouble the Derby defence.

Derby’s attacking threat was always present and Wanderers were fortunate to see Andreas Weimann struggle to control the ball after he sprang the offside trap.

Although Wanderers were passing the ball around well in midfield they were unable to press into the final third and test Scott Carson in the Rams’ goal.

But things went from bad to worse just after the half hour mark when Derby hit their second of the afternoon. Nugent looked to be offside as he shot towards goal and although Alnwich managed to get in the way of the striker’s shot Vydra was on hand to tap home the rebound into an empty net.

Wanderers’ brightest moment of the half came just two minutes before half time when Robinson beat his man down the left to whip in a cross. However, Curtis Davies managed to get to the ball before it reached Adam Le Fondre.

Second Half

Parkinson made two changes during the break with Noone and Ameobi on for Burke and Wilbraham and with the substitutions came a change in shape as Wanderers played in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Ameobi showed his attacking intentions almost immediately when he cut in from the left only to see Davies thwart Le Fondre once again.

The hosts hit their third through Tom Lawrence who fired from range in to the bottom right hand corner past Alnwick.

Vela tried his luck from 25 yards to at least get his side on the scoresheet but the effort flew harmlessly over Carson’s bar to sum up Wanderers’ luck.

The introduction of Noone and Ameobi saw Wanderers test the Derby defence more so than they had done in the first half.

Noone’s volley from a Little cross deflected behind before Ameobi saw his strike come off the foot of the post from an acute angle.

Wanderers made their final change with just over 15 minutes to go when Derik came on for Henry.

Carson was pressed into action to deny Mark Beevers on two separate occasions in quick succession. Both efforts came directly from corners with the former England keeper tipping over a header from the Wanderers defender then keep out his half volley.

Wanderers were enjoying something of a late attacking flurry with Wheater going close twice and Karacan seeing his shot deflect wide.

Despite the late rally, Wanderers were unable to reduce the arrears.

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Ticket News

Pay on the day confirmed for Derby County

6 April 2018

Tickets for Wanderers' trip to Derby County on Saturday will be available to purchase on the day of the game at Pride Park.

Kicking off at 3pm, Whites supporters will be able to buy tickets from the South East Corner Ticket Office on Saturday afternoon. Please note, all price bands will increase by £2 on the day.   

Any supporters who have organised for their tickets to be sent to Derby County for collection or have had their tickets duplicated will also be able to collect from the South East Corner Ticket Office.

The club have received an initial allocation of 1,622 tickets, while advance tickets remain on sale in person at Bolton Central or via the phone lines until 2pm on Friday 6 April, subject to availability.

Matchday Prices

Adults - £26
Over-65s - £19
Under-18s - £15.50
Under-13s* - £9.50

Advance Prices

Adults - £24
Over-65s - £17
Under-18s - £13.50
Under-13s* - £7.50

*Any child aged 13 or under must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 or above, while children under the age of two will not be permitted entry to Pride Park.

Official coach travel is available, costing £19 per person. All coaches depart Macron Stadium at 11:30am.

How To Buy

Online – www.eticketing.co.uk/bwfc
Phone – 0844 871 2932 (option 2 then option 1)
In Person – Visit Bolton Central

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