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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Bolton Wanderers v Millwall

10 April 2018

As Wanderers prepare to welcome Millwall to Macron Stadium on Tuesday night, bwfc.co.uk highlights five talking points ahead of the match.

1. Last night game

Wanderers take on Millwall on Tuesday in their last night game of the season.

With the Whites needing to respond after recent defeats to Leeds United, Birmingham City and Derby County, manager Phil Parkinson has called on Bolton's supporters to be the 12th man and make the difference at Macron Stadium.

With night games always guaranteeing a special atmosphere, the players will need you – our fantastically loyal supporters - in full voice to create a buzzing atmosphere and get BL6 rocking under the lights!

2. Bouncing back

The Trotters will be looking to make home advantage count and bounce back in front of their home fans on Tuesday after suffering three consecutive defeats.

Wanderers could potentially move two places clear of the relegation zone with a victory over The Lions, giving them some extra breathing space ahead of the final four games of the season.

The team’s form at Macron Stadium has been impressive this season, with last Tuesday’s defeat to Birmingham City only their second on home turf since the Christmas period and just their third since late-September.

And with every point vital in the Whites' quest to secure their place in the Sky Bet Championship next season, Bolton know how important a positive result could prove to be come the end of the campaign.

3. Head-to-head

Having completed a league double over Millwall last season, the Trotters boast a fantastic record against their East London counterparts.

It’s been 45 years since Millwall picked up three points on Wanderers soil, stretching way back into the Burnden Park era, while the Whites are unbeaten in their last eight games against the Lions with their last defeat coming back in October 2012.

The most recent meeting between the two sides saw a 1-1 draw back in August, as Filipe Morais scored an outstanding free-kick against his former employers to earn Bolton a deserved share of the spoils.

And having also won their last three home meetings with Millwall, the Trotters will be keen to ensure their recent fortunes against the Lions continues comes 8pm on Tuesday night.

4. Injury news

Captain Darren Pratley remains doubtful for Tuesday's game while Jan Kirchhoff is ruled out, but Filipe Morais is battling back from a niggling injury which has kept him out of action since Good Friday.

"Filipe is looking a lot better which is good news for us," said the gaffer. "He’s got a real determination to get out there and play.

"Darren is also making progress – we’re frustrated that he can’t play at the moment but with a nerve injury it’s very difficult for the specialist to give a definitive answer on his return.

"The medical staff are doing everything they can to get him back involved."

5. Kids for a quid and free upgrades

Following the 21,097 crowd in the last home encounter – the highest attendance of the campaign - the club have extended the special Kids for a Quid offer, encouraging supporters to bring the whole family to Macron Stadium.

This means children under the age of 18 can watch their heroes for just £1, as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

Other tickets for the match are priced at £26 for adults and £20 for over-65s and under-23s.

Fans can purchase their tickets in person at Bolton Central or by calling 0844 871 2932, option 2 then option 1 or by booking tickets online.

Concessionary season card holders wishing to upgrade their tickets for this match can also do so free of charge.

Supporters with under-18, under-23, over-65 and over-75 season cards are able to upgrade their ticket to a full adult.

In order for adults to use a concessionary season card, they need to simply present the card at the turnstile to gain entry to the stadium. No paper upgrade ticket will be needed for this game.

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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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