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

15 August 2017

As Wanderers travel to Birmingham City for the third of three successive away days, bwfc.co.uk highlights five talking points ahead of Tuesday night's encounter.

1. On the road again

Wanderers are back on the road on Tuesday night as they travel to Birmingham City for what is their third away day in less than a week.

After last week's Carabao Cup victory over Crewe Alexandra, the Whites claimed their first league point of the season away at Millwall on Saturday.

Now travelling to the Midlands, Bolton will be hoping to maintain their positive start to the season at St Andrew's in front of another big Trotters away crowd.

2. First league win? 

Wanderers will be searching for their first league win of the season on Tuesday night with their positive displays so far this campaign rewarded with a solitary point.

With the Whites looking confident in their early Sky Bet Championship encounters, management, players and fans alike will be keen to ensure they do not have to wait long for a maiden victory of the season or a first away win at this level since April 2015.

3. Familiar faces

Bolton could line up against two familiar faces at St Andrew's on Tuesday night with former Trotters Lukas Jutkiewicz and Paul Robinson both currently on Birmingham City's books.

Jutkiewicz, who will be hoping to return from injury to make his first appearance of the season against his former side, scored seven goals from 20 appearances during a half-season loan stint at Macron Stadium during the second half of the 2013/14 season.

Joing Birmingham City last summer, the popular forward scored 12 goals from 40 appearances during his maiden campaign on the Midlands.

Meanwhile Robinson spent the first half of the 2009/10 season on loan with Wanderers before joining the club permanently, making 87 appearances during two years with the club.

Signing for Birmingham in September 2012, the 38-year is the Blues' longest-serving player and has made 173 appearances during his five years at St Andrew's.

Now serving as player-coach, he came on as a half-time substitute in Harry Redknapp's side's 2-1 victory over Bristol City at the weekend.

If either player does line up on Tuesday night, the Whites will have their fingers crossed that neither come back to haunt their former club.

4. Injury update

Bolton manager Phil Parkinson confirmed in his pre-season press conference that late checks will be made on both David Wheater and Filipe Morais ahead of the Trotters' trip to Birmingham City.

Wheater has been sidelined since coming off injured against Leeds United on the opening day, while Morais, who missed most of pre-season with a knee injury, picked up a knock after scoring Wanderers' equalising goal at Millwall on Saturday.

Neither are likely to remain sidelined for long but Wanderers are reluctant to risk either player unncessarily, meaning Tuesday's game could come too soon for the duo.

5. Pay on the day

Whites fans wishing to attend the game at St Andrew's will be able to pay at the turnstiles.

There will be no price increase, with prices for the 7.45pm kick off as follows.

Adults – £20
Over-65s – £15
Students – £15
Under-19s – £10
Under-13s – £5

With Bolton's players and management continually impressed by the club's big travelling numbers, they'll be hoping for more of the same in the second city on Tuesday night.

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Report: Birmingham City 0-0 Bolton Wanderers

15 August 2017

Wanderers picked up their second consecutive point on the road following a 0-0 draw against Birmingham City at St Andrew's on Tuesday night.

TEAM NEWS

Phil Parkinson made two changes to the side who started against Millwall at the weekend, with Filipe Morais and Adam Armstrong in from the off for Wanderers with Mark Little and Adam Le Fondre dropping out.

FIRST HALF

With the sun setting at St Andrew’s, the game got underway at a somewhat tepid pace but it was the visitors who were enjoying the first forays into dangerous territory with Morais proving a threat early on.

Gary Madine meanwhile saw his close-range header fly narrowly wide of the post in the seventh minute of the clash.

Darren Pratley also enjoyed a glorious opportunity when collecting the ball following some beautifully crafted build-up play between Adam Armstrong and Morais, but the skipper’s shot through a crowded penalty area was blocked.

On Birmingham’s first venture into Bolton’s box meanwhile, David Cotterill saw a similar effort to Pratley’s hooked away at the last moment and Clayton Donaldson volleyed just wide of the goalmouth from a tight angle.

Cotterill was again in the mix with 20 minutes on the clock as his shot took a wicked deflection off Reece Burke just six yards out which Mark Howard somehow palmed away with a goal seemingly imminent.

The chance definitely boosted the home side’s confidence, with Wanderers forced onto the backfoot thereafter.

Despite their dominance however, they weren’t troubling Howard too much in the way of goalbound chances and come the half hour mark, we were still goalless.

With the clock running down to half time, the Whites were still looking dangerous themselves, with Madine coming within inches of connecting with Jem Karacan’s cross into the six-yard box.

Come the break however, neither side had been able to break the deadlock.

SECOND HALF

As the game restarted, Wanderers almost had the perfect opening to the second half as Morais’ wicked cross from the right flank caused carnage between Blues goalkeeper David Stockdale and his defender.

The shot-stopper flapped at the ball, with it somehow failing to end up in the back of the net.

Armstrong meanwhile came close with a header from another Morais cross just two minutes later, with Stockdale static as the frontman rose to nod narrowly wide.

Jacques Maghoma was left calling for a penalty kick in the 50th minute after going down in the area next to Dorian Dervite, but referee Darren England rightly showed City’s No.19 a yellow card for simulation.

Bolton were sensing that their golden opportunity was coming, but on the counter attack Birmingham were enjoying chances of their own, with their fans responding with their vocal backing.

With 20 minutes remaining, Wanderers threw Le Fondre into the mix in place of Armstrong in a bid to turn what was looking a likely point into three.

The Blues also responded in turn, with Isaac Vassell introduced for his City debut.

Madine enjoyed a great opportunity with 17 minutes remaining too, with Stockdale having to get down well at his near post to keep out his header.

The game was finely balanced, with frustration evident for both sides as they looked to force a winning goal, with Burke seeing a deflected effort from the edge of the box claimed by Stockdale after the keeper initially fumbled his tame shot.

With less than five minutes to go, it was end-to-end stuff at St Andrew's with defences being tested to their max.

And with five additional minutes added, it was everything to play for.

Despite the best efforts of both sides however, neither were able to force a winner inside the closing stages and the game ended all square.

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Take advantage of official Club travel for Birmingham City

14 August 2017

Avoid traffic and parking woes by using official Club travel for Tuesday night's trip to St Andrew's.

Wanderers travel to Birmingham City on Tuesday night and there's still time for fans to take advantage of official Club travel for the Whites' trip to the Midlands.

Kicking off at 7.45pm, limited places remain available with coaches for the trip costing £19 per person and departing Macron Stadium at 3.45pm on Tuesday 15 August.

Seats are available to purchase in person at Bolton Central, over the phone on 0844 871 2932 (option two then option one).

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