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

18 August 2017

As Wanderers return to Macron Stadium to take on Derby County following three successive away days, highlights five talking points ahead of Saturday's clash with the Rams.

1. Back at Macron Stadium

Wanderers take to the Macron Stadium turf for the first time since the opening day of the season as they take on Derby County this weekend.

Coming into the Sky Bet Championship clash after three successive away days, the Whites picked up their first win of the season at Crewe Alexandra in the Carabao Cup before fighting out draws with both Millwall and Birmingham City.

Following three promising performances on the road, Bolton will be looking to build on their early-season promise in front of their home fans against one of the division's potential promotion candidates.

2. Striking options

Phil Parkinson has a decision to make regarding his striking options after Adam Armstrong's impressive performance in midweek against Birmingham City.

Having scored his first goal for the club on his full debut against Crewe, the Newcastle United loanee was handed his maiden Trotters league start on Tuesday night as he partnered Gary Madine in attack at St Andrew's with Adam Le Fondre dropping to the bench.

Le Fondre and Madine are also already off the mark this season after both scored against Leeds United on the opening day.

With veteran Aaron Wilbraham eyeing up a potential home debut having featured in each of Wanderers' last three outings, Parkinson will be hoping that competition for places continues to bring the best out of his forwards ahead of his side's clash with Derby County.

3. First league win?

The Whites will be searching for their first league win of the season on Saturday as they take to the field in front of their home fans.

Having fought out two away draws from their last two outings, Bolton have looked confident in their early Sky Bet Championship encounters as they look to establish themselves back in the second tier.

There is an added spice to Saturday's clash with Derby County as the Trotters face the Rams for the first time since the East Midlands outfit confirmed their relegation to Sky Bet League One in April 2016. 

Now determined to put past demons to bed and to build on their early promise, management, players and fans alike will be keen to ensure Wanderers do not have to wait long for a maiden victory of the season.

4. Golden Gamble

Supporters attending Saturday's game will be in with a chance of winning one of ten prizes as part of our matchday Golden Gamble draw, with tickets available both outside the stadium  and in the concourses at Macron Stadium from various vendors.

For just £1, everybody who purchases a ticket will be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes, including being entered into our new £100 per game rollover.

Meanwhile, Golden Gamble season tickets are also on sale for a limited time only! Costing £20 for 22 games, fans can now secure their place in every matchday draw, ensuring they have the chance to win one of the great prizes every matchday at Macron Stadium!

5. The Wanderer

Fans attending this Saturday's game can snap up a copy of the club's matchday programme for just £3, with copies available for purchase both outside and in the concourses at Macron Stadium.

Boasting 84-pages of exclusive content, 'The Wanderer' offers up an in-depth look at our visitors from Pride Park, including detailed player profiles, a trip down memory lane to games gone by and a view from the other side of the fence.

There's also a six-page interview with striker Gary Madine, a pull-out poster of our No.14 and a number of special features to mark the Whites' 20th anniversary at Macron Stadium.

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Match Reports

Report: Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Derby County

19 August 2017

A first-half David Nugent brace ensured that Wanderers slipped to defeat against Derby County at Macron Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Rams took the lead against the run of play in the eighth minute of the clash, with the striker given the simple task of tapping the ball home after connecting with Matej Vydra’s cross, while the former England international doubled his tally in the 20th minute with a close-range header.

The Whites did halve the deficit in second-half injury time through Gary Madine's goal to set up a frantic finish, but it was simply a consolation effort come full time.


Wanderers named an unchanged starting XI from the side who lined up against Birmingham City on Tuesday evening, with the substitutes’ bench also the same as four days’ previous.


It was the home side who looked mostly likely to break the deadlock inside the opening stages of the clash, with some clever link-up play between Darren Pratley and Filipe Morais deserving more as the latter whipped two dangerous crosses into the Derby six-yard box.

Bolton’s pressure continued, but against the run of play the visitors took the lead as Vydra found Nugent a matter of yards out, with the frontman given the simple task of tapping home past a stranded Mark Howard.

It was the Rams’ first sight of goal, and they had certainly punished the Whites with it.

Following their opener, County pushed forward and were eventually rewarded with a second goal as Nugent nodded home from a similar position to his first to double his own tally for the afternoon and his side’s advantage.

Vydra should have been on the scoresheet himself with 27 minutes gone as he found himself one-on-one with Howard, but the Czech Republic international somehow skewed his effort high and wide to the relief of those of a Bolton persuasion inside Macron Stadium.

It was an opportunity which left the home faithful rallying behind their side, with them willing them to halve the deficit by any means possible.

Vydra again came close just after the half hour mark when volleying over from the edge of the 18-yard box.

Wanderers were being forced back in their numbers as the clock ran down to half time as the Rams pushed to add to their goal tally.

Andre Wisdom had Bolton hearts in mouths on the stroke of the 45 too, with his mazy run from the halfway line and consequent shot trickling inches wide of Howard’s far post.

Come half time however, the scoreline remained two nil in the Rams’ favour.


There was one change for the Whites at the break, with Adam Le Fondre replacing Adam Armstrong for the second half.

And Alfie looked lively from the outset, with the Trotters’ No.9 causing problems early on.

Wanderers definitely had more fire in their bellies following the restart, with the visitors being forced onto the backfoot inside the opening ten minutes of the half.

Scott Carson was yet to be really tested however, with the majority of Bolton’s pressure being in and around the box as opposed to in the form of clear-cut goalmouth opportunities.

Bolton’s confidence was growing though, and the home fans were responding with their vocal backing.

Their efforts meanwhile were being rebuffed by a solid Derby defence, with the Rams packing eleven men behind the ball in a bid to preserve their lead.

Pratley came within inches of pulling Bolton back into the encounter with 20 minutes to go after chasing down Dorian Dervite's flick-on from a Morais free-kick, but Carson was just a split second quicker than the Whites' skipper and managed to safely smother the ball.

The home side were still trying their luck as the game ebbed towards its conclusion, while Andre Wisdom was lucky to stay on the field after avoiding what appeared to be a certain second yellow for a cynical foul on Andrew Taylor.

Morais' resulting free-kick from that incident caused a few problems in the Derby six-yard box too, but the Rams eventually managed to clear their lines after Carson had been forced to punch the ball away under pressure from Madine.

Aaron Wilbraham - a second half substitute for Wanderers - looked set to capitalise after the ball fell kindly for him 12-yards out from goal, but the linesman's flag ensured that he was stopped in his tracks.

Four additional minutes were indicated at the end of the 90, and the Whites ensured something of a grandstand finish when Madine rolled the ball home from ten yards out.

Despite their best efforts however, Wanderers couldn't force a leveller and found themselves on the losing side come full time.


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Ticket News

Beat the queues, print your Derby County tickets at home!

17 August 2017

As Bolton Wanderers prepare to hosts Derby County on their return to Macron Stadium for the first time in two weeks, supporters are reminded that they can print tickets from the comfort of their own home to avoid queuing.

With large queues expected this weekend the club is advising supporters to buy their tickets in advance of the fixture to avoid queues on the day.

So, why not secure your ticket to the game now and get behind the lads as they face The Rams.

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.

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