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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: Bolton 2-3 Leeds United

6 August 2017

Despite a valiant performance, Wanderers found themselves on the wrong side of a five-goal opening day thriller against Leeds United at Macron Stadium.

The visitors drew first blood in the clash with Kalvin Phillips’ curling effort eluding Mark Howard in the Bolton goal with just seven minutes on the clock, while they added a second on the half hour mark courtesy of Chris Wood’s close-range header.

Phil Parkinson’s side halved the deficit with six minutes of the half remaining however, only for Phillips to add his second of the game in the 43rd minute when prodding home from eight yards.

Bolton once again pulled themselves back into the game with 24 minutes left as Adam Le Fondre fired home from the penalty spot, but it was to be in vain come the final whistle as Wanderers fell to an opening day defeat.

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Wanderers saw David Wheater take the captain’s armband in the absence of Darren Pratley, while there was a debut for Josh Cullen following his loan move from West Ham United earlier in the week. 

FIRST HALF

Both sets of fans were in fine voice as the game got underway at a sodden Macron Stadium, while it was the home side who looked the more menacing early on with a number of lofted balls into Leeds territory.

On what was their first attack however, the visitors broke the deadlock with Phillips curling home from a corner kick.

A sucker punch for the Whites, it was certainly the fillip needed for United with them pressing forward in their numbers following their opener.

Adam Le Fondre enjoyed Bolton’s first shot on target just after the quarter-hour mark when taking the ball down ten yards shy of the goalmouth, but his effort was a tame one and failed to trouble Felix Wiedwald between the sticks.

A goalmouth scramble ensued with the first period reaching its halfway point, with Jem Karacan, Le Fondre and Mark Beevers all in the mix as the ball was knocked around a crowded box, only to see it eventually hoofed away.

Confidence was growing for the Whites though, with the home faithful sensing so and responding with their vocal backing.

Against the run of play however, Leeds had a second on the half hour mark with Wood nodding home from a yard out.

Despite this though, Wanderers continued to lay siege on United’s goalmouth as the half drew to its conclusion.

And they were rewarded with six minutes of the first period remaining as Madine nodded home from a Josh Vela corner.

A lifeline for Wanderers, their pressure continued but yet again, the visitors hit them on the counter and in arguably fortuitous circumstances with Phillips and Wood eluding an offside flag as the former poked home from eight yards out to make it 3-1.

Madine looked set to have his second of the game as the clash entered seven minutes of additional time when unleashing a thunderous volley from 30 yards out, but his effort rippled the side netting with Wiedwald a beaten man.

Come the half time whistle however, the scoreline was as you were.

SECOND HALF 

With no changes for either side at the break, the game got back underway in front of a confirmed attendance of just under 20,000 at Macron Stadium.

Inside the opening stages of the second period, Wanderers attempted tentative steps in the way of halving the deficit once again.

It was Leeds who enjoyed the first sight of goal however, with Howard doing well to get down at his near post to keep out Ezgjan Alioski’s close-range thunderbolt.

Soon after meanwhile, David Wheater made way for another debutant in the form of Reece Burke, while Howard was called upon again with Vurnon Anita’s pile driver from 25 yards stinging his palms.

Wanderers were still searching for their second goal of the game, and in their endeavours managed to win a number of set-pieces which had Leeds on their guard.

And they were handed the perfect opportunity with 23 minutes to go as the referee awarded Bolton a penalty kick for a pull on Madine's shirt, which Le Fondre calmly thundered past Wiedwald to the delight of the home faithful.

Somehow, Leeds almost restored their two goal advantage moments after the restart, only for Pablo Hernandez’s long-range strike to cannon off the crossbar with Howard a beaten man.

It was end-to-end stuff at BL6, with Wanderers desperately trying to force an equaliser and make their pressure count while Leeds were hoping to put the game to bed.

The visitors, visibly rattled, were throwing men forwards in a bid to kill the Whites off but the home side just kept coming at them.

With the match entering its final throes, it was all Bolton with Thomas Christiansen's side penned into their own box. And with four minutes of added time, it was all hands to the pump for the hosts.

Despite their best efforts however, it wasn't to be come the final whistle as Leeds hung on for the win, while Josh Vela was stretchered from the field for Wanderers.

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Leeds United Bolton Central opening hours confirmed

3 August 2017

Club shop open from 11am until 30 minutes until after the final whistle on Sunday.

Supporters are advised that Bolton Central will open at 11am and close 30 minutes after the final whistle on Sunday 6th August as Wanderers host Leeds United in their opening fixture of the 2017-18 Sky Bet Championship campaign.

Fans will be able to visit both the Club shop and ticket office during these hours.

However, with large queues expected why not buy your ticket in advance of the fixture and use the Print at Home option.

Tickets are priced from £30 per adult, £24 for under-23s and over-65s, £12 for under-18s and £10 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 Sunday! Click here now or call 0844 871 2932 followed by option two then option one.

Please note: tickets will only be available to supporters who have purchased tickets previously at Bolton Wanderers Football Club.

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