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Preview: Five talking points ahead of West Ham v Bolton Wanderers

19 September 2017

With Wanderers back in Carabao Cup action against West Ham on Tuesday night, bwfc.co.uk highlights five talking points ahead of the Whites' third round clash with Hammers.

1. Rotation

With the embargo lifted and the Whites youngsters desperate to impress, Phil Parkinson could use Tuesday night's Carabao Cup clash with West Ham United as a chance to once again rotate his side.

With Ben Alnwick already ruled out, either Mark Howard or Jake Turner will be given the opportunity to impress between the sticks. Aaron Wilbraham, Adam Le Fondre and Adam Armstrong will also be hoping to catch the eye of the traveling Whites as the competition for places in attack hots up.

2. Reece Burke and Josh Cullen absent

The West Ham duo will be unavailable tonight due to facing their parent club. With Derik Osede out injured Phil Parkinson will be looking for one of his players to stand up and be counted in the center of midfield.

With Burke absent, Parkinson has more options at the back, Dorian Dervite will be hopeful of getting his chance to impress having scored in round two, meanwhile, Mark Beevers and David Wheater will be eager to maintain their place in the squad.

3. Youngsters

Phil Parkinson confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Jeff King, Harry Brockbank, Jack Earing and Ryan White have are all part of the traveling squad. Midfielder Jack Earing has already made his debut for the first-team, however, the remaining trio will be making their debut for the club should they feature tonight.

Jake Turner has also made the journey to the capital.

4. New Stadium

Opening for football in August 2016, the London Stadium is the new home of West Ham United having relocated from Upton Park.

Tonight will give Bolton fans the chance to experience the newest stadium in the Premier League. 

5. Gaffer's got form

Phil Parkinson developed quite the taste for a cup run in the past during his time with Bradford City.
 
He was a Capital One Cup finalist with the Bantams in 2013 having knocked out Premier League trio Arsenal, Aston Villa and Wigan Athletic on their way to Wembley.
 
Parkinson also led Bradford to the FA Cup quarter-finals in 2015, memorably recovering from 2-0 down to beat eventual Premier League champions Chelsea 4-2 at Stamford Bridge before seeing off top-flight Sunderland.
 
Will the gaffer be able to oversee another cup run and prolong his side's stint in the tournament?

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Report: Bolton Wanderers 3-2 Sheffield Wednesday

22 August 2017

Wanderers booked their place in the third round of the Carabao Cup following a thrilling encounter with Sheffield Wednesday at Macron Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The Whites drew first blood in the 42nd minute, with Dorian Dervite volleying home from a free-kick to the delight of those of a Bolton persuasion inside BL6, before their advantage was doubled in the 56th minute from the penalty spot through Adam Armstrong.

It was three just nine minutes later too, with Jem Karacan’s looping header eluding the Owls’ goalkeeper, although the Owls did pull one back with 14 minutes to go through Jordan Rhodes.

They then proceeded to ensure a nervous finale with Rhodes' second of the game seven minutes from time, but it was to prove just a consolation come full time.

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Wanderers made seven changes from the side who started against Derby County at the weekend, with Ben Alnwick coming in between the sticks while Jem Karacan took the armband for Phil Parkinson’s men.

FIRST HALF

With the sun setting at Macron Stadium proceedings got underway in the evening’s Carabao Cup second round tie.

And it was the visitors who enjoyed the first sight of goal, with Adam Reach’s thunderbolt from 20 yards out taking the slightest of deflections off a Bolton body to ensure that it flew narrowly over Alnwick’s crossbar.

Wanderers responding in turn however, with some excellent control by Mark Little on the right hand corner of Wednesday’s box seeing the full-back find Aaron Wilbraham whose glancing header was just wide of the goalmouth.

The early opportunities were just what the game needed to spark it into life, with the Owls and the Whites both looking dangerous on the break.

Wilbraham meanwhile saw the offside flag raised when he found himself two yards out and with just the keeper to beat, much to his dismay.

As the game reached its half hour mark, although neither goalkeeper had been really tested, it was definitely Bolton who were in the ascendancy with Antonee Robinson causing numerous problems for the visitors down the left flank.

Jordan Rhodes did enjoy a half-chance for Wednesday though shortly after, with his glancing header from a corner kick rippling the side netting.

Fernando Forestieri also came close for Carlos Carvalhal’s side, with his diving header from 12 yards falling just off target with Alnwick grounded.

Derik, fresh from scoring his first goal for the club in the last round against Crewe, looked set to double his tally for the season with seven minutes of the first half remaining with a close range header from a corner, but the Spaniard had to put his celebrations on ice as the ball floated agonisingly wide.

With just three minutes to go until half time however, the deadlock was broken and done so in style as following claims for handball in the Wednesday box, Dervite remained alert to a loose ball and thundered home on the volley with Joe Wildsmith given no chance whatsoever.

Wednesday were almost level immediately though, with a goalmouth scramble somehow seeing the ball kept hooked off the line twice by goalscorer Dervite when it appeared that an equaliser was imminent.

Forestieri did try his luck for the Owls with a 35-yard free-kick just before the break, but his effort cleared the crossbar to ensure that Bolton’s lead was maintained come half time.

SECOND HALF

With no changes for either side at the break, the game got back underway under the floodlights at Macron Stadium.

And Wanderers certainly weren’t for resting on their laurels, with Dervite coming close to doubling his own tally for the evening while some excellent work by Adam Armstrong with the forward powering downfield deserved more.

Now attacking towards their travelling fans meanwhile, the visitors were showing more gusto than they had inside the opening 45, with their supporters’ vocal backing almost dragging them towards the Bolton goalmouth.

On the counter though, Wanderers were handed a glorious opportunity to double their lead from the penalty spot when Buckley was tripped by goalkeeper Wildsmith, with Armstrong coolly slotting home the resulting effort from 12 yards.

Buoyed by their second, Bolton were oozing confidence and following a period of pressure from the visitors as they looked for a route back into the match, they made it three courtesy of a beautifully taken looping header by Karacan from a Robinson cross with 25 minutes remaining.

It was dreamland for the Whites, but Wednesday did manage to pull a goal back with 14 minutes to go until full time when Rhodes ghosted his way into the six yard box and calmly slotted home beneath Alnwick.

It was almost a second too moments later as substitute Atdhe Nuhiu somehow failed to turn a loose ball home at the far post.

Wanderers had looked calm and comfortable, but the visitors were visibly boosted and saw a Marco Matias effort cleared off the line by Stephen Darby with ten minutes to go.

And Rhodes ensured that it was a nervy finale for the Whites when nodding home with seven minutes to go.

Bolton were penned back inside their own penalty area, with Wednesday desperate to level and force an additional 30 minutes of play.

And with six minutes of additional time indicated, it was absolute pandemonium at Macron Stadium and all hands to the pump for Wanderers to defend their slender lead.

Try as they might however, Wednesday couldn't find a third goal and the Whites were the ones in the third round draw come full time.

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Cash turnstiles for Sheffield Wednesday Carabao Cup clash

22 August 2017

Supporters will be able to pay on the turnstiles for Wanderers' Carabao Cup round two fixture against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday 22 August.

Kicking off at 8pm at Macron Stadium, admission on the day of the game can be found at the following turnstiles:

Please note that only the lower tiers of the stadium will be open for this fixture.

•           East Stand Lower - Blocks K and J (for I and L)

•           North Stand Lower - Block M

Supporters wishing to sit in the West Stand Lower can purchase their tickets directly from the ticket hall at Bolton Central.

Visiting Sheffield Wednesday supporters can purchase tickets from Block G in the Franking Sense Sound Stand.

Tickets will be available on a cash-only basis from 7pm onwards, while prices for the match are as follows:

Adults - £15

Over 65s - £5

Under 18s - £5 

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