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Preview: Millwall v Bolton

11 August 2017

As Wanderers prepare to travel to Millwall for their first away game of the 2017-18 Sky Bet Championship so Cup, highlights five talking points ahead of Wednesday's encounter.

1. First Sky Bet Championship away game of the season

Bolton will be on the road for the first time in the league this season as Phil Parkinson's side travel to Millwall on Saturday afternoon. After recording their first win of the season in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, the Whites will be hoping to record back-to-back away wins at The Den.

2. No fresh injury concerns

Parkinson noted in his pre-match press conference that his squad came through Wednesday night unscathed and will travel to London with no fresh injuries. 

Of course, this still means Sammy Ameobi, Josh Vela and David Wheater will miss the trip to the capital, however, Wednesday night saw the return of Filipe Morais who picked up another assist in just 30 minutes of action. His return will, without doubt, boost the atmosphere in the camp.

3. Back to back wins?

This weekend's fixture against Millwall gives Bolton the chance to record back-to-back for the first time this season. Having started the season with a 3-2 defeat against Leeds United, the Trotters bounced back to winning ways against Crewe Alexandra with goals from Adam Armstrong and Derik Osede.

With three of his striker's off the mark, Parkinson will be hoping they continue their goalscoring ways to help Wanderers record two wins within a week.

4. Strength in depth

Those who travelled to Crewe Alexandra on Wednesday would have seen an almost fresh Bolton side from the XI that faced Leeds United on the opening day of the season. Parkinson opted to make 10 changes to his starting XI with Ben Alnwick, Derik Osede, Will Buckley, Jack Earing, Reece Burke and Adam Armstrong earning their first starts of the season. Elsewhere, Antonee Robinson, Mark Little and Aaron Wilbraham all made their debuts for the Club.There is healthy competition for places going into this weekend  

There is healthy competition for places going into this weekend 's fixture with every player eager to impress the manager during the early stages of the campaign.

5. Pay on the day

Wanderers fans will be able to purchase tickets for Saturday's trip to Millwall on the day of the game from the turnstiles. There will be no price increase for fans wishing to do so. Official coach travel is also available until 5:30pm today (Friday), costing £28 per person. All coaches depart Macron Stadium at 8am.

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Match Reports

Report: Crewe Alexandra 1-2 Bolton

9 August 2017

Wanderers came from behind to beat Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road on Wednesday evening and in turn, book their place in the second round of the Carabao Cup.

The hosts drew first blood in the clash with three minutes of the first half remaining, with Chris Porter nodding home from close range.

The Whites were level with 19 minutes to go however, with Adam Armstrong notching his first in Bolton colours when slotting home from six yards out following superb link-up play between Antonee Robinson and Will Buckley.

And with the stage set, up stepped Derik Osede with his first goal for the club with just eight minutes left - an effort which proved to be the winner come full-time.


There were ten changes for Wanderers from the side who started against Leeds United on Sunday, with Stephen Darby the only figure to remain from that XI.


There was a combative feel to proceedings as the game got underway, with both sides clearly up for the cup clash.

And Wanderers looked dangerous on the counter, with Antonee Robinson and unusually Derik causing problems in Crewe’s penalty area.

Both sets of fans were responding to the bright start with their backing, while the home side themselves saw a number of lofted balls into the box plucked to safety by Ben Alnwick.

Chris Dagnall in particular was looking a threat for the Railwaymen, with his quick-footed runs into the area ensuring that the Bolton defence were on their guard.

As the game headed towards its half-hour mark however, neither side had troubled their respective goalkeepers.

With 31 minutes gone however, Will Buckley looked set to tee up one of his advancing teammates when cutting inside and lifting the ball across goal when reaching the byline, but a Crewe body somehow managed to get in the way and force it out for a corner-kick.

That was without doubt Bolton’s best chance of the game so far, although Tom Lowery’s superb outswinging cross and Porter’s consequent header ensured that the Alex responded with a glorious chance of their own.

Buoyed by their close-opportunity, Dagnall also came within inches of opening the scoring, only to see his header fall kindly for Alnwick between the sticks.

They were eventually rewarded for their efforts three minutes before the break however, with Porter nodding home at the far post.

And although it was virtually all Bolton for the final stages of the first half, they couldn’t force a quick-fire equaliser and went in at the break a goal down.


With no changes for either side, the second half got underway as the sun was setting at Gresty Road.

And it was the home side who started the brighter, with Wanderers penned into their own box for the opening stages of the final 45.

They were struggling to get any real sight of goal however against a dogged Bolton backline, with Porter's lofted effort from 25 yards out failing to hit the target.

The 978 travelling Bolton fans were still making themselves heard though, with their backing filtering through to the players who were finding their feet in the clash.

Crewe were standing firm however and were certainly making life difficult for the Whites as they looked for a route back into the game.

And they almost had a second in the 64th minute as Alnwick somehow palmed away Porter's point-blank range header from a deflected cross into the six-yard box, while Brad Walker's daisy-cutter was inches wide of the upright moments later.

With 24 minutes remaining, Wanderers made a statement of intent with a triple substitution of Gary Madine, Filipe Morais and Jem Karacan.

Their job was almost made twice as hard just moments later though as Porter saw a lofted shot cannon off the crossbar, much to Bolton's relief.

On the counter attack however, Wanderers were level in the 71st minute with Armstrong slotting home from close range after collecting Buckley's cross.

And the comeback was completed in the 82nd minute as Derik nodded home Morais' free-kick to the delight of the travelling faithful.

With the clock running down to full-time, Crewe threw men into the mix in a bid to force an equaliser and with it, extra time.

And with the game hitting the 90 minute mark and three minutes of additional time indicated, there was no let-up from the home side.

But try as they might, they just couldn't find a way past Phil Parkinson's side as the Whites marched into the second round of the competition.


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Ticket News

Pay on the day confirmed for Crewe Alexandra

7 August 2017

It has been confirmed by Crewe Alexandra that Wanderers fans will be able to purchase tickets for our Carabao Cup clash directly from the Alexandra Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Tickets will be available on the away turnstiles on the night of the game which kicks off at 7.45pm, with both cash and card facilities available.

Prices meanwhile are as follows:

Adult – £10
Over-65s – £8
Under-16s – £4

Tickets will also be available until 12 noon on Wednesday 9 August directly from Bolton Central.

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