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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Nottingham Forest v Bolton Wanderers

8 December 2017

Having moved out of the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone last weekend, Wanderers travel to Nottingham Forest on Saturday with confidence high at Macron Stadium. With the Whites looking to maintain their recent momentum, highlights five talking points ahead of Bolton's trip to the City Ground.

1. Out the relegation zone!

Having lost just one of their last nine outings, Wanderers' 3-1 victory over Barnsley last Saturday saw them move out of the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone for the first time since August.

Picking up maximum points against Sheffield Wednesday, Norwich City and Barnsley, the Whites fought out stalemates with Queens Park Rangers, Fulham, Sunderland, Preston North End and Reading with a defeat to league-leaders Wolves the anamoly.

With Bolton's last win on the road at this level coming back in April 2015, they will be hungry to end claim their first three points on the road this season as they look to stay out of the drop-zone.

And as the Trotters face a side yet to draw this season, they will have to be at their very best if they are to maintain their recent run and clinch clinch a positive result at the City Ground.

2. Team news

David Wheater could return at the heart of defence having served a one-game suspension against Barnsley after picking up his fifth booking of the season.

Elsewhere, Andrew Taylor and Aaron Wilbraham are both in contention after successfully coming through a full week of training, while Karl Henry and Darren Pratley both avoided suspensions with their own fifth yellow cards of the season coming after the recent amnesty.  

3. Familar faces

Wanderers could line up against two familiar faces on Saturday with Zach Clough and Matt Mills both looking to line up for Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

A firm fan-favourite at Macron Stadium having come through the Whites' youth academy, Clough joined Forest back in January after making 68 appearances and scoring 22 goals for the club. He has featured 12 times for Mark Warburton's side so far this season. 

Meanwhile, Mills had made 11 appearances for the Tricky Trees this season, having registered 94 appearances and seven goals during his three seasons with Bolton prior to his move to Forest in July 2015.

With the duo inevitably looking forward to renewing old acquaintances, the Trotters will be hungry to come out on top against their former stars.

4. Discipline

The City Ground has not been a happy hunting ground for Wanderers in recent years with the Whites suffering heavy defeats on each of their past three visits.

Having seen a man dismissed in each of their last four visits, and conceded penalties in both of the last two, Bolton will be keen to end both runs on Saturday.

And having also conceded penalties in each of their last three outings this season, the Trotters know how important it will be to stay disciplined as they go in search of a first away win of the season.

5. Pay on the day

Tickets for Saturday's game will be available to purchase on the day at the City Ground.

Kicking off at 3pm, travelling fans will be able to buy tickets directly from the visitors ticket office, which is located at the rear of the Brian Clough Stand at the City Ground.

Tickets will be sold on a cash-only basis from 1.30pm. Please note, there will be a £2 increase on the day for adults and over-65s tickets.

Tickets which have been sent down for collection or have been duplicated will also be left at the visitors ticket office.

The club have received an initial allocation of 1,544 tickets for the game with prices are as follows:

Matchday Prices

Adults - £24

Over 65s - £19

Under 18s - £5

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Match Reports

Report: Nottingham Forest 3-2 Bolton Wanderers

9 December 2017

Wanderers slipped to defeat at The City Ground on Saturday afternoon despite a spirited display against Nottingham Forest.

The deadlock was broken inside three minutes through Barrie McKay, before Will Buckley levelled the scores on the stroke of half time with a close-range header.

The hosts restored their lead in the second half however with strikes from Joe Worrall and Ben Brereton, while despite the former putting through his own net late on, the Whites were unable to take a share of the spoils from the clash.


Phil Parkinson kept with the same team that beat Barnsley at Macron Stadium seven days earlier despite David Wheater being eligible to play after serving a one-game suspension.

The big central defender made do with a spot among the substitutes with Reece Burke retaining his starting role. Former Wanderers star Zach Clough was on the bench for the hosts.


Gary Madine flashed just wide moments after kick off after some good build up play but the hosts grabbed the lead immediately afterwards when Barrie McKay converted Tyler Walker’s right-sided centre.

Forest could have got a second not long after when Walker’s right-sided free-kick found the head of former Wanderer Matt Mills, but the centre-half couldn’t get enough purchase on the ball to trouble Ben Alnwick and the ball went out for a goal kick.

It was a bright, positive start from Forest and Parkinson’s men had the side-netting to thank for keep full-back Eric Lichaj’s effort at bay.

As the game wore on, the visitors were seeing more of the ball, growing in confidence and stymied the early Forest onslaught.

Although they hadn’t really tested Jordan Smith in goal, they won a series of corners after pressing forward and keeping hold of the ball in midfield.

Sammy Ameobi tried his luck from 30 yards out but his low shot went wide as Wanderers aimed to get back on terms.

The hosts, though, still posed a threat and Wanderers were grateful to Ben Alnwick who kept out a well struck Walker strike just before the break.

Wanderers levelled things up on the cusp of half time and silenced the County Ground thanks to Buckley’s diving header off Josh Vela’s right-sided cross.


Wanderers should have found themselves in front shortly after the restart when Madine had a free header off Vela’s corner. The striker got enough power on the ball put placed it wide.

The visitors were enjoying their best period of the game and were driving forward and looking more threatening as the minutes passed by.

Forest were making mistakes and losing possession in key areas with Ameobi, Buckley and Madine at the helm of Wanderers’ attacking.

Vela had two gilt-edged chances in a short space of time and should have done better on each occasion. The first a volley from inside the box was charged down and the second a header yards from goal that went over the bar.

But, against the run of play, Forest found themselves in front when Joe Worrall volleyed past Alnwick after an uncharacteristic misplaced header from Mark Little found its way to the defender who fired emphatically home.

The hosts made a double substitution after their goal with Bouchalakis and Carayol coming onto the field for McKay and Osborn.

In a bid to get some of their attacking impetus back, Parkinson brought on Adam Armstrong for Buckley.

With a quarter of an hour to go Craig Noone came on for captain Darren Pratley with Wanderers altering their shape to try and at least salvage a point from the contest.

Parkinson’s last throw of the dice came in the guise of Aaron Wilbraham who replaced Little with just minutes to go.

Any hopes of comeback were killed off when substitute Ben Brereton latched onto the loose ball to poke past the advancing Alnwick.

Deep into time added on Wanderers reduced arrears when Wilbraham’s drive was deflected past his own keeper by Worrall.

It sparked a sense of urgency and panic in the Forest backline as Wanderers battled for a last-gasp equaliser which unfortunately never came.

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Ticket News

Ticket bulletin: Friday 8 December

8 December 2017

Welcome to the ticket update for Friday 8 December. Here you will find all the information you need in a simple-to-read format regarding match tickets for Bolton Wanderers' upcoming fixtures.

Nottingham Forest (A)

Saturday 9 December


Open sale (Pay on the day)

Adults: £22

Over-65s: £17

Under-18s: £5

Burton Albion (H)

Saturday 16 December


Open sale

Adults from £26

Over-65s from £20

Under-23s from £20

Under-18s: £10

Under-12s: £8

Family Ticket (one adult and one Under-18): £30*

Cardiff City (H)

Saturday 23 December


Open sale

Adults from £26

Over-65s from £20

Under-23s from £20

Under-18s: £10

Under-12s: £8

Family Ticket (one adult and one Under-18): £30*

Middlesbrough (A)

Tuesday 26 December


On sale to season ticket holders


Members - 11/12/2017

Open sale - 13/12/2017

Adults: £30

Over-65s: £20

Under-18s: £17

Sheffield United (A)

Saturday 30 December


On sale to season ticket holders


Members - 11/12/2017

Open sale - 13/12/2017

Adults: £27

Over-60s: £21

Under-22s: £16

Students: £16

Under-18s: £14

Hull City (H)

Monday 1 January


On sale to season ticket holders and members


Open sale - 11/12/2017

Adults from £30

Over-65s from £24

Under-23s from £24

Under-18s: £12

Under-12s: £10

Family Ticket (one adult and one Under-18): £40*

*Family Tickets are only available to purchase in the Bolton at Home Family Stand, situated in the North Stand Upper Tier

Corporate hospitality packages at home games are also available to Bolton Wanderers supporters. For more information email, phone the commercial team on 01204 673761, or buy online HERE.

Tickets and official club travel can be bought online at, in-person at Bolton Central or over the phone on 0844 871 2932 then press option two followed by option one.

Please note, it is a criminal offence to take alcohol onto coaches which are travelling to sporting events as per The Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol) Act 1985. Bolton Wanderers reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone in possession or under the influence of alcohol. Any alcohol found on the coach will be confiscated.


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