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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Bolton Wanderers v Preston North End

2 March 2018

Wanderers return to home comforts on Saturday as they host local-rivals Preston North End at Macron Stadium.

Looking to claim local bragging rights and maintain their recent form at BL6, bwfc.co.uk highlights five talking points ahead the Whites’ clash with the Lilywhites.

1. Derby Day

Despite the amount of bragging rights on offer last season in Sky Bet League One, derby days have been few and far between this campaign for the Wanderers with Preston North End their only neighbours at this level.

The reverse fixture between the sides back in November finished in stalemate as neither side could find a winner in an entertaining goalless draw at Deepdale.

With three of the sides below Wanderers not in action due to the weather placed and their North West rivals sitting just outside the play-offs, excitement is high heading into the game with more than just local bragging rights up for grabs.

2. Home form

Phil Parkinson’s men have put together a great run of results at Macron Stadium in recent months, suffering just one league defeat since September on their own patch.

Bolton claimed a valuable victory over Sunderland in their last home outing, with that win ensuring the Trotters extended their unbeaten home run in the league to six matches, having last suffered defeat in front of their home fans back in mid-December.

And with Preston set to be backed by over 3,500 fans at Macron Stadium, Wanderers will be looking to make their home advantage count once again on Saturday.

3. Home-grown players

Local boys Josh Vela and Zach Clough are both in contention to feature against the Lilywhites on Saturday.

The pair know what derby day means to those around BL6 having come through the Whites academy in recent years.

Although Vela has missed the last two matches through injury, he could return to the side this weekend after returning to training during the week.

Meanwhile, Clough could get his first taste of a North West derby since rejoining the club on loan from Nottingham Forest on January deadline day.

The 22-year-old netted the winner in Bolton’s 1-0 victory over Sunderland last time out at the Macron.

How fitting it would be if either player left their mark on derby day!

4. Jan Kirchhoff

New Trotters signing Jan Kirchhoff could make his first appearance for the club since joining on a free transfer last week.

The 6ft 5” German previously had spells with Bayern Munich, Schalke 04 and Sunderland before checking in to BL6 on a deal till the end of the season.

Having coming through two Under-23s matches unscathed in recent weeks, the midfielder is available for selection against the Lilywhites on Saturday.

However, with pre-match preparations disrupted by adverse weather conditions this week, Phil Parkinson is undecided on whether to call upon Kirchhoff's services as the versatile midfielder is nursed back to action following a lengthy spell on the sidelines prior to his move to Wanderers.

5. All happening at Macron Stadium

With the Whites locking horns with Preston on the pitch, it's also all going on off the pitch at Macron Stadium this weekend.

Despite the adverse weather conditions, tomorrow afternoon’s fixture is set to go ahead as scheduled.

Fans are advised to set off with plenty of time when arriving to the stadium, taking into consideration the industrial action currently affecting the trains – with replacement bus services being made available.

Bolton Central is the place to be before kick off with the club hosting another signing session with a member of the first time squad from 2pm!

Fans will also have the chance to purchase 17/18 adult replica shirts at £29.99, children’s kits and mini kits for £24.99 and baby kits at £19.99 while stocks last, with a 50% reduction on shirt printing is also available for limited time only. 

Numerous volunteers will also be dotted around the Macron tomorrow afternoon raising funds for Prostate Cancer UK. The disease is the most common type of cancer found in men with 1 in 8 males on average being diagnosed in their lifetime. We hope all supporters will give generously.

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Report: Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Sunderland

20 February 2018

Wanderers picked up a crucial victory over Sunderland at Macron Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The deadlock was broken inside 17 minutes as Zach Clough seemingly got the last touch on Filipe Morais' free-kick into the mix.

And the Whites almost doubled their lead deep into the second half as Jem Karacan's shot thundered off the underside of the crossbar.

But come full time, Clough's effort was the decisive one as Bolton collected all three points.

TEAM NEWS

Phil Parkinson rang the changes from the line-up that lost to QPR at the weekend. In came Andrew Taylor, Dorian Dervite, Jem Karacan, Aaron Wilbraham, Filipe Morais and Zach Clough as Bolton Wanderers faced bottom-placed Sunderland in a crucial ‘six-pointer’.

Antonee Robinson, Derik, Tyler Walker and Reece Burke dropped to the bench with Josh Vela on the sidelines with an ankle injury and Mark Little serving the first of a three-game suspension.

FIRST HALF

The game opened at a relatively gentle pace with neither side testing each other’s defence.

Sammy Ameobi was seeing plenty of the ball over on the right hand side and was getting jeered at every touch by the travelling Black Cats supporters due to his Newcastle United connections.

The visitors had the game’s first threatening moment when Karl Henry lost possession on the edge of his box which allowed Ashley Fletcher to get to the byline and pass across the face of goal. Fortunately for Wanderers, Joel Assoro was nowhere near the ball.

But it was the home side who took the lead after 17 minutes through on-loan Clough. The Sunderland defence failed to clear a free kick that was swung into the box by Morais and the diminutive front man got a decisive touch to steer the ball over the line.

Morais was causing problems out on the flanks and his cross from the right found Amoebi with his back to goal and although he managed to get his header on target it failed to trouble Lee Camp.

The goal seemed to have settled the early nerves and with the home fans in fine voice Wanderers had their tails up.

Fletcher had a glorious chance to equalise on the half-hour mark when he sprang the offside trap, but Ben Alnwick quickly narrowed the angle and made a superb save to deny the boyhood Wanderers fan a leveller.

Clough then had a chance to double his tally but took one touch too many as he galloped into the penalty box only to be dispossessed before shaping up to shoot.

The game ebbed and flowed and Paddy McNair hit a low powerful strike on target only to be thwarted by the former Black Cat Alnwick, who once again came to the rescue.

The visitors were enjoying their best spell with Wanderers struggling to get out of their own half.

Fletcher was then denied when his shot from distance was deflected for a corner from which came a goal mouth scramble before Wanderers eventually earned a goal kick to settle their nerves.

SECOND HALF

The visitors commenced the second half just as they ended the first by putting Wanderers under pressure.

Billy Jones was unlucky to see his low cross from the right flash across the face of goal without a team mate getting a decisive touch.

Fletcher, Sunderland’s main threat throughout, should have done better when he received the ball just on the edge of the box but his effort ballooned high and wide over Alnwick’s bar.

Wanderers were struggling to get a firm hold of the game and manager Phil Parkinson made his first changes just before the hour mark when Adam Le Fondre and Derik came on for Wilbraham and Clough.

Aiden McGeady, who had only just come onto the field after replacing Billy Jones, blasted his free kick into the wall from the edge of the box after Wheater committed a foul.

Ameobi was unlucky to see a left footed curler deflect for a corner as Wanderers strived to kill the game off.

In the space of ten seconds Wanderers were denied by the hands of Camp and the cross bar after chances in quick succession fell to Le Fondre and Karacan.

Wanderers were determined to increase their lead but also had to be weary of Sunderland on the break.

It was gripping stuff as both sides were showing fight in their bids to survive in the Sky Bet Championship.

And with six minutes of additional time indicated, the Bolton faithful were left holding their breath.

While Sunderland threw everyone forward in search of an equaliser however, their efforts proved fruitless when coming up against a resolute Bolton backline as Wanderers picked up all three points.

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Free concessionary upgrades for Sunderland clash

19 February 2018

Concessionary season card holders wishing to upgrade their tickets for Wanderers’ Sky Bet Championship clash with Sunderland can do so free of charge.

Available to supporters in possession of under-12, under-18, under-23, over-65 and over-75 season cards, fans are able to upgrade their ticket to a full adult for Tuesday’s clash with the Black Cats.

All adults wishing to use a concessionary season card simply has to present the card at the turnstile to gain entry to the stadium. No paper upgrade ticket will be needed for this fixture.

Tickets for the fixture remain on open sale and are available to purchase online and ‘Print at Home’ HERE.

Alternatively, tickets are also available over the phone on 0844 871 2932 or in person at Bolton Central.”

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