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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Queens Park Rangers v Bolton Wanderers

16 February 2018

Wanderers are back on the road on Saturday as they travel to West London to face Queens Park Rangers.

Hoping to bounce back after their midweek defeat to Cardiff City, highlights five talking points ahead of the Whites' trip to Loftus Road.

1. Away form

Defeat at the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday night leaves Wanderers with a solitary away win this season – a 1-0 triumph at Sheffield United in December.

While the Whites’ home form has been particularly impressive, kick-starting their push out of the relegation zone, Phil Parkinson's side will be a seeking a similar return from their outings on the road in the final third of the season with every point vital in the Sky Bet Championship relegation fight.

And with six of Bolton's remaining eight away matches coming against sides currently in the bottom half of the table, an upturn in away form could be crucial in securing their second tier status for next season, starting with a potential win against 16th placed QPR on Saturday.

2. Busy schedule

The Trotters' next away trip comes a week after Saturday's game when Wanderers make the long journey to Norfolk to take on Norwich City, but before that there is some home comfort with relegation-rivals Sunderland coming to Macron Stadium on Tuesday night.

Slap-bang in the middle of a run of games that will be hard on the legs, there is an opportunity for momentum to build as long as the Whites can bounce back from their defeat in Cardiff in midweek.

A win in West London would give the squad confidence ahead of the six-pointer with Sunderland and two positive results in three days could go a long way to putting considerable distance between Bolton and the drop zone.

3. High-profile returns?

Perhaps the return of the skipper will improve the Trotters’ away form? Darren Pratley has been missing since Wanderers' New Year’s Day victory through injury with the Whites losing both away matches without scoring a goal in his absence.

The London-born midfielder returned to first team training this week and will be eager to make his return in familiar surroundings ahead of a decisive run of fixtures in Bolton's Sky Bet Championship campaign.

One man who could also return to the starting line-up is David Wheater. The centre-back was utilised as a substitute in midweek at Cardiff but will be hoping to return to the heart of the Trotters' defence as they chase a vital three points in the capital. 

4. Karl Henry

Another high-profile return is that of midfielder Karl Henry as he goes back to his former club on Saturday.

The experienced midfielder made just short of 100 appearances for QPR over a four-year spell which included a season in the Premier League.

Having also won promotion to the top-flight through the play-offs during his time in West London, the veteran has been a regular in the Wanderers’ line-up since joining on a free transfer in September, captaining the Whites in their last outing against Cardiff.

Now preparing to return to Loftus Road for the first time since leaving the club at the end of last season, Henry would love to show QPR what they missed out by allowing his contract to run down.

5. Tight at the bottom

With so few points separating the teams in the bottom half, every match is vital at this stage of the season.

Three of the five teams below Bolton are in action on Saturday, where certain results could leave just two points separating 24th and 19th by 5pm.

But a win could move the Trotters as many as five points clear of the relegation zone and within three points of QPR.

Victory over the hosts, who are currently six places above the Championship drop zone, would pull them right back into the mix and give a new target for Wanderers to leapfrog in the table.

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Report: Cardiff City 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

13 February 2018

First half goals from Armand Traore and Sean Morrison gave Cardiff City a comfortable victory in this rearranged Sky Bet Championship encounter in the Welsh capital.

The score line didn’t really reflect the hosts’ dominance – thanks to a string of superlative saves from Ben Alnwick - with Wanderers’ chances to get on the score sheet at a premium.

Team News

Phil Parkinson made three changes to the side that earned an impressive draw against in-form Fulham at the weekend.

Goal scoring hero Adam Le Fondre, Reece Burke and Filipe Morais came in for Zach Clough, David Wheater and Mark Little who were all named among the substitutes.

Meanwhile, former Wanderer Gary Madine wasn't named in the matchday squad after failing a late fitness test.

First Half 

The hosts almost got off to the perfect start when Junior Hoilett was sent clear down the right hand side. The former Blackburn man went around Ben Alnwick, but Mark Beevers was in the right place to clear away the danger before the ball found a blue shirt.

Wanderers, wearing all white, responded with a half-chance of their own after Josh Vela laid the ball on for Derik Osede after being played in superbly by Sammy Ameobi. However, the Spaniard was unable to get his shot on target.

The Bluebirds suffered an early blow when they lost Jamie Ward to injury. Yanic Wildschut replaced the debutant with barely 14 minutes on the clock.

Alnwick was then pressed into action when he made a solid save to thwart Sean Morrison who tried to nod past the Wanderers keeper.

Ameobi looked like he was going to smash in a trademark left footed drive from distance but his effort skewed wide without causing any issue for the Bluebirds’ keeper.

Cardiff then had a great chance to break the deadlock after Wildschut got in behind the Wanderers defence, but Alnwick got his feet to the frontman’s angled drive.

Wanderers were living dangerously and were under sustained pressure. Beevers stretched well clear a header after the ball was pumped into the box from the right hand side, before Hoilett volleyed straight at Alnwick with a shot that lacked power.

A rare opportunity befall Wanderers when Beevers rose above everyone to get his head on Filipe Morais’ free-kick into the box, but the big defender saw his chance drift wide.

Antonee Robinson went on an impressive run, shrugging off numerous challenges, before being dispossessed as he cantered into the box.

Armand Traore found a way past the previously unbeatable Alnwick on 34 minutes when his deflected effort nestled into the back of the net to give Cardiff the lead.

Cardiff were threatening to increase their advantage and the pace of Wildschut got himself ahead of the backline, beating the offside trap, before his side foot found Patterson, who shot narrowly wide.

The second goal came just two minutes before the interval with Wanderers failing to clear a free-kick into their box. Sean Morrison rose to get a header on target which was initially saved at close range from Alnwick, but the forward was first to react to the loose ball and he made no mistake in nodding past the keeper.

Second Half

Parkinson made a change during the break with Wheater coming on for Burke, and the big defender soon found a taste of the action with a couple of headed clearances in quick succession.

Fortune, in the guise of the crossbar, came to Wanderers’ rescue when they again failed to clear a set piece delivery. Manga got his head to an attempted clearance as the ball pinged its way into the box but he could only direct the effort onto the bar with Alnwick well beaten.

Despite the undoubted dominance from the hosts Wanderers won two corners in quick succession but they both came to nothing.

A lightning break from Neil Warnock’s men presented Zohore with a chance after Hoilett’s pass split the Wanderers defence in two, but the Cardiff midfielder’s shot lacked the power to trouble Alnwick.

Le Fondre latched on to a decent through ball which saw him charge towards goal; however, he pulled his angled shot wide without troubling the Bluebirds shot stopper.

Wanderers made their second substitution when Clough came on for Derik to try and give the visitors more of an attacking edge.

Loanee Clough’s attacking threat almost paid dividends when he got into the box thanks to a brilliant ball from Morais only to see an attempted pass cleared. Le Fondre was ready to strike before the ball was cleared. This period was arguably Wanderers’ best passage of the evening. 

The impressive Alnwick was at his best once again when he tipped over a Hoilett drive before rising to collect the resulting corner.

Beevers was perfectly placed on his goaline to keep out another Hoilett effort as Cardiff went in search of putting the game well and truly beyond Wanderers’ reach.

Tyler Walker was Wanderers’ last change of the night when he came on for Ameobi with just five minutes of the game remaining.

Although Wanderers improved in the second-half, the damage had already been done in the first thanks to the goals from Traore and Morrison.

With another long distance trip to QPR at the weekend, Parkinson will be hoping for an improved display from his charges in the capital.

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Pay on the day confirmed for Cardiff City

12 February 2018

Tickets for Wanderers' trip to Cardiff City on Tuesday will be available to purchase on the night at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Kicking off at 7.45pm, tickets will be available on a cash only basis from the away ticket office, while there will be a £2 price increase for all age bands on the day.

Any supporters who have organised for their tickets to be sent to Cardiff City or have their tickets duplicated will also be available to be collected from the away ticket office.

The club has received an allocation of 1,341 tickets for the Whites’ trip to the Cardiff City Stadium, while advance tickets remain on sale in person at Bolton Central or via the phone lines until 10am on the day of the game, subject to availability.


Advance Ticket Prices

Adults - £22

Over-60s - £18

Under-22s - £13

Under-16s - £10


Matchday Ticket Prices

Adults - £24

Over-60s - £20

Under-22s - £15

Under-16s - £12


Advance Family Area Ticket Prices*

Adults - £15

Over-60s - £12

Under-22s - £10

Under-16s - £5

*No adult tickets will be sold without Under-16s and no Under-16s will be sold without adults in the designated Family Area. Family area tickets are not available on the day.

How To Buy

Phone – 0844 871 2932 (option 2 then option 1)

In Person – Visit Bolton Central

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