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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Cardiff City v Bolton Wanderers

12 February 2018

After Saturday’s draw with Sky Bet Championship promotion contenders Fulham, Wanderers are back in action on Tuesday night as they make the trip to South Wales to face Cardiff City.

And with the Whites looking to extend their three-match unbeaten run, bwfc.co.uk highlights five talking points ahead of our clash with the Bluebirds.

1. Former Cardiff players

Phil Parkinson’s squad features several players who used to call the Cardiff City Stadium home.

Craig Noone and Andrew Taylor both made over 100 appearances for the Bluebirds during long spells at the club, while at the other end of the scale, goalkeeper Mark Howard spent a year with Cardiff without making a league appearance.

Add into the mix Sammy Ameobi’s loan spell and Adam Le Fondre’s three-year stint and you can almost put together half a team of former Cardiff players who will be itching to impress against their former club.

2. Food for thought

Speaking of impressing, Le Fondre did exactly that on Saturday when he came off the bench to net the stunning equaliser which earned Wanderers a point against Fulham.

The man who Le Fondre replaced, Zach Clough, was also in good form, making his first start since returning to the club.

Despite not getting himself on the scoresheet, Clough was a handful for the Fulham backline and will feel he has made a case to keep his starting spot.

Tyler Walker also impressed on debut against Bristol City which is giving manager Phil Parkinson a nice dilemma with who to start in the striking position.

3. Gary Madine

Until January 31, that sole striker spot was the property of Gary Madine. The former Whites frontman has started both matches for the Bluebirds since his deadline day move to South Wales and will be looking to open his account for his new club against his old one.

After training with him for the majority of the season, the Wanderers backline should know Madine’s game inside out but will have their hands full stopping the big man adding to his ten goals this campaign.

4. Game in hand

This match was rescheduled from January 27 due to Cardiff being in FA Cup fourth round action that weekend, meaning Wanderers have had a game in hand on all their relegation rivals since then.

The rearranged match falls in a week where the Whites can put five points between themselves and the relegation places with a win and leapfrog Reading by climbing up to 18th.

And with a trip to 15th placed QPR coming up at the weekend, a victory would keep Wanderers looking up the table rather than back over their shoulders.

5. Pay on the day

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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Match Reports

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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Ticket News

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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