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

22 February 2018

Wanderers are back on the road on Saturday as they travel to Norfolk to face Norwich City.

Looking to build on Tuesday night's victory over Sunderland, highlights five talking points ahead of the Whites' trip to Carrow Road.

1. Away form

Having lost only once at home in the Sky Bet Championship since September, Wanderers will be hoping to to replicate that form on their travels as they look to finish the season strongly.

The Whites have one away win to their name so far this campaign, coming away at Sheffield United in late-December, having found wins away from home hard to come by at this level in recent years.

However, Bolton showed their strength on the road last year as they clinched promotion back to the second tier at the first time of asking, often backed by a large, vocal away support.

And with many of their standout performances coming away from home, the Trotters will be eager to replicate some of last season's memorable results with every last point vital between now and the end of the season.  

2. Enforced changes

With Mark Little and Josh Vela already absent through suspension and injury, Phil Parkinson will also be without the services of Karl Henry for Saturday's trip to Carrow Road after the midfielder picked up his tenth booking of the season last time out.

Wanderers made six changes to their starting XI for their midweek win of Sunderland, and Henry's absence guarantees at least one more change for the trip to Norwich.

Jem Karacan caught the eye in Tuesday's win over the Black Cats, while Derik Osede has also impressed when given the opportunity this season.

Elsewhere, captain Darren Pratley is closing in on a first team return, ensuring the Whites still boast plenty of options despite recent absentees.

3. Former Canaries

Aaron Wilbraham and Ben Alnwick could both line up against their former club on Saturday as Bolton make the trip to Norfolk.

Wilbraham, who was handed handed his first league start of the season last time out, spent 18 months at Carrow Road after joining Norwich in January 2011.

Helping the Canaries win promotion to the Premier League in his first few months at the club, the veteran forward helped Norwich finish 12th in the top-flight the following year before departing for Crystal Palace.

Meanwhile, Alnwick, who has been one of the Trotters' standout performers in recent weeks, enjoyed a brief loan spell with Norwich in 2009, making six appearances for the club in a season that ended with them winning promotion back to the Championship.

4. Jan Kirchhoff

Wanderers completed the signing of Jan Kirchhoff on Thursday but Whites fans are unlikely to see the German in action at Carrow Road.

Although available for selection, the 27-year-old has been without a club since the summer and is expected to be eased in gradually as he looks to build up his fitness ahead of a vital period of the season.

5. Pay on the day

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

Kicking off at 3pm, travelling fans will be able to buy tickets directly from the main ticket office on a cash-only basis. There will be no price increase.

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

Advance tickets remain on sale in person from Bolton Central or via the phone lines until 2pm on Friday 23 February, subject to availability.


Adults: £25
Over-65s: £15
Under-18s: £10
Under-12s: £5

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Match Reports

Report: Norwich City 0-0 Bolton Wanderers

24 February 2018

A determined and resilient display from Phil Parkinson’s men earned Bolton Wanderers a precious point at Carrow Road after they shut up shop to keep out Norwich City on a bitterly cold afternoon in Norfolk.

How the Canaries didn’t score during the first half was testament to a stoic performance from Wanderers.

But it wasn’t all Norwich from an attacking point of view, as Wanderers caused problems of their own, particularly in the second half.

They claimed the result that epitomised their guile and character.


Phil Parkinson made four changes to the side that beat Sunderland in midweek with captain Darren Pratley returning from injury in place of the suspended Karl Henry. Reece Burke, Antonee Robinson and Adam Le Fondre returned to the fray with Andrew Taylor, Aaron Wilbraham and Zach Clough named among the substitutes.


The Canaries’ possession-centric football was evident from the off as they managed to keep hold of the ball from kick off for the opening two minutes without advancing into Wanderers’ half.

Moritz Leitner unleashed a shot from the edge of the box, which went narrowly wide, as the hosts advanced further up the field.

James Maddison, who started brightly, had Ben Alnwick beaten with a right footed curler from the edge of the box, but the keeper’s left hand post came to Wanderers’ rescue.

The returning Pratley fouled Josh Murphy which presented Norwich with a free-kick about 30 yards out. Maddison took the set-piece and Grant Hanley should have done better with his unchallenged header that drifted wide.

Wanderers earned successive corners thanks to Robinson’s advance down the left, but Morais’ second effort went straight into the arms of Angus Gunn.

Maddison was constantly making a nuisance of himself and he drew a foul from Wheater just outside the box.  The blonde-haired midfielder picked himself up to take the free-kick which deflected off Wanderers’ stoic wall for a corner.

Alnwick got the better of Madison moments later when he parried a thunderous drive from the energetic midfielder, who was by far and away the Canaries’ most threatening player.

A rare chance for Wanderers came when Le Fondre got a glancing header on a Morais centre after the visitors broke away. The chance, though, glided wide of Gunn.

Wheater made a spectacular last ditch challenge to dispossess Murphy after the front man was in front of goal.

Dervite got a boot on to Oliveria’s goalbound shot as the hosts tried to step things up but Wanderers quickly countered from the resulting corner and ended up with a free-kick after Morais was fouled.

Pratley picked up the game’s first caution for a late challenge on Reed with ten minutes of the half remaining.

Leitner spurned his side’s best chance when he inexplicably sidefooted the ball wide of an advancing Alnwick after being put through by a splendid pass from Oliveria.

There were shades of Frank Worthington from Sammy Ameobi as he juggled the ball with his back to goal before unleashing a volley which went wide as Wanderers again found themselves in a good attacking position.

But the hosts responded with another foray into the Wanderers third which culminated in a firm shot from that man Maddison blocked impressively by Morais.


Despite making no substitutions, Wanderers changed formation to  a back four with Morais moving over to a wide midfield position on the left and Dervite going to right back.

Wanderers earned a free kick from the right hand side of the penalty area straight after they got the half underway. A terrific delivery from the Portuguese born star forced the Canaries into conceding a corner from a defensive header.

It was a bright start to the second period from the visitors who enjoyed a lot of possession. Another free kick from Morais was whipped into the box. It evaded everyone as it bobbled its way in to the arms of Gunn.

Maddison resumed from where he had left off and saw a left footed centre deflect off Beevers who was in front of goal.

Zimmerman had his name taken by the referee for a late challenge on Karacan which gave Morais another set piece that was ultimately cleared by the hosts.

Wanderers were edging their way back into the contest and the travelling band of 600 or so visiting fans were making their presence felt despite the freezing conditions at Carrow Road.

Parkinson made a double substitution after 67 minutes with Wilbraham and Flanagan on for Le Fondre and Wheater.

Some good hold up play by Wilbraham laid a chance on for Karacan whose goalbound effort deflected for a corner. As he was crossing over to take the corner, Morais was shown a yellow card for apparent time wasting.

Wanderers looked a far different proposition than they did in their first half and certainly worked the Norwich midfield and defence much harder.

Burke was the next Wanderers player to receive a caution after he grappled Maddison to the floor.

The Canaries made their first change when Srbeny replaced Hernandez with 13 minutes of play remaining.

The talismanic Wes Hoolahan soon followed when he came on for Tettey; Wanderers then made their final change with Derik coming on for Burke, who hobbled off with what appeared to be a leg injury.

Ameobi received a very harsh yellow card for a challenge in which he clearly won the ball.

With just five minutes remaining, Wilbraham hit a shot over the bar with only Gunn to beat after some determined running and a slide-rule pass from Flanagan found his fellow substitute in a great position.

Deep into the six minutes of time added on, Flanagan was cautioned for a late challenge on Murphy which presented the hosts with a set piece in a very dangerous area out wide. Hoolahan’s free kick was successfully defended as Wanderers breathed again.

But Parkinson’s men held on to earn the point their second-half merited.


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Ticket News

Ticket bulletin: Friday 23 February

23 February 2018

Welcome to the ticket update for Friday 23 February. Here you will find all the information you need in a simple-to-read format regarding match tickets for Bolton Wanderers' upcoming fixtures.

Norwich City (A)

Saturday 24 February 


Open sale

Adults - £25

Over-65s - £15

Under-18s - £10

Under-12s - £5

Preston North End (H)

Saturday 3 March


Open sale*


*To Bolton Wanderers supporters who have a registered account on or before 12 February 2018

Adults from £30

Over-65s from £24

Under-23s from £24

Under-18s: £12

Under-12s: £10

Reading (A)

Tuesday 6 March


On sale to season ticket holders and club members


Open sale - Monday 26 February

Prices (Season ticket holders and members)

Adults: £20

Over-65s: £13

Under-25s: £10

Under-18s: £5

Prices (Non-season ticket holders)

Adults: £25

Over-65s: £16

Under-25s: £13

Under-18s: £8

Family Area Prices

Two adults and two Under-18s: £42

Two adults and one Under-18: £39

One adult and two Under-18s: £26

One adult and one Under-18: £22

Sheffield Wednesday (A)

Saturday 10 March


On sale to season ticket holders


Club members - Monday 26 February

Open sale - Wednesday 28 February

Adults: £20

Over-65s: £15

Under-21s: £15

Under-17s: £10

Under-11s: £5

Aston Villa (H)

Saturday 17 March


On sale to season ticket holders and club members


Open sale - Monday 26 February

Adults from £30

Over-65s from £24

Under-23s from £24

Under-18s: £12

Under-12s: £10

*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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