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

31 March 2018

Following their narrow defeat to Leeds United on Good Friday, Bolton Wanderers will be looking to bounce back in style when they welcome Birmingham City to Macron Stadium on Tuesday.

With the Whites looking to extend the gap between themselves and the bottom three as they bid to secure Sky Bet Championship football for next season, bwfc.co.uk picks out five talking points ahead of the visit of the Blues to BL6.

1. Six-pointer

With every last point vital to Wanderers and Birmingham City as they both look to secure Sky Bet Championship football next season, Tuesday night’s game could prove vital to both side’s fortunes come the end of the season.

Currently sitting 20th in the table, a victory for the Whites would see them extend the gap between themselves, the Blues and the bottom three with just six games to go, and could see them gain as many as two places in the table.

With Bolton faring well in previous games against sides around them, beating the likes of Sunderland, Hull City and Barnsley at Macron Stadium, the Trotters know how big an opportunity Tuesday night’s game is against another side fighting for survival.

2. Home form

The Trotters have lost just twice at home in the Sky Bet Championship since September and will be desperate to make home advantage count once again in front of what is set to be one of Macron Stadium’s biggest crowds of the season on Tuesday night.

If Wanderers do cement their Sky Bet Championship status for next season, it will be largely thanks to home form with 28 of their 39 points this term coming on home soil. Meanwhile, visitors Birmingham have picked up just 10 away points all campaign.

With the Blues set to be backed by a sold-out away following, the Whites need to make the most of every advantage possible to ensure another positive result in front of their home fans.

3. Kids for a Quid

It’s the Easter holidays so club bosses have lowered Under-18s ticket for Tuesday’s game to just £1, encouraging supporters to bring the whole family to watch their heroes against Birmingham City!

With Phil Parkinson’s men looking to build on their solid home form, now is the time to get behind your club and help them over the line with other tickets for the game priced at just £15 for adults and £7 for concessions.

Tickets are can be purchased in person at Bolton Central, by calling 0844 871 2932, option 2 then option 1 or by booking tickets online.

Supporters looking to upgrade their match day experience for this fixture can purchase hospitality places in the Lion of Vienna Suite for only £49 with our midweek football offer.

This includes a delicious one-course meal plus a cushioned seat in a prime viewing location.

Season ticket holders can upgrade their ticket to the Lion of Vienna Suite for just £50.

For further details or to book please contact the Sales Team 01204 673761, email sales@bwfc.co.uk or CLICK HERE to book online. 

4. ALF's scoring form

Adam Le Fondre’s header against Leeds United took his tally to the season to five, with three of his strikes coming in his last four appearances.

The popular forward has risen to the occasion in recent weeks following the departure of Gary Madine in January, rewarding his manager’s faith by showing that his appetite for goalscoring shows no signs of wavering!

Kick-starting his campaign with a stunning volley from the bench against Fulham, the 31-year-old has three goals from his last six starts, and a total of four goals from nine league starts all season.

With such form seeing Le Fondre establish himself as Bolton’s first-choice striker, he will be hungry to continue such form in the final weeks of the season.

5. Be loud, be proud and back the boys!

The club is expecting an electric atmosphere at Macron Stadium on Tuesday night, knowing that three points for the Trotters could prove pivotal in securing another year of Championship football.

Wanderers will need their supporters in full voice on Tuesday to help silence a vocal away following, to help cheer the Whites over the line and to get behind the team for the final stages of the season.

Be loud, be proud and back the boys!

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Report: Leeds United 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

30 March 2018

Bolton Wanderers went down to a narrow and unlucky defeat against Leeds United at Elland Road on Good Friday.

An early goal from Caleb Ekuban set the hosts on their way before Pablo Hernandez doubled his side’s lead shortly after the second-half.

When Wanderers pulled a goal back through Adam Le Fondre they had several further chances to equalise but couldn’t break down the Leeds defence.

And despite a late rally from the visitors Phil Parkinson’s men headed back across the Pennines without the point they perhaps deserved.

Team News

Wanderers made two enforced changes as they returned to action following the international break. Jan Kirchhoff and Josh Vela both came into the midfield to replace the injured duo of Darren Pratley and Karl Henry. Andrew Taylor donned the captain’s armband in lieu of Pratley.

First Half

Wanderers had an early reprieve after Taylor’s misplaced back pass was intercepted by Ezgjan Alioski who curled the left footer wide with just two minutes gone on the clock.

But the hosts drew first blood just a minute later when Caleb Ekuban volleyed home from six yards after the Wanderers defence failed to clear their lines.

Kirchhoff nearly drew Wanderers level when he got his end on the end of Sammy Ameobi’s corner, only to see the effort glance wide.

After that early set back, Wanderers gathered their composure and were starting to see more of the ball, particularly in midfield.

Kirchoff was a magnet for the ball and alongside Derik they broke up a number of Leeds’ attacks.

The visitors were by now enjoying far more possession and using the ball well but crucially weren’t able to test Bailey Peacock-Farrell in the Leeds goal.

Derik almost put paid to that when he had a shot from 25 yards out but the Spaniard wasn’t able to keep the ball down as it sailed over the cross bar.

Stuart Dallas was shown a yellow card for a late challenge on Will Buckley.

Alioski broke free on 35 minutes and outpaced Taylor but the midfielder screwed his shot wide.

The chance had resurrected some attacking life back into Leeds and moments later they won a corner after Alioski once again got behind the Wanderers defence.

Beevers almost inadvertently steered the ball beyond Alnwick with an attempted headed clearance and from the resulting corner Pontus Janssen powered a header against the crossbar.

Second Half

The hosts were quickest out of the traps once again and but for a fine save from Alnwick, diving to his left to keep out Hernandez, they would have doubled their advantage with barely a minute of the half having elapsed.

Leeds didn’t have to wait long to score their second, which had a sense of inevitability about it. Alnwick had somehow managed to keep out a wicked shot from Alioski, but couldn’t get close to Hernandez who latched onto the rebound to bury the ball in the back of the net.

Ameobi had a chance after receiving a short free kick but his effort lacked the power to trouble Peacock-Farrell.

But Wanderers’ pulled a goal back and got themselves back into the contest thanks to a tidy header from Le Fondre off Ameobi’s right-sided free kick after 54 minutes.

Amoebi went close moments later with a right footed strike as Leeds appeared to be shell shocked by Le Fondre’s goal.

Wanderers had the impetus and should have been on level terms when Flanagan put in a delightful cross into the box. However, with only Peacock-Farrell to beat, Buckley placed his diving header wide.

The hosts made their first substitution in the 62nd minute when Samuel Saiz came on for Pierre-Michel Lasogga.

Filipe Morais came on for Buckley in a like for like swap with 25 minutes of the game remaining.

Alnwick made a stunning save with an outstretched foot to keep out Ekuban who sprang the offside trap as Leeds tried to restore their two-goal cushion.

Parkinson made another change on 74 minutes when Wilbraham came on for Kirchhoff to give Wanderers a different dimension in the final third.

Wanderers looked determined to get an equaliser and had their hosts on the back foot.

Ameobi went close when his low shot squirmed throw a sea of bodies only to be cleared off the line by O’Kane.

Zach Clough came on for Taylor with two minutes remaining as Wanderers tried to throw everything could to get the equaliser. 

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Ticket bulletin: Wednesday 28 March

28 March 2018

Welcome to the ticket update for Wednesday 28 March. Here you will find all the information you need in a simple-to-read format regarding match tickets for Bolton Wanderers' upcoming fixtures.

WHO WHEN STATUS PRICES
Leeds United (A)

Friday 30 March

3pm

SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT

Birmingham City (H)

Tuesday 3 April

8pm

 

Open sale*

 

*To Bolton Wanderers supporters with a previous booking history.

 

Adults: £15

Over-65s: £7

Under-23s: £7

Under-18s: £1

Derby County (A)

Saturday 7 April

3pm

 

Open sale

 

Adults: £24

Over-65s: £17

Under 18s: £13.50

Under-13s*: £7.50

*Any child aged 13 & under must be accompanied by someone aged 18 or above. Children under the age of 2 years will not be permitted entry to Pride Park Stadium.

Millwall (H)

Tuesday 10 April

8pm

Open sale

Adults: From £26

Over-65s: From £20

Under-18s: £10

Under-12s: £8

Barnsley (A)

Saturday 14 April

3pm

 

On sale to season ticket holders

 

Club members - 03/04/2018

Open sale - 05/04/2018

 

Adults: £30

Over-65s: £22

Under-22s: £22

Under-17s: £10

Under-12s: £5

Wolverhampton Wanderers (H)

Saturday 21 April

3pm

 

On sale to season ticket holders and members

 

Open sale - 03/04/2018*

*To Bolton Wanderers supporters with a previous booking history

 

Adults: From £28

Over-65s: From £22

Under-18s: £11

Under-12s: £9


*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 sales@bwfc.co.uk, phone the commercial team on 01204 673761, or buy online HERE.

Tickets and official club travel can be bought online at www.eticketing.co.uk/bwfc, 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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