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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Leeds United v Bolton Wanderers

29 March 2018

Following the conclusion of the March international break, it’s time to focus on the final stretch in the league season as Wanderers return to action away at Leeds United.

Unbeaten from their last three outings, the Whites will be looking to extend that run as picks out five talking points ahead of Bolton's visit to Elland Road.

1. Football is back!

The international breaks drag on a bit, don’t they? Thankfully, league action returns on Good Friday as Wanderers go on a little excursion of their own – albeit only to nearby Leeds.

It’s been almost a fortnight since the Wanderers beat Aston Villa at BL6, but Phil Parkinson will be hoping that his team can keep the momentum from that victory going when they step out at Elland Road.

And games coming thick and fast over the next few weeks, starting with the Easter weekend, it will be important for Bolton to get off to a good start heading into the final stretch of the 2017/18 Sky Bet Championship season.

2. Away form

The Trotters go into their clash at Elland Road having seen their away record pick up in recent weeks following draws in each of their last three games on the road.

Points against Norwich, Reading and Sheffield Wednesday have helped Wanderers climb away from the Sky Bet Championship bottom three as other teams at the lower end of the table have struggled for form.

Another result this Friday would go a long way helping secure their status in the Championship next season.

3. Big away following

Bolton will be backed by 2,500 supporters after selling out their entire away allocation for the trip to Elland Road.

While the Trotters have picking up just a solitary win away from home this season, a 1-0 against Sheffield United in the last match of 2017, they have always been backed by strong away numbers with the Wanderers faithful always travelling in force.

Whit the Whites' again set to be backed by a passionate away support, it will be a huge boost for Bolton to see a packed away stand at one of the more intimidating grounds in the division.

Be loud, be proud and back the boys!

4. Midfield options

There will be fierce competition for places in the middle of the park on Friday with the return of Jan Kirchhoff.

The ex-Bayern Munich player has missed the last two games through injury, but returned to fitness during the international break and is eyeing up a first team return at Elland Road.

Derik Osede has impressed in his absence in recent weeks, while Darren Pratley and Karl Henry will both be assessed late on after picking up knocks during the week.

With Josh Vela and Jem Karacan also available and Reece Burke catching the eye when selected in midfield away at Norwich City, manager Phil Parkinson will be left with pleny to ponder when travelling to Leeds.

5. Easter weekend

The Easter period doesn’t just bring chocolate eggs and bank holidays, but also a busy schedule of football matches!

After the visit to Elland Road, the next opponents to BL6 will be rivals Birmingham City on Tuesday night.

With two huge games coming in such a short space of time, it’s an opportunity for Wanderers to put some distance between themselves and the danger zone at a crucial stage of the season. 

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Match Reports

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 News

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.

Leeds United (A)

Friday 30 March




Birmingham City (H)

Tuesday 3 April



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



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


Open sale

Adults: From £26

Over-65s: From £20

Under-18s: £10

Under-12s: £8

Barnsley (A)

Saturday 14 April



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



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, 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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