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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Sheffield Wednesday v Bolton Wanderers

9 March 2018

Following Tuesday night's encouraging draw at Reading, Wanderers are on the road again as they travel to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

With a victory enough to see the Whites leapfrog the Owls in the Sky Bet Championship table, highlights five talking points ahead of Bolton's trip to Hillsborough.

1. Chasing the hat-trick

Wanderers will be looking to clinch a hat-trick of victories over Sheffield Wednesday this season when they travel to Hillsborough, having already between the Owls twice at Macron Stadium earlier in the campaign.

Goals from Dorian Dervite, loanee Adam Armstrong and Jem Karacan saw the Whites record a 3-2 victory to knock Wednesday out of the Carabao Cup back in August, before Sammy Ameobi inspired Bolton to their first league win of the season against the Owls in October.

With the Trotters winning four of their last five visits to Hillsborough, Wanderers will be eyeing up another victory knowing all three points would see them leapfrog Wednesday in the Sky Bet Championship table.

2. Away form

After putting in positive displays to claim back-to-back away draws at Norwich City and Reading, the Whites will be looking to build on both performances as they travel to an out-of-form Sheffield Wednesday.

Although Bolton have been victorious only once on their travels so far this season, that maiden win came in the Steel City against the Owls' fierce rivals Sheffield United. 

Boasting a strong recent record at Hillsborough, and with a big away following of over 1,800 currently set to make the trip, the Trotters will be feeling optimistic heading into Saturday's game.

3. Familiar faces

Mark Beevers is in line to face his former club this weekend having started his career at Sheffield Wednesday and been a member of the Owls side that won promotion to the Sky Bet Championship in 2011/12.

Starting 34 of Wanderers' 36 league outings this season (more than any other Whites player), the defender made 161 appearances and scored four goals during his time at Hillsborough.

Having scored his first goal of the campaign last weekend against Preston North End, Beevers will be hoping to impress against his former employers as Bolton look to finish the season strongly.

Meanwhile in the opposing camp, former Trotters loanee Barry Bannan could also line up against his former side if he recovers from injury, having enjoyed a successful half-season stint at Macron Stadium in 2014/15.

The Scotland international, who made 16 appearances during his time at BL6, has been sidelined since early-December but is closing in on a first team return after returning to training.

Both players will be afforded warm receptions from home and away supporters alike if they take to the field on Saturday.

4. Attacking options

Phil Parkinson reverted to a 4-2-3-1 system for Tuesday's trip to Reading in the absence of the injured Sammy Ameobi as he made seven changes to the side that faced Preston North End.

Adam Le Fondre impressed as the lone striker against his former club, while Darren Pratley caught the eye in the number 10 postition with Will Buckley and Filipe Morais both looking dangerous outwide.

Having scored against the Royals, Le Fondre will be hopeful of retaining his place, while Zach Clough, Tyler Walker, Aaron Wilbraham and new signing Chinedu Obasi are all waiting in the wings should Wanderers make further changes.

Ameobi could return if he recovers from a back injury, while Craig Noone is also in contention after making his own return from injury in midweek.

With competition for places strong, Parkinson has plenty to ponder ahead of the trip to Hillsborough.

5. Pay on the day

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

Kicking off at 3pm, Whites supporters will be able to buy tickets from the away turnstiles on a cash-only basis on Saturday afternoon. There will be no price increase.

Any supporters who have organised for their tickets to be sent to Sheffield Wednesday for collection or have had their tickets duplicated, will be able to collect from Gate 6 which is situated next to the away turnstiles.


Adults: £20

Over-65s: £15

Under-21s: £15

Under-17s: £10

Under-11s: £5

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Match Reports

Report: Reading 1-1 Bolton Wanderers

6 March 2018

Adam Le Fondre returned to his old hunting ground to earn Bolton Wanderers a point after coming from behind against Reading at the Madjeski Stadium.

In truth the visitors can count themselves unlucky not to have claimed all three points as they dominated possession and proceedings against the lacklustre Royals.

Mo Barrow scored against the run of play to put the hosts in the driving seat but Le Fondre, who was a constant thorn in the side of his former club, equalised on the stroke of half time.

A new look Wanderers controlled play but were unable to force home what would have been a deserved winner.

Team News

Jan Kirchhoff and Jon Flanagan were handed their first starts in Wanderers colours as manager Phil Parkinson rang the changes for the Sky Bet Championship clash against Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

Only four players retained their starting roles from the weekend’s defeat against Preston with Andrew Taylor, Adam Le Fondre, Will Buckley, Karl Henry and Reece Burke joining the two debutants.

Henry, returned from a two-game suspension to bolster the midfield alongside captain Darren Pratley. There was no place in the squad for David Wheater, Sammy Ameobi, Josh Vela and Tyler Walker who all featured in Wanderers’ previous match.

First Half

The visitors opened the game in a positive manner earning an early corner after some good work on the right hand side by Filipe Morais.

In fact, Wanderers had the majority of possession during the opening exchanges with play largely centred in Reading’s third of the pitch.

A slip in the box from 17 year-old debutant Tom Holmes give Adam Le Fondre a double chance but his strikes were cleared much to the relief of the youngster.

The play shifted to the other end of the park and a misplaced pass from Morais  almost let in Chris Martin whose effort landed on the roof of the Wanderers net.

That opening seemed to spark the Royals into life and they won a free kick on the edge of the box after Pratley tripped up Liam Kelly. Aluko took the free-kick but blazed high and wide over the bar.

A stunning save from Annssi Jaakkola kept out Le Fondre whose powerful drive seemed destined for the top corner but for the fingertips of the goalkeeper.

Yet another mistake from the Reading midfield let in Le Fondre who charged on goal with only the keeper to beat; however, his left footed strike went over the bar.

However, it was the Royals who took the lead through Mo Barrow who cantered down the right hand side shrugging off a couple of challenges to shoot past Alnwick from a tight angle.

Wanderers had another golden chance to get on the scoresheer just before the break but Buckley hesitated near the penalty spot to allow a Reading defender to clear for a corner.

But the miss mattered not for less than 60 seconds later Le Fondre atoned for his earlier misses to bundle the ball home after beating his marker to get to Morais’ cross on the cusp of half time.

Second Half

The visitors, who were backed by a vociferous travelling support of 484 fans, earned an early corner after the restart which Morais pumped into the box. Although Jaakola got a flailing fist to it the Royals struggled to get rid of the ball which left Wanderers on the front foot for a while, eventually earning another corner.

Alnwick made a brave save – taking a full blooded knock to the chest – to prevent Barrow from charging down on goal.

A good passage of play, with some fluid passing, saw Taylor enjoy a chance from distance. His right-footed volley wasn’t that far away either!

Wanderers were again taking control of the match thanks to their powerhouse midfield which was superbly marshalled by Kirchhoff.

Parkinson made his first change with Noone coming on for Morais after 66 minutes.

Four minutes later and Karacan replaced the impressive Kirchhoff.

Le Fondre with his back to goal swung around and wasn’t too far away from testing Jaakkola.

Wanderers made their final change with ten minutes remaining when Buckley made way for Wilbraham.

The changes saw Wanderers gather the initiative once again and they won a series of corners to turn up the heat on Reading as they strove for a winner.

Alnwick was pressed into making a routine save from substitute John Swift as the hosts  had a rare foray into the Wanderers half.

Noone had a strike on goal after Beevers broke in the final third but the sub hit his shot straight at Jaakkola.

A late surge from Reading saw them win a corner in the dying embers of the game but the Wanderers defence held firm.

Sadly, that elusive goal didn’t come and Wanderers had to settle for the point. However, their performance was immeasurably better than Saturday’s contest against Preston and with Sheffield Wednesday on their travels at the weekend, Parkinson will be hoping for more of the same.

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Ticket News

Pay on the day confirmed for Reading

5 March 2018

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

Kicking off at 8pm, tickets will be able to purchase from the South Stand Ticket Office via cash or card from 6.30pm onwards. There will be no price increase with the non-season ticket holder/member price in place on the night.

Any supporters who have organised for their tickets to be sent to Reading for collection or have their tickets duplicated will also be available to be collect from the South Stand Ticket Office.

The club received an allocation of 725 tickets for the Whites’ trip to the Madejski 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.


Adults: £25
Over-65s: £16
Under-25s: £13
Under-18s: £8



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 Ticket 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


Official coach travel is available, costing £25 per person. All coaches depart Macron Stadium at 12:30pm.

How To Buy

Phone: 0844 871 2932 (option 2 then option 1)
In Person: Visit Bolton Central

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