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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, bwfc.co.uk 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.

Prices

Adults: £20

Over-65s: £15

Under-21s: £15

Under-17s: £10

Under-11s: £5

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Report: Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Bolton Wanderers

10 March 2018

Aaron Wilbraham rescued a dramatic point for Bolton Wanderers right at the death after a controversial George Boyd goal had threatened to gift Sheffield Wednesday an undeserved victory at Hillsborough.

The assistant referee had initially flagged for offside in the build-up to the Owls' goal, only for him to bring his flag down which prompted the referee Darren Bond to let the goal stand.

And with time running out Wilbraham came off the bench to head his first goal in Wanderers colours to earn a share of the spoils and send the travelling 1800 Wanderers supporters into ecstasy.

Team News

Phil Parkinson made two changes to team which picked up a point against Reading in midweek. Sammy Ameobi and Derki returned to the starting XI at the expense of Josh Vela and Filipe Morais, the latter of whom was named among the subsitutes.

With two victories against Sheffield Wednesday already this season, Wanderers were hoping to make it a hat-trick against the out of form Owls, who made six changes to their team.

First Half

Daniel Pudil had the game’s first effort after five minutes when he flashed a volley well wide when his long range throw into the Wanderers box was cleared to him from a defensive header off Derik.

The match started off at an even tempo with both sides taking their time to settle into a rhythm.

Sammy Ameobi almost carved open Wanderers opening chance when he charged towards the box, looking for a one-two with Adam Le Fondre. The frontman, though, was unable to return the ball to his team-mate who would have been in a fantastic position to score.

The duo combined once again moments later with Ameobi threading through a lovely ball to Le Fondre who was flagged offside as he took a shot, which incidentally went wide.

The hosts should have been in front after 20 minutes when Jack Hunt found himself unmarked at the far post. His shot though skewed wide of Ben Alnwick’s right hand post to give Wanderers a reprieve.

Joe Wildsmith had to have his wits about him after Ameobi’s powerfully-hit free-kick took a deflection off the Wednesday wall on its way towards goal.

Buckley then had a glorious chance to put his side in front when he robbed Hunt of possession and ran towards goal despite taking a kick to the ankles. The midfielder was unable to get a shot on goal though.

Wildsmith was pressed into action as Wanderers upped the ante when he kept out a spectacular acrobatic volley from Le Fondre.

The Wednesday keeper was in inspired form as made a great low save to keep out Buckley’s far post header after he latched onto Ameobi’s superb right footed cross.

Second Half

Ameobi combined well with Buckley deep on the left with the latter putting in a splendid cross into the box. The ball though fell between Le Fondre and Pratley and as eventually cleared.

Buckley was attacking well and might have done better after latching on to Taylor’s cut back. His shot was tame and easily gathered by Wildsmith.

A bright spell from Wanderers ensued and they were firmly on top but couldn’t convert their possession and incisiveness into chances.

Morais was brought on just after the hour mark when he replaced Buckley. The Portuguese immediately took a corner which was cleared for another one.

He was also involved in a build-up which culminated in Ameobi firing on target with a volleyed effort.

Wanderers had their opponents on the ropes once again but weren’t testing Wildsmith.

They did, however, when Ameobi cut in from the right an unleashed a trademark left footed striker which bounced awkwardly in front of the Wednesday keeper who did well to beat the ball away.

The hosts made their first change when Rhodes came on for Nuhiu with fifteen minutes of the game remaining.

Against the run of play, and with a degree of controversy, Wednesday found themselves in front thanks to Boyd angled shot at the far post. However, Wanderers were aggrieved as the linesman’s flag had been up for an offside infringement in the build up to the goal. For some reason, it was withdrawn seconds later much to the frustration of the Wanderers bench.

Burke also grabbed an equaliser when he got a header to Morais’ free-kick but Wildsmith managed to fingertip the ball over his bar for a corner.

Parkinson responded with a double attacking substation when he brought on Clough and Wilbraham for Derik and Flanagan.

And the tall frontman bagged his opening goal deep into injury time to give Wanderers a precious point.

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Ticket News

Pay on the day confirmed for Sheffield Wednesday

9 March 2018

Tickets for Wanderers' trip to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday 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.

The club have received an initial allocation of 2,225 tickets for the Whites' trip to Hillsborough, while advance tickets remain on sale in person at Bolton Central or via the phone lines until 2pm on Friday 9 March, subject to availability.

Prices

Adults: £20

Over-65s: £15

Under-21s: £15

Under-17s: £10

Under-11s: £5

 

How To Buy

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

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