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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Bolton Wanderers v Queens Park Rangers

20 October 2017

Wanderers take on Queens Park Rangers this weekend, fresh from claiming their first league win of the season in their last outing. With morale high at Macron Stadium, bwfc.co.uk highlights five talking points ahead of the Whites' Sky Bet Championship clash with the R's.

1. Off the mark!

After managing to clinch their first league victory of the season last time out at home to Sheffield Wednesday, Wanderers will be looking to build on that result when they host Queens Park Rangers this Saturday.

Focused on climbing the Sky Bet Championship table as quickly as positive, the Whites will be hungry to make home advantage count once again as they look to claim back-to-back wins.

Bolton fans have had to wait a while to see their side win two league games in row in the second tier, with it last happening over the festive period in 2014.

Having got one monkey off their back, will the Trotters be able to remove a second as they face a side who have not won on the road themselves since February?

Tickets are available for the game online, with fans able to buy in advance and print at home to avoid queues at Macron Stadium.

Click HERE to get your tickets and cheer on Wanderers this weekend.

2. Karl Henry

Having enjoyed an impressive start to his Whites career, Karl Henry will line up against his former employers when Queens Park Rangers come to town on Saturday.

The midfielder joined Bolton on a free transfer last month, having been released by The R's at the end of last season.

Making 118 appearances and scoring two goals in his four seasons at Loftus Road, the 34-year-old will be looking to get the better of his former club at Macron Stadium.

And with his arrival at BL6 coinciding with an upturn in the Trotters' form, could Henry help Wanderers claim their second win in the space of a week? 

3. GAME Community Challenge Cup

Young fans will be given the chance to win prizes as part of GAME’s Community Challenge at Macron Stadium this Saturday.

Set to be held in the North Stand Upper’s play station, youngsters willing to get involved in a FIFA 18 Skills Challenge will pit their wits against each other for the chance to win a medal, a loyalty card reward and a Bolton Wanderers themed prize.

The Community Cup is open to any age level or skill level and gives all gamers taking part the chance to be our Community hero, your 'Local Hero' and win the Cup for Wanderers!

Free to play and open to all young fans, the winner will be announced at half-time during the game against Queens Park Rangers. 

4. Injury news

After missing out against Sheffield Wednesday due to a family bereavement Jem Karacan is back in contention for Saturday’s tie against QPR.

Elsewhere, Aaron Wilbraham comes back into the equation after recovering from his hip injury, while Chris Taylor still remains unavailable due to a knee ligament issue.

Derik Osede will also be hoping to feature for the first time since his injury against Middlesbrough on 9 September.

5. Ameobi and Vela

Sammy Ameobi made his second home debut in the 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday last Saturday and was crowned Man of the Match for his scintillating performance. The winger capped off his return with a wonderful curling effort in the tenth minute of the game.

Ameobi terrorised the Wednesday defence and his departure for Craig Noone was met with a standing ovation from staff and fans alike.

Josh Vela made return to the side following his injury lay-off against Leeds United on the opening day of the season. The midfielder provided energy and creativity in the final third allowing Darren Pratley and Karl Henry to sweep up in midfield.

Vela showed his determination and warrior-like mentality as he battled through the pain barrier to finish the game after taking an injection at half-time.

The duo’s return to Macron Stadium gave everyone involved a lift – more of the same Saturday please, gents.

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Report: Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday

14 October 2017

Wanderers picked up their first league victory of the season with a hard-earned win over Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon.

The Whites took the lead inside ten minutes, with Sammy Ameobi’s beautifully crafted 25-yard shot giving the Owls’ keeper absolutely no chance.

Their advantage was doubled shortly after the hour mark meanwhile, with Sam Hutchinson turning home a Bolton corner at the near post.

The visitors did pull one back with 22 minutes remaining however through Kieran Lee from close range, but it proved to be scant consolation come full time.

TEAM NEWS

Wanderers made two changes from the side who started against Aston Villa last time out, with Josh Vela returning from injury and Ben Alnwick coming in between the sticks for Phil Parkinson’s men.

FIRST HALF

With the sun shining at Macron Stadium, proceedings got underway and it was the home side who enjoyed the first foray into dangerous territory, only to see Adam Armstrong’s volley skew wide of the mark inside three minutes.

Sammy Ameobi also forced the visitors to defend deeply soon after, with his low ball across goal being intercepted at the vital moment.

The Owls were proving themselves to be a threat on the counter attack however, with Gary Hooper causing problems inside the opening stages.

With ten minutes on the clock though, Wanderers took a deserved lead courtesy of Ameobi’s glorious effort from 25 yards which gave Joe Wildsmith absolutely no chance.

Wednesday set about attempting to pull themselves level, but Bolton were hungry for more and Mark Little saw his lofted cross tipped over the crossbar by a back-peddling Wildsmith.

Madine and Vela meanwhile combined soon after, with the latter seeing his angled drive saved by the Wednesday keeper, while Wheater saw a header from a corner cleared off the line with 19 minutes on the clock.

The Whites were continuing their pressure at every opportunity, with them visibly not happy to sit back and defend their slender advantage and Ameobi keen to add to his own personal tally for the afternoon.

An Armstrong free-kick just after the half-hour mark saw Wheater come close again too, with his floating header inches wide of the goalmouth.

Some heroic defending by Wanderers with seven minutes of the first period remaining saw the visitors denied an equaliser however, with Mark Beevers somehow heading the ball off the line with it seeming as though Adam Reach was certain to score.

Parkinson’s men did throw men forward during the final minutes of the second half, but come the break, they lead courtesy of Ameobi’s pearl of an effort.

SECOND HALF

The visitors made a double substitution at half time as they looked for a route back in to the game and were handed an opportunity within 30 seconds of the restart with a free-kick in a promising position, but the eventual shot was straight into the Bolton wall.

And in line with their attacking substitutions, Wednesday enjoyed a period of pressure with a succession of corners ultimately proving fruitless.

Jordan Rhodes spurned a glorious chance for the Owls too with 56 minutes on the clock, with him unable to turn the ball home at the back post with Alnwick stranded.

The frontman was causing numerous problems for the Whites, with Alnwick spilling his header moments later and his defenders clearing away the danger.

Bolton themselves were then gifted the best opportunity possible to double their advantage, but Vela's shot was deflected away from the goalmouth at the death.

From the resulting corner however, Bolton did get their second of the afternoon with Filipe Morais' set-piece being turned home by Hutchinson.

And it was almost three a minute later, but Madine somehow smashed his effort from four yards against the post with the goal at his mercy.

Macron Stadium was rocking, but out of nowhere the visitors pulled a goal back through Lee with 22 minutes to go, with Morais being booked for handling Rhodes' initial effort before the former turned it home.

Bolton's two-goal advantage was almost immediately restored however, with Morais' long range effort being tipped over by Wildsmith.

It was absolute bedlam at BL6, with another chance going begging for the Owls and having to be cleared off the line.

Alnwick was called upon again with 13 minutes to go, somehow keeping out substitute Lucas Joao's effort.

Nails were being bitten around Macron Stadium, while Bolton again came close with Madine being denied and Wheater seeing a header cleared off the line with ten minutes to go.

And heading into the final stages of the clash, the tempo wasn't for letting up.

With two minutes left, goalscorer Lee went down in the area, but referee David Coote brandished the Wednesday man with a yellow card for simulation.

And with six minutes added on, it was all hands to the pump for Wanderers and they almost had a third with Noone's header flying narrowly over from close range.

An injury to Rhodes however halted play, with the Owls man being stretchered from the field of play to leave the visitors down to ten for the final few minutes.

Try as Wednesday might however, they just couldn't break Wanderers down and come full time, Bolton had the points.

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Ticket bulletin: Friday 13 October

13 October 2017

Welcome to the ticket update for Friday 13 October. 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
Sheffield Wednesday (H)

Saturday 14 October

3pm

Open sale

Adults from £28

Over-65s from £22

Under-23s from £22

Under-18s: £11

Under-12s: £9 

Family ticket (One adult and one U18): £35*

Queens Park Rangers (H)

Saturday 21 October

3pm

Open sale

Adults from £26

Over-65s from £20

Under-23s from £20

Under-18s: £10

Under-12s: £8

Family ticket (One adult and one U18): £30*

Fulham (A)

Saturday 28 October 

3pm

On sale to season ticket holders 

Members - Monday 16 October, 9am

Open sale - Wednesday 18 October, 9am

Adults: £25

Over-65s: £20

Under-22s: £20

Under-18s: £15

Sunderland (A)

Tuesday 31 October

7.45pm

On sale to season ticket holders 

Members - Monday 16 October, 9am

Open sale - Wednesday 18 October, 9am

Adults - £25

Over-65s - £19

Under-22s - £16

Under-16s - £10

Norwich City (H)

Saturday 4 November

3pm

On sale to season ticket holders and club members

Open sale - Monday 16 October, 9am

Adults from £28

Over-65s from £22

Under-23s from £22

Under-18s: £11

Under-12s: £9 

Family ticket (One adult and one U18): £35*


*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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