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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Sunderland v Bolton Wanderers

30 October 2017

As Wanderers travel to Sunderland on Tuesday night looking to maintain their recent unbeaten run, bwfc.co.uk highlights five talking points ahead of the Whites' Sky Bet Championship clash with the Black Cats.

1. Unbeaten run

Wanderers head into Tuesday night's game unbeaten from their last three outings after picking up maximum points against Sheffield Wednesday before seeing late goals deny them victories against both Queens Park Rangers and Fulham.

However, with Phil Parkinson's men slowly narrowly the gap between themselves and the teams outside the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone, the Whites will be confident heading into their clash with fellow strugglers, Sunderland.

Facing a side yet to win at home in 2017, a victory for Bolton would see them leapfrog Simon Grayson's side off the foot of the second tier table.

And while the Trotters have not won on the road at this level since April 2015, could that all be about to change on Tuesday night? Only time will tell.

2. Former Black Cats

Both Ben Alnwick and Will Buckley could line up against their former employers on Tuesday having enjoyed stints with Sunderland earlier in their career.

Now established as Wanderers' first choice goalkeeper, Alnwick started his career at Sunderland as he made 22 appearances in three years at the Stadium of Light before moving on to Tottenham Hotspur.

Buckley meanwhile, made 24 appearances in three seasons with the Black Cats as a lack of first team opportunities saw him spend time out on loan with Leeds United, Birmingham City and Sheffield Wednesday.

Both players will be eager to prove a point and come out on top against their old club if selected on Tuesday night.

3. North East boys

As well as Ben Alnwick and Will Buckley returning to their former home, a clash with the Wearsiders could also provide an interesting night for the Whites' former Newcastle United and Middlesbrough players.

Andrew Taylor and David Wheater both came through the ranks at the Riverside Stadium, while Sammy Ameobi and Adam Armstrong both learned their trade at St James' Park - the latter currently enjoying a half-season loan stint with Bolton from the Magpies.

While injury may rule Taylor out, the remaining trio are likely to encounter a lively welcome with footballing rivalries fierce in the North East.

With Alnwick and Gary Madine also returning to their roots, the North East contingent are set to be backed by a large following of friends and family on Tuesday night.

And with all hungry to silence the Sunderland crowd for various reasons, there are plenty of sub-plots to keep your eye on at the Stadium of Light.

4. Injury news

Andrew Taylor is expected to miss Tuesday's trip to Sunderland after limping off against Fulham at the weekend, with Antonee Robinson on standby to replace the experience full-back.

Elsewhere, Filipe Morais and Adam Le Fondre are both doubtful after picking up knocks, with manager Phil Parkinson confirming young striker Connor Hall has been included in the Trotters' travelling party as they look to combat another Saturday-Tuesday turnaround.

5. Pay on the day

Tickets will be available to purchase on the night at the Stadium of Light.

Available on a cash only basis from turnstile number 71 at the visitors' entrances, there will be no increase in prices.

Supporters can collect pre-booked tickets or duplicates from Sunderland's ticket office, which is a separate building adjacent to the stadium at the top of the green car park and is open right up until kick off at 7.45pm.

Advance tickets remain on sale directly from Bolton Central or via the phonelines (0844 871 2932 (option 2 then option 1)) until midday on the day of the game with prices as follows;

Prices

Adults: £25

Over-65s: £19

Under-22s: £16

Under-16s: £10

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Report: Fulham 1-1 Bolton Wanderers

28 October 2017

Wanderers were denied victory at the death at Craven Cottage in their latest Sky Bet Championship clash against Fulham on Saturday afternoon.

Sammy Ameobi's first half effort looked to have secured victory for the Whites with him notching inside the opening half hour.

But Tom Cairney's injury-time header ensured that the spoils were shared come full time.

TEAM NEWS

Wanderers remained unchanged from the side that drew to QPR seven days’ earlier at Macron Stadium as they went in search of their first league victory at Craven Cottage for a quarter of a century.

FIRST HALF

Wanderers had an early sniff at goal just moments after the hosts got the game underway when Josh Vela intercepted the ball deep inside the Fulham half. His cross, intended for Gary Madine, took a deflection off a defender and fell into the grateful grasp of David Button.

The home fans thought their team had taken the lead on 15 minutes when Floyd Ayite slid the ball beyond Ben Alnwick after latching onto a pass from Tom Cairney. The assistant’s flag though dampened the premature celebrations after the frontman was caught offside.

Moments later Alnwick redeemed himself when his clearance when straight into the path of Cairney, whose probing run culminated in a weak shot straight at the Wanderers ‘keeper.

Adam Armstrong went on a charging run down the right hand side after picking up a through ball from Mark Beevers. But the on-loan frontman’s thunderous drive didn’t really trouble Button.

Wanderers took the lead just before the half hour mark thanks to Ameobi’s second of the campaign. Alnwick’s huge clearance was allowed to bounce by the Fulham defence and as a result Ameboi attracted the ball like a magnet before fending off the attentions of several defenders before slotting past Button to send the thousand-strong travelling Wanderers fans into a frenzy.

Kamara spurned a glorious chance to equalise after the hosts broke away at pace after a Wanderers foray. The striker tried to beat the advancing Alnwick from a tight angle but his shot clipped the outside of the post much to the dismay of the Craven Cottage faithful.

The Cottagers trudged off the field at half-time to a chorus of boos from their supporters, while Wanderers – who rode their luck at times – were good value for their lead.

SECOND HALF

Wanderers lost the services of Andrew Taylor moments after the restart after the defender received a painful looking blow to the hip area with Antonee Robinson coming on for him.

Alnwick was pressed into action when he dived to his right to gather a Ryan Sessegnon drive but Fulham had Button to thank for a spectacular save on 56 minutes when he tipped away an Armstrong curler that seemed destined to evade him.

Despite this, the hosts were stepping up their attacking threat with Wanderers defending like titans, throwing bodies in the way of everything to try and preserve their lead.

That said, they still harboured their own ambitions to add to the tally with Armstrong appearing intent to get off the mark in the league for Wanderers.

Parkinson made his second change after 68 minutes with Filipe Morais coming on for the goalscorer Ameobi.

David Wheater, epitomising the dogged resolve at the back, yet again found himself thwarting the Fulham frontline after he got in the way of numerous Fulham attacks.

Alnwick, too, was forced into a stunning crucial save when Kamara was put through. The Wanderers shot-stopper superbly got in the way of the forward’s effort after he looked destined to equalise for the hosts.

Adam Le Fondre came on for Vela as Wanderers looked to stymie Fulham’s late resurgence.

But the home side were rewarded in the fourth minute of injury time as Cairney headed home to snatch a point for the Cottagers.

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Ticket News

Pay on the day confirmed for Fulham

27 October 2017

Tickets for Wanderers' trip to Fulham this Saturday will be available to purchase on the day at Craven Cottage.

Tickets will be available on a cash only basis from the Putney End away turnstiles from 1.30pm, with prices increasing by £5 for all concessions (except juniors) on match day.

Ticket collections and duplicate tickets can be picked up from the Ticket Collection booths, located to the left of the Ticket Office on Stevenage Road, also from 1.30pm.

Please call 0844 871 2932 for more information.

Prices 

Adults: £30
Over-65s: £25
Under-22s: £25
Under-18s: £15

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