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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Preston North End v Bolton Wanderers

17 November 2017

After the November international break, Wanderers travel to Preston North End on Friday night looking to extend their unbeaten run. Knowing a victory could take the Whites out of the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone, bwfc.co.uk highlights five talking points ahead of the Bolton's clash with the Lilywhites.

1. Football is back

Club football after the final international break of the calendar year as Wanderers travel to local-rivals Preston North End on Friday night.

Last time out, the Whites claimed a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Norwich City to move off the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship and extend their recent unbeaten run.

Now looking to pick up where they left off, Bolton will be keen to return to action with a bang knowing victory could take them out of the second tier's bottom three if other results go their way.

2. Unbeaten run

The Trotters head into Friday's trip to Deepdale unbeaten from their last five outings.

Picking up maximum points against Sheffield Wednesday and Norwich City, Wanderers have only late goals to curse for stalemates against Queens Park Rangers, Fulham and Sunderland.

Despite the November international break temporarily halting momentum, the Whites' recent form sees them confident as they go in search of a first away win of the season.

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

3. Local derby

Having fought out many memorable encounters with a number of their North West rivals in Sky Bet League One last season, local derby clashes in the Sky Bet Championship are few and far between for the Trotters this year.

With Preston their only neighbours at this level, excitement is high heading into the game with local bragging rights up for grabs.

Facing off under the lights in front of the cameras with over 3,000 away fans making the trip, the scene is set for a pulsating match on Friday night.

And with North End in need off three points themselves after a recent injury crisis coincided with a slump in form, both sides will have plenty to play for come the first whistle on Friday.

4. Live on Sky Sports

Friday night's game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports as Wanderers and Preston lock horns at Deepdale.

Phil Parkinson's men will be looking to make a point in front of the TV cameras, having been written off by many one month ago following the conclusion of the last international break.

With limited meetings between the two sides since the Whites' Play-Off Final victory over Preston in 2001, the last clash between them at Deepdale was also broadcast live on Sky Sports back in October 2015.

However fans, television audiences and broadcasters will be hoping for a little more entertainment this time around following a 0-0 draw that day.

Overseas-based iFollow BWFC should note that Friday night's game is a blacklisted fixture as a result and will not be shown live on the service.

Live audio commentary is available, while a full match replay of the game will also be on offer for all subscribers regardless of location the day after the game.

5. Pay on the day

Tickets will be available to purchase on the night at Deepdale.

Kicking off at 7.45pm, travelling supporters will be able to buy tickets directly from the Away Ticket Office, which is located at the Bill Shankly Kop End at Deepdale and opens at 6pm.

There will be no price increase on the night and with cash and card payments accepted.

Any supporters who have organised for their tickets to be duplicated will also be able to pick their tickets up from the Away Ticket Office.

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:

Adults - £24

Over-65s - £16

Under-22s - £15

Student - £15

Under-19s - £8

Under-11s - £2 (Must be bought with full-paying adult)

*Preston North End do not permit any child under the age of 14 year to enter the stadium by themselves. Under-14s must be accompanied by a full-paying adult.

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Report: Sunderland 3-3 Bolton Wanderers

31 October 2017

Wanderers picked up their second successive point on their travels with a six-goal thriller against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday evening.

The deadlock was broken shortly after the half hour mark, with Sammy Ameobi drilling home from 25 yards past a helpless Robbin Ruiter, but the home side were level on the stroke of half time through Lewis Grabban.

The Mackems were ahead meanwhile shortly before the hour mark through Grabban with his second of the game from close range, but their lead lasted just three minutes as Gary Madine poked home an equaliser from five yards out.

The drama wasn't finished however, with Karl Henry notching his first goal for the club when drilling the ball into the bottom corner after connecting with Antonee Robinson's beautifully weighted cross into the box, but Patrick McNair had the Mackems back on level terms with 11 minutes to go to ensure that the spoils were shared come full time.

TEAM NEWS

There was one change to Wanderers’ starting XI with Antonee Robinson replacing Andrew Taylor who picked up a knock against Fulham at the weekend.

Late on in the warm-up meanwhile, Jeff King took the place of Adam Le Fondre amongst the Whites’ substitutes.

FIRST HALF

With the game getting underway at a floodlight Stadium of Light, it was Wanderers who started strongly with them winning a corner kick inside three minutes, only to see Robbin Ruiter punch the set-piece away from danger.

And Mark Beevers almost snatched the lead in the seventh after collecting a Gary Madine knock-down in the area, but the centre-half’s volley flew narrowly wide from 12 yards out.

The home side responded in turn however with a period of pressure from themselves, winning a succession of corners as they piled men forward in a bid to break the deadlock, but failed to trouble Ben Alnwick in the Bolton goal.

Antonee Robinson and Adam Armstrong almost combined for the opener inside 15 minutes when the former fed the on-loan Newcastle man from the left flank, but he was inches away from connecting as Ruiter smothered the ball.

Up the other end meanwhile, Beevers spared Bolton’s blushes when heading away a goalbound Aiden McGeady shot from the edge of the box.

Nobody was able to gain a real foothold in the clash however as momentum swung to and fro.

With the game reaching its half hour mark, Wanderers came close again with Madine’s powerful header from a corner being just held by Ruiter.

And just two minutes later, the deadlock was broken and it was that man Ameobi again with the effort, drilling the ball home from 25 yards past a helpless Sunderland keeper.

A sucker punch for the home side but the biggest boost for Wanderers, Sunderland set about trying to find an immediate route back into the clash but found themselves hammering aimlessly against a resolute Bolton defence.

But against the run of play and on the stroke of half time, the hosts were level as Grabban latched onto a through-ball and slotted home past Alnwick to pull Sunderland back in to the clash and ensure that the scores were level at the break.

SECOND HALF

With no changes for Wanderers and one for Sunderland - James Vaughan replacing Jonny Williams - the second period got back underway.

Having levelled just prior to half time, the hosts' tails were up as they looked to start strongly and kick on in the clash.

And although the Whites were enjoying forays into Sunderland territory, they were struggling to trouble Ruiter in open play with the Mackems back in their numbers and being restricted to long-range efforts.

And with 57 minutes gone, the home side were ahead as Grabban tapped home from a matter of yards out.

Their lead was to last just three minutes however, with Madine pulling Bolton back onto level terms when collecting a knock-down just five yards from goal, with him given the simple task of poking the ball beyond Ruiter when one-on-one.

The game had sprung into life, with both sides giving their all in a bid to put themselves ahead.

And incredibly, just seven minutes later, Bolton re-took the lead as, following superb work by Robinson, the youngster lofted the ball into the mix with Henry on hand to volley home to the absolute delight of the travelling Wanderers.

The home fans were in absolute shock, but Simon Grayson's side immediately put pressure on the Trotters as they went in search of their third goal of the game.

Bolton meanwhile weren't for resting on their laurels, with them pushing forward at every opportunity in a bid to put the result to bed.

But with 11 minutes to go, Sunderland were level once again through McNair whose shot from the edge of the box sneaked into the bottom corner of the net.

The stage was set for a grandstand final ten minutes, with neither side happy to settle for a point, and it was end-to-end stuff at the Stadium of Light.

And with four minutes added on, it was absolute pandemonium, with the home side throwing everything at the Whites.

But come the final whistle, the spoils were shared following a six-goal thriller under the floodlights.

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Pay on the day confirmed for Sunderland

30 October 2017

Tickets for Wanderers' trip to Sunderland on Tuesday will be available to purchase on the night at the Stadium of Light.

Tickets will be 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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