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

12 September 2017

As Wanderers prepare to host old promotion rivals Sheffield United, bwfc.co.uk highlights five talking points ahead of the Whites' Sky Bet Championship clash with the Blades on Tuesday night.

1. Old foes

Wanderers lock horns with their old Sky Bet League One promotion rivals Sheffield United on Tuesday night.

Having clashed three times last season, Phil Parkinson's men came out on top both times at Macron Stadium - recording a 1-0 victory in the league and 3-2 win in the Emirates FA Cup.

While it was the Blades who came out on top over the course of the season as they stomed to the league title, the Whites will be hungry to make home advantage count once again as they renew acquaintances.

Tickets for the game are available 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 the Trotters this weekend!

2. Injury news

Wanderers saw both Stephen Darby and Derik Osede limp off against Middlesbrough on Saturday with the duo unlikely to recover in time for Tuesday night's game.

There are also doubts regarding David Wheater and Filipe Morais after both players also picked up injuries at the weekend, and the game is likely to come too soon for Andrew Taylor.

Sammy Ameobi is not yet ready to return while Josh Vela remains sidelined.

3. Free concessionary upgrades

Concessionary season card holders wishing to upgrade their tickets for Wanderers’ Sky Bet Championship clash with Sheffield United can do so free of charge.

Available to supporters in possession of under-12, under-18, under-23, over-65 and over-75 season cards, fans are able to upgrade their ticket to a full adult for Tuesday’s clash with The Blades.

All adults wishing to use a concessionary season card simply has to present the card at the turnstile to gain entry to the stadium. No paper upgrade ticket will be needed for this fixture.

4. Signing session

Bolton Central will be hosting another signing session prior to Tuesday night's game.

Two players will be present in the club's retail outlet to meet fans from 6pm onwards prior to Wanderers' clash with the Blades. The players due to attend will be confirmed in due course. 
 
With the Whites' 2017/18 home shirt back in stock in store, 'Wanderers Return', the club's 2016/17 promotion-winning commemorative book, available for a reduced price of just £10 and Bolton's official matchday programme, 'The Wanderer' also on sale, fans will have plenty of opportunities to get merchandise signed!
 
5. Under the lights

Tuesday night's game marks the Trotters' first midweek league game of the season at Macron Stadium.

Wanderers are unbeaten from their midweek games so far this season, beating Crewe Alexandra and Sheffield Wednesday in the Carabao Cup as well as fighting out a 0-0 draw at Birmingham City.

With the Whites still searching for a first league victory of the campaign, they will be looking to replicate their cup victory over Wednesday at BL6 against the Owls' fierce local rivals.

And with games under the lights at Macron Stadium producing a special atmoshphere, Bolton will be eager to ensure they bounce back in front of their home fans after disappointing defeats in their last three league outings. 

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Report: Bolton Wanderers 0-3 Middlesbrough

9 September 2017

Wanderers suffered defeat against Middlesbrough in their latest Sky Bet Championship outing at Macron Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The deadlock was broken inside 13 minutes, with Britt Assombalonga nodding home from six yards out, before the striker doubled his and Boro's tally with 20 minutes remaining when tapping the ball into the net from a yard out.

It was a third for the visitors meanwhile with 12 minutes to go, with debutant Marvin Johnson's shot from the edge of the box squirming beneath Ben Alnwick to put a generous gloss on the result for Garry Monk's men.

TEAM NEWS

There were seven changes for Wanderers from the side who started against Hull City last time out, with Ben Alnwick coming in between the sticks and a debut for new signing Craig Noone amongst the XI.

FIRST HALF

The game started brightly in the sunshine at Macron Stadium, with both the Whites and Boro enjoying possession in their opponents’ boxes.

And the first real chance of the game fell to Wanderers, with Gary Madine taking the ball down on his chest on the edge of the box before turning and unleashing a thunderous effort on goal, only for Darren Randolph to parry his stinging shot away from danger with seven minutes on the clock.

There was certainly a bite to the game too, with Jem Karacan being shown the first yellow of the encounter for a feisty challenge just outside the Middlesbrough penalty area.

The deadlock was broken in the 13th minute however as, following some dogged determination down the right flank, Adama Traore crossed the ball for Assombalonga to nod home from six yards out.

It was Boro’s first real opportunity of the game, Traore was proving instrumental for the visitors with a number of mazy runs into the box thereafter.

Wanderers were having to be on their guard, but they were still enjoying chances of their own from set-pieces, while Derik even attempted an audacious overhead kick when eight yards out from goal.

As the half wore on, Bolton were finding their feet a little more and were able to exert their own pressure on the visitors after being under the cosh for much of the opening quarter.

Middlesbrough were still looking a constant threat on the counter attack, with the combination of Traore and Assombalonga constantly a thorn in Bolton’s sides.

Despite their pressure however, Alnwick was rarely called upon to make any saves of note.

The tasty atmosphere continued too as the half drew to its conclusion, with Traore lucky to escape with a yellow card for a harsh challenge on Filipe Morais which left the winger requiring treatment.

Come the break however, Wanderers were still a goal down.

SECOND HALF

The start of the second period saw the home side make one change, with Reece Burke coming into the mix in place of Stephen Darby.

And it was Bolton who looked the brighter of the two sides inside the opening stages, with them enjoying all the pressure and in meaningful positions.

Against the run of play though, Alnwick was forced to palm Assombalonga's angled drive around the post with it seemingly destined for the bottom corner of the net.

Cyrus Christie also spurned a glorious chance from six yards, only to lift the ball high and wide under pressure from David Wheater.

For the most part however, Bolton were looking the more dangerous side and they almost had an equaliser on the hour mark when Morais' shot was parried by Randolph, with Noone unable to turn the ball home when losing his footing just six yards out.

It seemed to be just the tonic needed in Wanderers' search for a foothold in the game, with Wheater seeing his half-volley from a Madine knock-down blocked just inside the box shortly after.

On the counter attack however, the visitors doubled their advantage with Traore again teeing up Assombalonga who slid in at the far post to tap the ball home for his second of the game.

A bitter blow for the Whites who had looked like possibly levelling prior to Boro's second, they set about looking for a route back into the clash with Madine seeing a tame header collected by Randolph with 14 minutes remaining.

Again though, Middlesbrough countered and were rewarded with a third goal of the afternoon through debutant Marvin Johnson whose piledriver from the edge of the box squirmed beneath Alnwick in the Bolton goal.

There was still time for Madine to test Randolph's reflexes with a well-taken half volley eight yards out with two minutes left, while Assombalonga came within inches of completing his hat-trick with a close-range header that was always rising.

Come full time however, there had been no further goals as Wanderers fell to defeat.

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Football is back! Cheer on Wanderers against Middlesbrough and Sheffield United!

6 September 2017

Club football returns to BL6 this weekend after the international break with Wanderers' next two Sky Bet Championship games coming in quick succession at Macron Stadium!

Phil Parkinson’s men entertain Middlesbrough on Saturday 9 September before taking on old Sky Bet League One promotion foes Sheffield United just a few days later on Tuesday 12 September.

Tickets are available to buy right now and you can print them at home to take away the hassle of queuing up on matchdays!
 
So, why not secure your tickets for these games now and get behind the lads for this double header?
 
Tickets are priced from £28 per adult, £22 for under-23s and over-65s, £11 for under-18s and £9 for under-12s and can be bought HERE.
 
Be the 12th man and show your tremendous support to the manager and his Super White Army! Click here now or call 0844 871 2932 followed by option two then option one.
  
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