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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Bolton Wanderers v Brentford

22 September 2017

As Wanderers prepare to host current relegation rivals Brentford, bwfc.co.uk highlights five talking points ahead of the Whites' Sky Bet Championship clash with the Bees on Saturday

1. £15 tickets

Bolton Wanderers needs you! Phil Parkinson's men host Brentford this Saturday and supporters can watch the game at Macron Stadium for just £15 for adults and £7 for concessions!

Slow starts see both teams currently reside in the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone, but will Bolton will be determined to make home advantage count this weekend.

And with both sides hungry for three points on Saturday as they look to kickstart their respective seasons, Wanderers need their twelfth man more than ever as they look to establish themselves back in the second tier!

Be loud, be proud and back the boys! Tickets are can be purchased in person at Bolton Central or by calling 0844 871 2932, option 2 then option 1. Alternatively, supporters can book their tickets online by clicking HERE.

2. 'Six-pointer'

While it might only be September and the Trotters have 38 games left to play, Saturday's game is as close to a 'six-pointer' as you can get at this early stage of the season.

With Wanderers and Brentford both yet to taste victory in the league this year, a small gap is already beginning to emerge between the division's relegation zone and the rest of the table.

Only two points separate the Whites and the Bees going into Saturday's game, meaning a victory on could be massive to either side as they look to climb up the table.

And while it is still early in the season and there is still plenty of time to make up any deficit, three points would give either side a much-needed confidence boost heading into the final week of fixtures before the October international break.

3. Losing run

Bolton will be keen to put recent form behind them as they return to league action on Saturday off the back of five successive defeats in all competitions.

Still searching for a first league win of the season, the Trotters will be desperate to end their recent wretched run in what will be their last home game for three weeks when they host Brentford.

With challenging trips to Bristol City and Aston Villa looming, Wanderers will be well aware how important a maiden victory could be before the next international break.

4. Goalscoring drought

The Whites claimed an unwanted record away at West Ham United in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night as they equalled a club record five games without scoring.

Their last goal in all competitions came back in August as Jem Karacan's looping header clinched a cup victory over Sheffield Wednesday, while Gary Madine scored the Trotters' last league goal courtesy of his consolation effort against Derby County.

Determined not to make it a record-breaking sixth game in a row on Saturday, Bolton will be hoping they have their shooting boots with them when they take to the field against Brentford on Saturday.

5. Changes
 
Having field a rotated side away at West Ham in midweek, Reece Burke, Josh Cullen and Jem Karacan should all return to the Trotters' matchday squad against Brentford.
 
Burke and Cullen were both ineligible to face their parent club, while Karacan was also left at home as he is one booking away from suspension.
 
Ben Alnwick could return in goal in place of Mark Howard if he recovers  from the neck injury that prevented him from travelling to the London Stadium, while Gary Madine is expected to start in attack after Adam Le Fondre and Aaron Wilbraham were handed opportunities to impress in midweek.
 
Elsewhere, Andrew Taylor made his return from a calf injury on Tuesday while Jeff King was handed his Wanderers debut, leaving Phil Parkinson with decisions to make heading into Saturday's clash with the Bees.

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Report: Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Sheffield United

12 September 2017

Wanderers fell to a cruel defeat despite dominating proceedings for the most part against Sheffield United on Tuesday evening.

The visitors took the lead with their first real threat on Bolton’s goal, with debutant Cameron Carter-Vickers forcing the ball home via a deflection with 12 minutes of the first half to play.

And despite the Whites looking the more likely side to find the net throughout the remainder of the 90, their efforts were ultimately fruitless come full time.

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There were a number of changes for Wanderers, with Adam Armstrong and Will Buckley coming into the fray while Darren Pratley and Filipe Morais dropped to the bench.

FIRST HALF

With the rain falling heavily at Macron Stadium, proceedings got underway and it was clear to see from the outset that the conditions would play their part with a number of miscued clearances.

And there were a number of forays into dangerous territory for both sides, but neither goalkeeper was tested early on.

It was a bright start for the Whites however, with the Blades forced onto the backfoot with Antonee Robinson causing problems from his left-sided berth alongside finding space in the middle on the counter-attack.

With the game reaching its quarter hour mark though, goalmouth opportunities were limited with Gary Madine’s 35-yard skimmed effort falling kindly for Jamal Blackburn.

The match was settling down, and Wanderers were looking a threat on the break, with a well-orchestrated move seeing the home side come close to opening the scoring through Jem Karacan with a glancing header from six yards.

Phil Parkinson’s men were then forced into an early substitution, with Buckley forced from the field after picking up a knock while Morais replaced the Whites’ No.11.

With 33 minutes on the clock meanwhile, the deadlock was broken and it was the visitors who had the opening goal of the evening, with Carter-Vickers scrambling the ball home via a deflection from eight yards following a melee in the Bolton six yard box.

Wanderers nearly had an equaliser just four minutes later though, with Armstrong seeing his goalbound effort headed over the crossbar with the Bolton faithful already rising from their seats.

The Blades’ goalscorer almost had his second of the game with 42 minutes gone when finding the ball at his feet literally six yards away from the net, but Alnwick did well to get down to the left and keep his shot out.

The Whites weren’t letting their heads drop however, with Morais’ delicious ball across the face of goal just eluding the white shirts in the box.

Come the break however, Wanderers still trailed by a single goal.

SECOND HALF

As the game restarted, with no substitutes made by either side, the Whites began brightly and won a free-kick in a promising position inside the first minute, but the resulting Morais set-piece failed to trouble the United defence.

The visitors weren’t resting on their laurels however, with Leon Clarke and Billy Sharp linking up well, only to be snuffed out by Little.

Wheater meanwhile was called upon soon after, with the centre-half having to hook the ball off the goalline from Daniel Lafferty’s effort.

It was very much end-to-end at Macron Stadium as the game reached its hour-mark, but United were flapping slightly whenever the Whites countered.

Bolton were looking to more likely of the two sides to find the net, and in turn with them being in the ascendancy, Adam Le Fondre was introduced to add more firepower in the hosts' search for a leveller.

And the Whites' No.9 certainly set about causing problems following his introduction, but was coming up against a solid five-man Sheffield United backline.

Morais meanwhile saw a 20-yard free-kick narrowly clear the crossbar with ten minutes remaining after Madine had been hauled down.

It was all Bolton inside the closing stages, with United virtually penned in their own half.

They were well and truly knocking on the door, but weren't able to get any meaningful shots on goal when coming up against a stubborn Sheffield United backline.

With five minutes additional time indicated meanwhile, the Whites threw men forward and saw both a Karacan effort go close and numerous penalty area melees ensue.

There was even time for John Lundstram to hit the crossbar for the visitors when it seemed easier to score than miss.

But come full time, Bolton's efforts were to prove fruitless as they fell to an undeserved defeat.

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Cheer on Wanderers against Sheffield United on Tuesday!

11 September 2017

Wanderers lock horns with old Sky Bet League One promotion foes Sheffield United as they look to kick-start their season.

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 the games now and get behind the lads at Macron Stadium on Tuesday night!
 
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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