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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Ipswich Town v Bolton Wanderers

15 September 2017

With Wanderers making the journey to Ipswich Town on Saturday afternoon, highlights five talking points ahead of the Whites' Sky Bet Championship clash with the Tractor Boys.

1. Longest trip of the season

Saturday sees the Whites make their longest journey of the league campaign, with the team and fans set to travel 244 miles each way, culminating in an almost 500-mile round-trip.

They have already completed one of the second longest in the form of Millwall (229 miles), with the same distance yet to come with our game against Norwich City on February 24.

Wanderers have drawn two and lost one of their three away fixtures in the Sky Bet Championship so far this term though and will be hoping to break their duck on the road this weekend, in turn making the miles worthwhile.

2. First game post Embargo

Ken Anderson broke the news earlier this week that Bolton are now out of the transfer embargo. The Chairman also confirmed that he will be looking to register both Jeff King and Alex Perry for the first team.

If registered in time the duo could be involved against Ipswich Town this weekend. The news will also give both the fans and the players a boost ahead of the trip south.

3. Pay on the day at Portman Road

Fans will be able to purchase tickets for this Saturday’s game at Portman Road. Kicking off at 3pm, supporters wishing to purchase tickets on the day can do so on a cash only basis from turnstiles 10 and 11 at Portman Road.

Prices are as follows;

Adults - £25
Over 65s - £22 
Under 23s - £15
Under 19s - £8.

4. Injury issues

Going into this weekend’s tie with Ipswich, Phil Parkinson’s has been hit with a number of injury woes. Derik Osede and Will Buckley are the most recent absentees with Josh Vela and Sammy Ameobi also unavailable this weekend.

With the quartet in the treatment room, Ipswich will provide those coming into the side to replace them with a point to prove.

5. First league win of the campaign

Although they have tasted victory twice in the Carabao Cup, Phil Parkinson’s men are still searching for their first win in the Sky Bet Championship this term.

With a trip to West Ham to come in the cup this coming Tuesday too, it will no doubt be a testing couple of days for the Whites.

But with Ipswich having lost their last three games in all competitions, Wanderers will be hoping to take advantage of their lull in form and pick up their first maximum points of the league campaign come 5pm Saturday.

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Match Reports

Report: Ipswich 2-0 Bolton

16 September 2017

Despite putting in a strong performance on the road, second-half strikes from Cole Skuse and David McGoldrick saw Bolton Wanderers taste defeat at Portman Road.

On another day Wanderers would have earned a point in East Anglia as they showed attacking intent and a dogged resolve throughout the contest, but were unable to make their positive presence count.

Skuse's deflected drive not long after the restart gave the hosts the advantage before McGoldrick rounded the victory off moments from full-time with a powerful shot past Ben Alnwick.

Wanderers made two changes from the side that lost at home to Sheffield United with Craig Noone and Filipe Morais coming in for Will Buckley and Adam Armstrong.

There was a change in formation also with manager Phil Parkinson reverting to three at the back. Mark Beevers, David Wheater and Reece Burke playing in defence.

The hosts won the first corner of the game after nine minutes after a swift counter saw Burke thwart the rampaging run of Jordan Spence down the far left channel. The effort came to nothing though.

Wanderers responded through Noone whose probing run and shot was blocked at the expense of a free-kick after Morais was fouled.

Noone tried his luck from range after Josh Cullen laid the ball through to him but the wideman’s effort never troubled Bartosz Bialkowski in the Town goal.

Grant Ward sized up a shot from 25 yards as Ipswich looked to seize the initiative but saw his effort go hopelessly wide of Ben Alnwick’s right hand stick.

Noone, whose hunger to get off the mark in a Wanderers shirt was apparent from the off, had another effort but his strike looped into the grateful arms of Bialkowski.

The winger earned his team a corner moments later when his right-footed effort deflected out of play.

It was a bright, positive start from the visitors who were certainly looking to take the game to the hosts.

Morais was the beneficiary of a sublime pass from Noone after the former Cardiff City man weaved his way into the box, but the Portuguese-born star couldn’t keep his effort on target as Wanderers spurned another chance to break the deadlock.

The next chance fell to Gary Madine whose effort from 30 yards appeared destined for the top left hand corner but for the hands of Bialkowski who palmed away the effort.

There was no question that Wanderers were the better team inside the opening half an hour and should have been at least one goal to the good for all the attacking intent they showed.

Against the run of play, the hosts took the lead moments after the restart after Cole Skuse’s shot from distance took a wicked deflection to flat foot Alnwick. The chance was created courtesy of a great run and cut-back from David McGoldrick on the right hand side.

Wanderers almost responded instantly when Karacan’s drive bounced awkwardly in front of Bialkowski who palmed the effort away.

Wanderers kept their heads held high despite the setback and continued with their attacking endeavour with Madine causing a nuisance to the Town backline.

And frontman would have snatched an equaliser had Wheater not got in the way of him following a goalmouth melee and some intricate attacking play inside the Town box.

At this stage luck wasn’t with the visitors despite their good play throughout the contest.

Alnwick was then pressed into making a crucial save from McGoldrick to prevent Ipswich from going two goal up after Wanderers failed to clear their lines on two occasions.

Parkinson made his first change of the match on 70 minutes with Adam Armstrong coming of for Mark Little.

Madine had another good chance at the far post after he connected to Robinson’s deep cross but couldn’t head the ball on target.

With 13 minutes to go, Parkinson made a double attacking substitution with Aaron Wilbraham and Adam Le Fondre coming on for Madine and Morais.

Any hopes of Wanderers getting back into the contest were dashed minutes from full-time thanks to McGoldrick’s effort.

Despite their strong performance, arguably the best of the campaign, Wanderers weren’t able to get on the scoresheet and succumbed to a cruel defeat.

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Ticket News

Pay on the day confirmed for Ipswich Town

15 September 2017

Bolton Wanderers supporters will be able to buy tickets directly from Ipswich Town ahead of Saturday's game at Portman Road.

Kicking off at 3pm, supporters wishing to purchase tickets on the day can do so on a cash only basis from turnstiles 10 and 11 at Portman Road.

Theree is no price increase with turnstiles opening at 1.30pm on Saturday.

Any collections or duplicate requests can be collected from the Ticket Enquiry Centre which is next to the away fan turnstiles at Portman Road. This also opens at 1.30pm.

Advance tickets remain on sale either in person at Bolton Central or by calling 0844 871 2932 (option two then option one) until 2pm on Friday 15 September.

Prices are as follows;

Adults - £25
Over 65s - £22 
Under 23s - £15
Under 19s - £8

Official Travel is also still available at a cost of £28 per person. Click HERE to purchase travel tickets. 

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