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Preview: Bolton Wanderers vs. Aston Villa

18 April 2019

Bolton Wanderers take on Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship at the University of Bolton Stadium on Good Friday. With that in mind, bwfc.co.uk highlight five key talking points to take into the clash.

  1. Squad Update

Speaking to bwfc.co.uk prior to the clash, manager Phil Parkinson also gave the following update regarding the condition of his squad.

Parkinson said: ‘We have a couple of knocks, with Craig Noone and Sammy Ameobi picking up slight niggles.’

‘Sammy twisted his ankle late on against Derby and had to come off, along with Nooney suffering from a bit of tightness in his hamstring.’

‘Both players could be available but we will wait and see tomorrow.’

  1. The reverse fixture – Bolton Wanderers 5-2 Aston Villa 21/01/04 (Jay Jay Okocha x2, Kevin Nolan, Stelios, Bruno N’Gotty)

We take you back to January 2004, with Sam Allardyce’s men taking on David O’Leary’s Aston Villa in an EFL Cup semi-final, first leg clash at the then named Reebok Stadium.

Wanderers sailed into a three goal lead within 20 minutes, with goals from playmaking sensation Jay-Jay Okocha, Kevin Nolan and Stelios Giannakopoulos.

A Juan Pablo Angel brace seemed to have got the Villans back into the tie, before a Bruno N’Gotty towering header and a mystifying Okocha free-kick sent the game beyond doubt for the Whites.

To relive these highlights, follow the YouTube link below!

  1. New Faces at Villa Park

In the January transfer window, Villans manager Dean Smith brought in a few new faces to bolster his squad.

Coming in from Bournemouth to support the defence is Tyrone Mings.

The former Ipswich man has suffered with injuries since joining Bournemouth, with a serious knee injury keeping him out for the 2015/16 season.

Another loanee brought in by Dean Smith is Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Kortney Hause.

The centre-back made a significant impact in the England Under-21 setup during his tenure with them, with the Toulon Tournament back in 2016.

Brought in as goalkeeping cover on the first day of the transfer window was Lovre Kalinic from Belgian side, K.A.A. Gent.

The 29-year-old was a member of the Croatian 2018 FIFA World Cup that finished runner-up to France, ultimately seeing Kalinic and his teammates awarded the Order of Duke Branimir for their exploits in Russia.

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Get kitted out in club colours while you support the lads for the remainder of the campaign at an amazing price, while stocks last.

Whether it’s the traditional white home shirt, the popular black away shirt or the stunning blue third shirt, make sure you don’t miss out.

Check out bwfcdirect.co.uk for further reductions across the BWFC replica range.

  1. Opponent’s recent form

When looking to Aston Vila’s current form, they have won their last eight matches in the Sky Bet Championship.

Their previous away game was a 2-1 victory against Rotherham United, with a Jonathan Kodjia penalty and a well worked Jack Grealish goal seeing the Villans take all three points.

They currently sit fifth in the division, comfortably five points into the play-off places.

When looking to their away record in the last five games, Villa have come away with 13 points and are in a rich vein of form.

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Report: Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Aston Villa

19 April 2019

Wanderers were defeated 2-0 by Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship on Friday afternoon, with goals from Jack Grealish and Tammy Abraham confirming that the Whites will be playing in Sky Bet League One next season.

Team News

Manager Phil Parkinson made three changes from the side that started against Derby County in the Sky Bet Championship.

Ben Alnwick replaced Remi Matthews in-between the sticks, with Mark Beevers and Sammy Ameobi coming out for a deputising Harry Brockbank and Jack Hobbs.

First Half

The first chance of the game came to Glenn Whelan, as the Villa’s midfielder blocked shot fell to Tammy Abraham, whose effort was deflected out for a corner.

A huge chance for Villa followed, as Elmohamady’s cross to Anwar El Ghazi was turned wide by the midfielder from close range.

The Villa pressing style of football continued, as Tammy Abraham’s header at goal had beaten Ben Alnwick, only for debutant Harry Brockbank to nod the ball off the line at the last moment.

A well worked short corner routine between Jack Grealish and John McGinn saw the latter have his low drive on goal saved well by Alnwick just prior to the half hour mark.

Wanderers nearly opened the scoring through Clayton Donaldson, as the forward shot at goal from the edge of the area, stinging the gloves of Jed Steer in the Villa goal.

In added time, the Whites came close to scoring as Will Buckley’s close range effort from Brockbank’s cross, which was blocked by a Villa defender.

Second Half

Within two minutes of the second half beginning, Villa took the lead through Jack Grealish as the playmaking midfielder latched onto a Tammy Abraham cross at the far post to put Dean Smith’s side ahead.

The Villans came out with a vengeance, as El Ghazi nearly doubled their lead with a low effort from distance saved by Alnwick.

Just prior to the hour mark and Abraham had Villa’s second as he finished from close range, following Grealish’s well-timed ball across goal.

Shortly after Villa’s second, a penalty shout went up for the Whites as Clayton Donaldson went down seemingly by a Villans defender, but referee John Brooks waved away any protests.

Joe Williams went close on 73 minutes, hitting a first time shot from Callum Connolly’s ball across goal that just finishes wide of the mark.

Ahmed Elmohamady played a superbly weighted delivery into the box for second half substitute Keinan Davis to loop a header wide of the target.

With the clock winding down, Davis flicked the ball past an oncoming Wanderers defender in the box and fired his shot wide of the far post. A chance he will look back on and hoped to have done better.

Mile Jedinak had two attempts on goal with three minutes of regulation to play, but both his header and shot from 15 yards did not trouble the score.

Tyrone Mings followed up on the insistent Villa pressure, with a speculative effort from distance nestling into the arms of Alnwick.

A quick lay off at the other end from Oztumer to Connell, saw the latter’s shot fly wide of target.

Williams followed that chance up with a shot from distance, which crept wide of the far post.

Following this, Villa had the majority of the possession but the referee called for time on this clash.

Full Time

Wanderers XI: Alnwick, Taylor, Donaldson (Oztumer 80), Buckley, Hobbs, Connolly, O’Neil (Magennis 45), J. Williams, Wheater (C) (Beevers 36), Brockbank, Connell.

Unused subsitutes: Matthews, Vela, Olkowski, Wildschut.

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Print your tickets at home for Villa fixture

18 April 2019

Tickets are currently on sale for Good Friday’s Sky Bet Championship match against Aston Villa at the University of Bolton Stadium with supporters being encouraged to use the Print At Home service to avoid matchday queues.

Phil Parkinson’s men take on the Villans at 3pm and supporters can purchase tickets in person at Bolton Central or online by clicking here using the Print At Home service.

Please note that tickets will only be sold to supporters who have a previous booking history with the club.

Hospitality packages for this fixture are also available and can be purchased by calling our Sales Team on 01204 673761.

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