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Preview: Bolton Wanderers vs. Middlesbrough

9 April 2019

With Wanderers taking on Middlesbrough this evening in a Sky Bet Championship clash, bwfc.co.uk take a look at five talking points to take into the game.

  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: ‘Gary O’Neil saw the doctor this morning, after he was hit with a stomach bug that forced him off at the weekend, and we are monitoring him'

‘It is a shame, as he has played so well for us recently and been one of our best players.’

‘Obviously, he can only play if he is right and we will leave that decision closer to the kick off.’

  1. Game to Remember Bolton Wanderers 4-1 Middlesbrough - 23.04.94 – John McGinlay x3 & Scott Green

We take you back to April 1994, when Bruce Rioch welcomed Lennie Lawrence’s Middlesbrough side to Burnden Park in a First Division clash.

Initially the visiting side took the lead, as a Paul Wilkinson free kick opened the scoring.

However, a John McGinlay hat-trick with a Scott Green solo finish capped off a superb comeback, as Wanderers defeated Boro 4-1.

To see the full highlights of this game, see the link below!

  1. New Faces in the North-East

Since the last time we faced the team from the North-East, there have been some notable arrivals at the club.

A major signing made towards the end of the January transfer window was John Obi Mikel, as the defensive midfielder joined on a free transfer from Tianjin TEDA.

The Nigerian international has won it all domestically during his time at Chelsea, with a UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and two Premier League winners’ medals to boast, among other notable achievements.

Since arriving at Boro, he has played 13 times and become a mainstay in the side.

Coming in on loan to bolster the midfield is Rajiv van La Parra, who joined from Huddersfield Town until the end of this season.

Back in the 2016/17 campaign playing for the Terriers, van La Parra played a pivotal part in gaining promotion via the play-offs under David Wagner.

He played the entirety of the Final at Wembley, as Huddersfield won on penalties.

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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 Middlesbrough’s current form, they have not won a Sky Bet Championship game in their last seven games.

Their previous away game was a defeat to Swansea City, where they lost 3-1 at the Liberty Stadium.

They currently sit eighth in the division, only four points out of the play-off places.

When looking to their away record in the last five games, Boro have taken just four points from their last five away games.

On their travels, they last recorded a win against Blackburn Rovers in February 2019, with a Britt Assombalonga goal being the difference for Tony Pulis’ side.

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Report: Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Middlesbrough

9 April 2019

A first-half brace from Ashley Fletcher ensured Middlesbrough travelled back up to the North East with three points.

The striker, a former Canon Slade pupil, proved to be too clinical in the first-half as his goals set up the visitors for what turned out to be a comfortable victory at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Team News

Phil Parkinson made three changes to the starting XI with Luca Connell, Marc Wilson and Craig Noone coming into the fray at the expense of Callum Connolly, Andrew Taylor and Will Buckley, who were all named among the substitutes.

First Half

An early opportunity arose for the visitors when Britt Assombalonga made a run through the middle of the pitch and into the penalty area, but the danger was read well by David Wheater who out-muscled the Boro striker.

Wheater again nullified the threat from the visitors when he intercepted Assombalonga’s intended pass to Ashley Fletcher, who was set to have a clear charge on goal.

Fletcher followed this up moments later with a shot from distance but the ball didn’t trouble Remi Matthews, who saw the ball sail over his cross bar.

Boro broke the deadlock through Fletcher after 16 minutes when he took advantage of Assombalonga’s deflected shot and placed it past Matthews.

Wanderers almost responded instantly when Ameobi put in a tantalising ball into the Boro box, but it was unable to find a Wanderers player.

Assombalonga was looking to get in on the goalscoring act and after he had twisted to lose the attentions of Wheater, he saw a shot blocked by Mark Beevers.

Fletcher doubled his tally for the evening and Boro’s lead just before the half-hour make when the latched on to Mo Besic’s ball before calmly dispatching into the top right hand corner.

The striker, who was schooled in Bolton, almost completed a hat-trick but his curling effort came off the foot of the post.

Second Half

Wanderers might have pulled a goal back early in the second period when a towering header from Beevers met a Gary O’Beil corner kick, but the chance was cleared away.

The hosts hadn’t given up all hope of getting on the scoresheet and Wheater nearly sneaked a goal in at the far post, following a deflected effort heading into his path. However, the eventual shot on target didn't trouble Randolph in the Boro goal.

Assombalonga should have put the game out of sight for the visitors shortly afterwards when he was put through one-on-one with Matthews but his chipped effort somehow failed to hit the target.

Matthews got a hand to a deflected Johnny Howson free-kick as Boro looked to increase their advantage.

The Wanderers keeper was again involved in the action and was in the right place to keep out another Howson strike.

Wanderers kept fighting in the hope of dragging the game back but in truth could only muster half-chances.

A Wheater header from an O’Neil delivery could  only find its way into a sea of Boro defenders, while a first time shor from substitute Erhun Ozumer deflected for a corner.

Randolph made his first save of the night with a minute go when he got down well to keep out Ameobi.

Full Time

Bolton Wanderers: Matthews, Beevers, Ameobi, Noone, Olkowski, Wilson, O’Neil, J Williams (Oztumer 72), Magennis, Wheater, Connell (Connolly 82).

Subs Not Used: Alnwick, Little, Taylor, Donaldson, Buckley

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Free concessionary upgrades for Tuesday evening's Middlesbrough clash

9 April 2019

Concessionary season card holders wishing to upgrade their tickets for Wanderers’ Sky Bet Championship clash with Middlesbrough 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 Boro.

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.

Tickets for the fixture remain on open sale and are available to purchase online & ‘Print at Home’ HERE.

Alternatively, tickets are also available over the phone on 0844 871 2932 or in person at Bolton Central.

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