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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Bolton Wanderers v Bristol City

10 August 2018

Wanderers play their first home fixture of the 2018/19 Sky Bet Championship season on Saturday and Bristol City are the visitors to the University of Bolton Stadium. Five talking points were picked out by bwfc.co.uk ahead of the encounter.

1.    First home game

After conquering one of the league’s promotion favourites in West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns last weekend, Phil Parkinson’s men are back on their own patch to take on Bristol City tomorrow afternoon.

Wanderers’ home form ultimately played a massive part in the retention of their Sky Bet Championship status last season, including a final day victory against Nottingham Forest in May that will go down in folklore. Football returns to the University of Bolton Stadium!

2.    Wanderers to continue unbeaten home run v Bristol City?

Bristol City are yet to win at the University of Bolton Stadium in four attempts since the stadium was opened back in 1997. Last season’s clash saw Sammy Ameobi’s stunning strike separate the two teams with the previous encounter (November 2015) a goalless draw. 

In October 2012, Wanderers came from two goals down to win 3-2, with Chris Eagles, Jay Spearing and Martin Petrov on the scoresheet. City’s first ever visit to the University of Bolton Stadium saw them beaten 1-0, with Eidur Gudjohnsen’s early goal proving the difference back in April 1999.

3.    Back to back wins

Not many people will have expected Wanderers to get off to a winning start at West Bromwich Albion last weekend, but Phil Parkinson’s now have the opportunity to register back-to-back victories.

It’s been a positive start to the new campaign with the team putting in a fantastic performance in the season opener, but Wanderers will be hoping to earn successive victories for the first time since New Year’s Day, when a home victory against Hull City followed on from a win against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

4.    New look matchday programme

With a new season, comes a new programme and a fresh new look is on show for the supporters looking to purchase issue number one of the 2018/19 season tomorrow.

The cover star of ‘The Wanderers’ is summer signing Erhun Oztumer, with the Turkish plamaker also the subject in a feature length interview inside the programme.

Other features include David Wheater’s Matchday Playlist which sees the Wanderers captain choose five of his favourite songs and ‘Stranded’ with Andrew Taylor picking things he’d find useful if he was stranded on a desert-island.

Read what Phil Parkinson and Ken Anderson have to say ahead of the fixture, and also get the low-down on tomorrow’s opposition, Bristol City. Sellers are located inside and around the University of Bolton Stadium tomorrow, so pick up your exclusive content-filled copy for just £3.

5.    Electric atmosphere

2,500 Wanderers fans made the trip to The Hawthorns last weekend to cheer their team to three points and the impact they had was noted by Phil Parkinson in his post-match press duties.

Ahead of tomorrow’s fixture, he said: ‘At Bolton, everyone has got to play their part and everyone has to pull together for us to win a game of football. Supporters coming to the ground tomorrow, be ready to give the team 100% backing because the team will be doing absolutely everything they can tomorrow to get the win.’

Fingers crossed for an electric atmosphere inside the University of Bolton Stadium tomorrow.

 

 

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Report: Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Bristol City

11 August 2018

In the club's first game at the newly-named University of Bolton Stadium, Wanderers drew 2-2 against Bristol City in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Whites had taken a two-goal lead through Will Buckley and Josh Magennis, but late goals from Andreas Weimann and Jamie Paterson ensured that the spoils were shared come full time.

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One change for Phil Parkinson’s side came in the shape of Craig Noone, who came in for Sammy Ameobi in the starting XI.

FIRST HALF

Bristol City starter the brighter, with a Josh Brownhill free-kick not troubling the Bolton goal.

City came close again soon after, as Brownhill’s effort from distance flashed just past Ben Alnwick’s post.

David Wheater came into the game with a huge block of an Andreas Weimann’s effort, with the follow up from Brownhill flying wide.

Bristol continued to press, with Lloyd Kelly testing Alnwick’s hands, with a strike from distance leading to a save from Wanderers goalkeeper.

A Josh Vela corner found Mark Beevers on the six-yard line, whose header found goalkeeper Maenpaa’s hands.

City hit the woodwork on the half hour mark, with Niclas Eliasson’s free-kick smashing off the upright.

SECOND HALF

Bristol came out with a spring in their step straight after the restart, with Callum O’Dowda coming close within the first minute of the second half.

Wiemann came close shortly after that from the angle, with Alnwick tipping the strike just over the bar.

Eliasson went down in the area, with referee John Brooks judging the Swedish man to have dived.

Wanderers came close when Craig Noone flashed an effort across goal which went for a corner.

From the resulting Josh Vela set play, the ball found Will Buckley who flicked the ball just over the City goal line to give the Whites the lead.

On the hour mark, Josh Magennis doubled his tally after Olkowski put a driven ball into the area, where Magennis struck the ball low and hard into the City goal.

Bristol grabbed a goal in quick response, Marlon Pack playing a ball through to Weimann, finished it off for the visitors.

The Robins nearly levelled proceedings, with Jason Lowe hooking the ball away from an almost certain Paterson goal.

With ten minutes to go, Lee Johnson’s side found the equaliser. Jamie Paterson found space down the left hand side, and curled an effort in off the post to make honours even.

Second half substitute Adam Le Fondre came close to claiming all three points for Phil Parkinson’s side, with his shot going just off target.

Into injury time and the Robins nearly nicked it at the death, with Matty Taylor finding Mo Eisa in the box, who couldn’t find the Wanderers goal.

FULL TIME

Wanderers: Alnwick, Olkowski, Wheater (C), Beevers, Taylor, Lowe, Noone, Vela, Buckley, Magennis, Murphy.

Subs: Williams, Little, Oztumer, Le Fondre, Hobbs, O’Neil, Wildschut

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Get your tickets for Wanderers' first home game of the new season

7 August 2018

Tickets for Wanderers' first home fixture of the 2018/19 Sky Bet Championship season against Bristol City are still available to purchase with fans able to print at home ahead of the fixture.

Prices for the game are as follows:

  • Adults from £28
  • Over-65s from £22
  • Under-23s from £22
  • Under-18s: £12
  • Under-12s: £10

Tickets can be purchased online HERE, in person at Bolton Central or over the phone on 0844 871 2932.

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