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Preview: Bolton Wanderers v Sheffield United

24 August 2018

Bolton Wanderers take on Sheffield United this Saturday in the Sky Bet Championship at the University of Bolton Stadium. With that in mind, bwfc.co.uk have picked out five talking points ahead of the fixture.

Josh Magennis called up for Northern Ireland

Wanderers’ frontman Josh Magennis has started life at the University of Bolton in fine form.

Coming in from Charlton in the summer, the striker has got three goals to his name from four league games.

This form hasn’t gone unnoticed, with Magennis being called up to Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland squad to face Bosnia-Herzegovina and Israel.

Here’s hoping the target man can continue to add to his tally against the Blades this weekend.

Top of the league!

The Whites head into this weekend’s game in superb form.

After Wednesday night’s game against Birmingham City, Phil Parkinson’s men sit joint top of the Sky Bet Championship along with Middlesbrough and Leeds United.

With Wanderers starting in such a strong position, why not head down to the University of Bolton Stadium and support the boys? Ticket information available HERE

New faces

Manager Chris Wilder has been busy in the summer, adding numerous faces to his squad since the last time Wanderers faced the Blades.

To strengthen his back line, Manchester United loanee goalkeeper Dean Henderson and centre back John Egan have been brought in.

Henderson was a part of the England U20 squad who won the U20 World Cup in 2017.

Experience centre half Egan was a member of the PFA League One Team of the Year in 2015/16, with Bryan having experience at all England youth levels up to Under 20.

Northern Ireland international Oliver Norwood was brought in from Brighton and Hove Albion on an initial loan deal, with a permanent deal arranged to go through in January.

The tenacious midfielder has experience of promotion from this division to the Premier League, with Brighton as runners-up in 2017/18 and Fulham via the play-offs last season.

On an attacking front, Republic of Ireland David McGoldrick was brought in on a free transfer from Ipswich. Meanwhile, Liverpool forward Ben Woodburn signed on a season long loan deal.

A game to remember

In December 2016, Wanderers took on the Blades in the second round of the FA Cup.

Former Whites striker Gary Madine opened the scoring with a guided header across goal, before Sammy Ameobi struck a curled effort from distance just after the break to double the lead.

Paul Coutts grabbed a goal back for United, before Josh Vela struck home to seal a third round berth for Wanderers.

Jack O’Connell scored with four minutes of normal time to go, but it wasn’t enough.

To watch the full highlights of this epic game, see the video below:

 

Three on the spin?

The Trotters have the chance this weekend to make it three wins in a row if they were to take the three points against Sheffield United tomorrow.

This would be the first time since March 2017 that the Whites have done this, when victories against Northampton Town, Oxford United and Shrewsbury Town came in the run up to promotion to the Sky Bet Championship that season.

 

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Report: Bolton Wanderers 0-3 Sheffield United

25 August 2018

Bolton Wanderers suffered their first Sky Bet Championship defeat of the season today, losing to Sheffield United 3-0 at the University of Bolton Stadium.

PRE-MATCH

Prior to kick off, Phil Parkinson made four changes to the team that started against Birmingham City.

Jonathan Grounds and Josh Vela came in for Andrew Taylor and Erhun Oztumer, with Luke Murphy and Will Buckley replacing Gary O’Neil and Craig Noone. 

FIRST HALF

Wanderers were immediately put under pressure from Sheffield United, with an Oliver Norwood corner played expertly into Chris Basham who teed it up for midfielder partner Josh Fleck. 

The Scotsman took a shot from close range, but Ben Alnwick was equal to it with a magnificent diving save to deflect it onto the crossbar.

Within five minutes, the Blades had the lead as a composed Mark Duffy placed the ball into the bottom right corner to give the opponents the early advantage. 

There were shouts of a penalty for the Whites, as Will Buckley was seemingly impeded in the United penalty area, but referee Andrew Madley waved off the protests. 

Leon Clarke played a pinpoint ball through the Wanderers defensive line, but Pawel Olkowski made a great sliding tackle to avert any danger.

Just before the 20-minute mark, Chris Basham nearly doubled the Blades’ total, with a snapshot from 16 yards flying past Ben Alnwick post.

Chris Wilder’s men had their second soon after, with Kieron Freeman’s cross beating all Wanderers’ bodies in the box due to a Leon Clarke dummy, which saw the ball trickle into the back of the net.

32 minutes in and Fleck was causing the Wanderers defence some danger, running through the centre of the pitch and nearly chipping Alnwick but the ball flew over the bar. 

With time ticking down in the first half, Wanderers nearly had a goal back through skipper David Wheater.

A Josh Vela corner found the towering centre back on the volley, but his effort was blocked by Leon Clarke on the line.

SECOND HALF

After the restart, it was Blades second half substitute David McGoldrick who created the first chance.

The Republic of Ireland international unleashed a volley from distance, but Alnwick produced another superb save diving backwards to tip it over.

With just over 20 minutes to go in the game, Wanderers went close through Northern Irish international Josh Magennis. 

Substitute Yanic Widlschut found himself in space on the left flank, who then delivered a cross into Magennis who headed goalward but couldn’t quite hit the target.

The Blades had their third on 73 minutes, with full back Enda Stevens delivering a low driven cross to the front post, where Fleck flicked the ball under Alnwick. 

Sammy Ameobi had a chance late on for Phil Parkinson’s men, but his effort from the edge of the area was fractionally off target. 

FULL TIME 

Wanderers XI: Alnwick, Lowe, Beevers, Vela, Ameobi, Buckley (Wildschut 61), Murphy (Oztumer 61), Olkowski, Magennis (Donaldson 81), Grounds, Wheater (C)

Unused substitutes: Matthew, Taylor, Wilson, Williams,

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