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Preview: Bolton Wanderers v Stoke City

28 December 2018

With this weekend's Sky Bet Championship game against Stoke City on the horizon, have picked out five key points to take into this wi

1. Squad Update

During Friday’s press conference, first team coach Julian Darby gave the following details on his squad for the upcoming Stoke City clash in the Sky Bet Championship.

Darby said: “We have one or two doubts, Gary O’Neil is one as he picked up a slight groin injury so we will see how he is tomorrow.”

“Jack Hobbs has a niggle so he, like Gary, will be assessed tomorrow.

“Other than that, we should have a full squad to choose from.”

2. Gary Rowett

After the end of the 2017/18 season, Rowett was appointed manager of Stoke City after leaving Derby County.

After a playing career spanning 16 years, Rowett had a brief stint in the media before joining Burton Albion’s coaching staff in 2009, before taking over the managerial reigns permanently in May 2012.

He led the Brewers to fourth in League Two in his first season, along with reaching a play-off semi-final.

Following on from his time in Burton, Rowett has had spells with Birmingham City and Derby County, before arriving at the Potters for the start of this season.

During this campaign, Stoke currently sit 11th in the Sky Bet Championship, with 34 points on the board.

3. New faces in Stoke on Trent

After his appointment, new boss Rowett took to the transfer market and brought in some new blood to the bet365 Stadium.

Midfielders Tom Ince and James McClean were brought in on permanent deals from Huddersfield Town and West Bromwich Albion respectively, along with former Wanderers man Benik Afobe who signed from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Afobe spent time with the Whites in the 2012/13 season, scoring three times in 28 appearances for the club.

Currenty, the Dr Congo international is the top goal scorer for the Potters, with six goals in all competitions.

Looking to the loan market and Everton defensive duo of Ashley Williams and Cuco Martina have been brought in until the end of the season.

4. Game to Remember

We take you back to August 1993, when Wanderers welcomed the Potters to Burnden Park.

New signing Owen Coyle opened the scoring for Bruce Rioch’s men, before Mark Stein earned a point for the Potters.

Watch our opening goal of this contest below!

5. Tickets

Buy your tickets now and print them at home to save queuing up on match day.
Be our twelfth man, get behind the lads and let’s get the University of Bolton Stadium rocking as we take on the Potters.
Tickets are available by clicking here or in person at Bolton Central and are priced from:
Adults: £30
Over-65s: £24
Under-23s: £24
Under-18s: £12
Under-12s: £10
 (must be accompanied by an adult)
Why not sample some of our award-winning hospitality for this Sky Bet Championship fixture?
From just £55 per person (inc VAT) you can view the game from our stunning Lion Of Vienna Suite. The package includes a one-course meal, match day programme and a cushioned seat on the halfway line of the Nat Lofthouse Stand Upper Tier.

For further details on any of our hospitality packages and sponsorship and advertising opportunities please contact our Sales Team on 01204 673761 or email
We look forward to seeing you at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday.

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Report: Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Stoke City

29 December 2018

Bolton Wanderers shared the points with Stoke City in an entertaining goalless contest at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday afterno

The hosts though can count themselves rather unfortunate not to come away with a maximum after putting in arguably their best performance of the campaign against a team that were relegated from the Premier League last time.

Despite a slow start, Phil Parkinson’s men dominated the contest and found visiting goalkeeper Jack Butland in inspired form.

The performance will put Wanderers in good stead ahead of their visit to Hull City on New Year’s Day.

Team News

Phil Parkinson made two changes from the side that beat Rotherham United on Boxing Day at the University of Bolton Stadium with Josh Vela and Jonathan Grounds coming into the start XI to replace the injured duo of Gary O’Neil and Andrew Taylor.

First Half

After a quiet opening five minutes, Ben Alnwick was forced into making a sublime save, diving low to his right, to keep out a powerful header from James McClean after the Irishman rose to connect with Benik Afobe’s right-sided cross.

Although the visitors were enjoying most of the possession in the early stages, Wanderers showed plenty of energy and hunger to wrest control of the ball.

Stoke’s attacking threat – the McClean chance aside – was contained superbly by the Wanderers defence and midfield and the hosts were starting to gain more possession.

That said, Sam Clucas should have done better when he received the ball on the edge of the box. His left-footed shank sailed over Alnwick without causing the Wanderers ‘keeper any alarm.

Jack Butland made his first save after a well-worked move from Wanderers culminated in Vela striking goalwards.

Ameobi won possession over on the left and put in a great cross for Christian Doidge who rose to knock down the ball into the path of Vela. Although his shot was on target it lacked the power to sufficiently test the England goalkeeper.

A snapshot from Doidge forced Butland into making a crucial save, tipping the ball over the bar for a corner, after the Welshman was teed up by Vela.  It was the best chance of the game and a goal would have been a just reward for Wanderers who ended the half on top.

Second Half

A bright start after the break saw Wanderers attack immediately from kick off with Williams racing into the box but only to see his right sided cross drift over the cross bar for a goal kick.

Moments later and Doidge found himself just outside the box, but as his effort lacked the direction to trouble Butland.

Wanderers maintained their attacking momentum which they had ended the first half on and were looking to capitalise every time they went forward.

Stoke, by contrast, looked lethargic and were losing possession rather cheaply.

Parkinson made his first change on 64 minutes when he brought on Josh Magennis for Clayton Donaldson.

Wanderers were playing some of their best football of the season and were passing the ball around and looking dangerous in possession.

Gary Rowett had seen enough and made a double substitution to try and get his sideback in the ascendency with Campbell and Etebo coming on.

The change soon brought about a corner for the visitors which was immediately cleared by the hosts.

But Wanderers maintained their attacking impetus and were again unfortunate to find Butland in top form when he kept out a Beevers header from close range after good work from Lowe on the right hand side.

Williams tried his luck from 30-yard with a dipping volley but it fell into the arms of Butland.

The Wanderers midfielder was involved at the other end and managed to clear away the danger after McClean shaped up to volley after the visitors broke away with urgency.

Noone replaced the hard-working Vela at the end of regulation time as Wanderers tried their utmost to get a deserved three points.

Full Time

Bolton Wanderers: Alnwick, Lowe, Grounds, Vela (Noone 90), Beevers, Wheater, Wilson, Donaldson (Magennis 64), Doidge, Ameobi, Williams

Subs Not Used: Matthews, Buckley, Hobbs, Murphy, Olkowski

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