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Preview: Bolton Wanderers v Norwich City

15 February 2019

Bolton Wanderers take on Norwich City in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday 16 February. With that said, bwfc.co.uk have produced five things to take into this weekend’s hom clash.

1. Squad Upate

During Friday's press conference in preview on the home fixture, manager Phil Parkinson spoke to bwfc.co.uk and gave an update on the squad.

Parkinson said: “Gary O'Neil is out, he has a couple of issues and it is a real shame but we hope it won't keep him out for long."

"Marc Wilson has a slight problem with his back moreso than his hamstring, so we are struggling defensively.

"We've had a few niggles with the likes of Jack Hobbs, Andy Taylor and Luca Connell but they are not long term injuries. They probably need a free week next week and won't be far off."

2. A Game to Remember

We take you back to March 2005, when Nigel Worthington's Canaries took on Sam Allardyce's Wanderers side at the University of Bolton Stadium.

With the first half winding down with the score all square, a moment of pure magic from Wanderers Greek midfielder Stelios Giannakopoulos saw the Whites sail into the lead and eventually take all three points!

To see that goal in all its glory, see the video below!

3. The Boss - Daniel Farke

The German born forward had a multi year career as a player, with successful spells at SV Lippstadt 08, SV Wilhelmshaven and Bonner SC.

The 42 year old moved into management shortly after retiring in 2008, taking the reigns at SV Lippstadt 08 in 2009.

Following six years in the German sixth tier, Farke moved to Borussia Dortmund II where two fourth placed finishes in the Regionalliga West saw him earn a move to Norwich City in May 2017.

In his first clash at Carrow Road against Wanderers in February of this year, Farke's side drew 0-0 in the Sky Bet Championship.

4. New Faces at Carrow Road

During the summer transfer window, Farke and Norwich were busy behind the scenes, bringing in new names to the Norfolk club.

With that being said, bwfc.co.uk will take a look at a selection of the new faces who have been brought in.

A man who has certianly made quite the impact since joining permanently in the summer is Teemu Pukki, a Finnish striker brought in on a free transfer from Brondby.

After winning the Danish Cup with The Boys from Vestegnen in 2017/18, scoring 19 goals in all competitions that season, Pukki joined the Canaries and has kept that goal scoring form up so far.

So far in the Sky Bet Championship, Pukki has 11 goals to his name, scoring a goal every 137 minutes.

In between the sticks, Tim Krul joined the club from Brighton & Hove Albion on a free transfer.

He has kept six clean sheets so far this season, with the Dutch international playing every game in the league for Daniel Farke's men.

In the loan market, Felix Passlack and Jordan Rhodes have been brought in from Borussia Dortmund and Sheffield Wednesday respectively.

Passlack, a German Under-21 international, was a member of the Die Borussen squad that won the DFB-Pokal (German Cup) in 2016/17.

Moving onto Rhodes and the Scottish international forward was named in the 2011/12 PFA League One Team of the Year, following his 36 goals in 40 league games for Huddersfield Town.

5. Memories match - Wear your retro shirts with pride!

Bolton Wanderers fans are being encouraged to wear retro shirts at this Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash against Norwich City in line with the fixture being the Whites' official Memories Match in support of those living with dementia.

The special matchday is part of the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust’s ongoing support of Bolton being a dementia friendly town.

The BWCT are part of the Bolton Dementia Action Alliance, which has the aim of bringing local organisations, groups and businesses together to improve the lives of people living with dementia.

Bolton Wanderers are holding this special matchday to raise the awareness of dementia, social isolation and loneliness, alongside promoting Bolton Wanderers Community Trust’s Sporting Memories sessions that take place once a month at the University of Bolton Stadium.

For more information on how the club are supporting Bolton Dementia Action Alliance or on the Trust's Sporting Memories sessions, please visit www.bwct.org.uk or call 01204 673790.

Tickets for the game can be purchased online by clicking here.

Also, don’t forget at Bolton Central has a sale on BWFC replica shirts which are available for just £27.99 each in all adult sizes. Click here to order online.

 

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Match Reports

Report: Bolton Wanderers v Norwich City

16 February 2019

A Teemu Pukki brace and goals from Marco Stiepermann and Emiliano Buendia see Wanderers defeated at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Team News

Phil Parkinson made two changes to his starting eleven that went up against Birmingham City in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday.

Marc Wilson and Gary O’Neil miss out due to injury, with Josh Vela and Luke Murphy coming into replace them.

First Half

Clayton Donaldson nearly provided the first goal of the game, as he rose highest to a Craig Noone cross that was just out of reach to guide it towards goal.

Norwich responded with a chance of their own, as Emiliano Buendia took range from distance and stung the gloves of his former teammate, Remi Matthews.

Eight minutes in and Norwich took the lead, as Teemu Pukki beat Craig Noone with a clever bit of trickery before wrong footing Matthews and opening the scoring for the Canaries.

Josh Magennis nearly created a chance just after the 20 minute mark, as he bullied his defender off the ball before hitting a cross into the area that was expertly cleared by Norwich.

The visitors doubled their lead on the 25 minute, as Pukki pulled back the ball to the edge of the area for Marco Stiepermann to slot home into the bottom right corner.

Daniel Farke’s men nearly had a third shortly after, as Onel Hernandez picked out Pukki on the six yard line, but the Finnish striker was unable to connect with the football as it sailed across the box.

Pawel Olkowski came close to grabbing a goal for the Whites just past the half hour mark, as a powerfully struck effort from the edge of the Norwich box peppered the gloves of Tim Krul.

Norwich took a three goal lead on the 35 minute as a looping ball into the Wanderers box found Buendia, who had managed to wriggle away from his marker to calmly find the back of the net.

Hernandez was a strong save away from adding to Norwich’s lead, as he swivelled away from his defender to fire on goal.

Matthews was more than equal to this effort, as he diverted the ball away from goal.

Norwich were oozing confidence going into the break, as a Buendia lay off to Stiepermann allowed the German to have a crack at goal, but Matthews did well to tip the effort over the crossbar.

Wanderers forward Clayton Donaldson had a chance to get one back for Phil Parkinson’s men, but his volley didn’t trouble the Canaries’ goal.

Second Half

Wanderers started brighter in the second period, as a Magennis header finds Connolly, who provides an aerial effort on target but Krul saved well.

Norwich responded with Hernandez, as he was played in goal before unleashing a venomous effort at Matthews, who saved it well with his legs.

Pukki continued to threaten the Trotters goal, as he fired at goal from a tough angle as Matthews turned away the ball from goal.

Norwich made it four on the 56 minute, as a looping through ball to Pukki was finished off expertly by the frontman, with a chipped effort over Matthews and into the back of the net.

Second half substitute Sammy Ameobi came close just after the hour mark, as he drifted inside with the ball before shooting at goal from distance and just missing the target.

Almost immediately after this chance, Norwich won a penalty as Mark Beevers fouled Pukki in the area.

Kenny McLean ran up to take the penalty and Matthews saved the spot kick, diving to his left and halting the ball’s progress with his trailing legs.

Joe Williams came close moments after, as the ball fell to the midfielder who curled his effort at Tim Krul’s goal, with the Dutchman able to clutch the ball to his chest.

The Everton loanee was in the thick of it with 18 minutes to spare, as a played in Luke Murphy on the edge of the Norwich area.

Murphy shot at goal, but the attempt curled wide of the far post.

Jamal Lewis crossed the ball into Buendia with ten minutes to go, but the Argentinian’s first time effort petered wide of the Wanderers goal.

Four minutes from time and Pukki nearly added to his tally for the day, as a well struck effort at goal was gathered by Matthews easily as the referee called for full time minutes later.

Full Time

Wanderers XI: Matthews, Lowe, Beevers, Vela (J. Williams 45), Donaldson (Ameobi 45), Noone (Buckley 88), Murphy, Olkowski, Connolly, Magennis, Wheater (C)

Unused substitutes: B. Williams, Little, Pritchard, Hall.​

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