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Preview: Bolton Wanderers v Preston North End

8 February 2019

Bolton Wanderers take on Preston North End 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.

1. Squad Update

During Friday’s press conference, first team manager Phil Parkinson gave the following details on his squad for the upcoming clash in the Sky Bet Championship against Preston North End.

Parkinson said: “Jack Hobbs will be out for a few weeks and so is Andy Taylor."

"Mark Beevers and Ben Alnwick are making good progress with their respectives knocks, which is a positive sign."

2. Fresh faces at Deepdale

During the January transfer window, North End have certainly been busy, adding five new permanent signings to their club.

Josh Ginnelly was first to join the club as soon as the window opened, joining from Walsall.

In Ginnelly’s career in the non-leagues, he has won promotion to the Football League on two occasions with Lincoln City (2016/17) and Tranmere Rovers (2017/18) respectively.

Coming in for a club record transfer window is former Barnsley midfielder Brad Potts.

During his time at Blackpool in 2017, Potts was a part of the Tangerines side that won promotion Sky Bet League One via the play-offs that season.

Since joining Preston, he has scored two goals in four games under the tutelage of Alex Neil.

Along with the permanent signings of Connor Ripley and Joe Rafferty, Jayden Stockley joined from Exeter City.

In Stockley’s second game for the Lilywhites, he scored his first goal against QPR with a curled effort into the top right corner, leaving Joe Lumley helpless in the R’s goal.

3. The Boss – Alex Neil

Coming towards the end of the Scotsman’s 16 year playing career (1999-2015), Neil took on the role of interim manager in April 2013 of his last club Hamilton Academical following Billy Reid’s vacating of the job.

Here, Neil took permanent charge in May of that year at age 31 and led the club to promotion back to the top flight of Scottish football via the play-offs.

In the 2014/15 season with the Accies, Neil defeated Celtic away from home for the first time in 76 years of fixtures between the clubs.

In January of that season, Neil joined Norwich City as their new manager.

In Norfolk, he managed to obtain promotion the Premier League via the play-offs yet again, defeating Middlesbrough 2-0 in the final.

Following his departure from Carrow Road in March 2017, Neil wouldn’t be out of a job for long as he took charge of Preston North End in July 2017.

4. When we last met

Back in September 2018, Phil Parkinson took his side to take on North End at Deepdale in the Sky Bet Championship.

The fixture didn’t start ideally for Wanderers, as two early goals from Callum Robinson and a wonder strike from Alan Browne saw Preston take an early two goal advantage.

However, the Whites fought back well as Sammy Ameobi and Pawel Olkowski scored a goal each just before the half time interval to seal a point for Wanderers.

To see highlights of the clash, see the link below!

5. Opponents' current form

When looking at Preston’s start to the season, they currently sit 18th after 30 games.

The Lilywhites are currently unbeaten in their last four games in the league, taking eight points from a possible 12.

In their last game, they took on Derby County in the Sky Bet Championship as the game finished 0-0.

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Report: Bolton Wanderers v Preston North End

9 February 2019

Bolton Wanderers suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Preston North End in the Sky Bet Championship at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturd

Team News

Phil Parkinson made four changes to his starting eleven that went up against Sheffield United in the Sky Bet Championship.

Andrew Taylor and Jack Hobbs missed out through injury, with Marc Wilson and Jonathan Grounds coming in to replace them.

Furthermore, Josh Vela and Clayton Donaldson dropped out for Craig Noone and Josh Magennis.

First Half

Magennis had the first chance of the game, as a Gary O’Neil floated delivery into the area was nodded towards goal by the Northern Irishman but saved comfortably by Declan Rudd.

The target man was at it again mere minutes after, with a curling effort from outside the North End area sailing wide of the mark.

The Lilywhites responded through Alan Browne, as the midfielder struck an effort on the half volley that never troubled Matthews in the Wanderers goal.

Following a defensive mix up at the back by Wanderers, Barkhuizen intercepted a misplaced pass by David Wheater and lashed an effort across goal and wide of the far post.

Shortly after the 20 minute mark and Barkhuizen broke into space for Alex Neil’s men, powering through the middle of the Trotters half and tried to angle the ball into the bottom corner but dragged his effort wide.

As the clash hit the half hour point, O’Neil produced a tantalising corner kick into the six yard area for Marc Wilson to latch onto, but the defender’s aerial attempt flew over the bar.

Eight minutes before the interval as a shot on the Wanderers goal had Matthews beaten with a deflection but Wilson came in to clear the ball off the line in a last ditch attempt.

Soon after, Preston had the lead as Alan Browne found space in the right side of the box and hit the back of the net with a low right footed strike into the corner.

Almost immediately after play resumed and Maguire almost managed to tap the ball past Matthews at his near post, but the goalkeeper stood firm and saved well with his foot.

Second Half

Ten minutes into the second period and Alan Browne played a menacing ball across the face of the Whites goal, but Wilson was on hand to avert the danger with a sliding clearance.

Paul Gallagher came close to doubling Preston’s lead soon after, with an effort across goal just inches away from finding the net.

With 67 minutes on the clock, Preston caught the Whites on the counter attack as Brad Potts steamed through on goal, one on one with Matthews.

The midfielder fired at goal, but was denied by the post from getting North End’s second of the game.

North End made it two with eight minutes left of regulation play, as Barkhuizen was played through with only Matthews to beat, and crept the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper and into the back of the Wanderers goal.

Wanderers responded with a chance soon after, as an O’Neil corner found the head of Wheater who couldn’t get his effort past the mixture of bodies in the area.

Preston broke away with three minutes to go, with Nmecha getting away an effort on goal that Matthews saved well through rushing out to the striker.

The Whites managed to pull one back through Clayton Donaldson, as the forward latched onto a Magennis knock down and dispatched from close range past Rudd.

Magennis nearly had the equaliser in added time of this clash, as a header from point blank range off a deflected cross saw Rudd make a magnificent save to tip it over his crossbar.

However, it wasn’t enough as the visiting side took the three points at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Full Time

Wanderers XI: Matthews, Lowe, Ameobi, Noone (Pritchard 77), Connolly, Wilson, O’Neil, Magennis, Grounds (Donaldson 62), Wheater (C), Connell (Vela 23).

Unused substitutes: Alnwick, Buckley, Olkowski, Dyer.

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