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Preview: Sheffield United v Bolton Wanderers

2 February 2019

Bolton Wanderers head to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon.

With that said, bwfc.co.uk highlights five key points to take into the fixture.

1. Squad Update

Pawel Olkowski has a problem with his ankle which will be monitored in the run-up to kick-off, while Mark Beevers' Achilles injury is still on-going.

Ben Alnwick is progressing well meanwhile with his back injury, but there are no other fresh injury concerns for the Whites following their midweek clash with Reading.

2. The Boss – Chris Wilder

Wilder started his playing career at Sheffield United and remained at the club for six years between 1986 and 1992, making 93 league appearances, scoring once.

He played for 11 teams in a 15-year career, including a long stay at Rochdale, before retiring at Halifax in 2001.

He then started his management career straight after retiring at Alfreton Town and spent one year there.

Wilder then managed Halifax Town, Oxford United and Northampton Town before returning to Bramall Lane as manager in 2016.

He won the Sky Bet League One title in his first season, earning him the LMA League One Manager of the Year for 2016/17, and has impressed ever since, with the Blades currently sitting third in the Sky Bet Championship league standings.

3. New Faces At The Lane

With their push for promotion in full flow, Sheffield United made several January signings to boost their chances.

Former Wanderer Gary Madine is the most notable January signing for this fixture, with him having joined the Blades from Cardiff City on loan for the rest of the season last month.

Northern Irish midfielder Oliver Norwood signed earlier in the window meanwhile from Brighton & Hove Albion for £2.2 million, bolstering United’s options.

The Blades have also signed Everton’s academy graduate Kieran Dowell on loan, adding youth to their attack after letting Leon Clarke leave for Wigan Athletic until the end of the season.

4. A Game To Remember v Sheffield United

Bolton 1-0 Sheffield United – Sky Bet League One 2016/17 opening day

Wanderers started as they meant to go on in the 2016/17 Sky Bet League One season as Jay Spearing led them to a well-earned victory over the Blades at the University of Bolton Stadium on August 6, 2016.

Heroic defending on the day gave Mark Howard a clean sheet in a game which Sheffield United threw everything at the Bolton defence.

It took 37 minutes for the deadlock to be broken as midfielder Spearing found himself open on the edge of the box to score one of the goals of the season as he powered home a full-volley from 20 yards out.

A bit of magic was needed to knock the wind out of the Blades on the day, and the former Liverpool man provided it with style.

Bolton took control from then on and were eventually promoted back to the Championship that season, along with Sheffield United.

To see highlights of that game, click on the video below.

5. Pay On The Day

Wanderers supporters will be able to buy tickets from the Away Ticket Office, which is situated next to the away turnstiles at Bramall Lane on Saturday afternoon.

Tickets will be sold from 1:30pm, but all ticket price bands will increase by £2 on the day.

Advanced sales from Bolton Wanderers are still available via the phone lines & in person at Bolton Central until 2pm on Friday 1 February, subject to availability.

After this time, no sales or refunds can be processed.

Advanced Sales Prices

Adults: £26
Over-60s: £18
Students with a valid NUS card and Under-22s: £16
Under-18s: £11

Matchday Prices

Adults: £28
Over-60s: £20
Students with a valid NUS card and Under-22s: £18
Under-18s: £13

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Match Reports

Report: Sheffield United 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

2 February 2019

Second-half goals from David McGoldrick and Billy Sharp ensured the points went to Sheffield United at a bitterly cold Bramall Lane.

Wanderers looked in good shape after a solid first 45 minutes which saw them enjoy plenty of possession.

But decisive strikes from the Blades frontmen saw Wanderers taste defeat on their travels.

Team News

Phil Parkinson made two changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Reading at the University of Bolton Stadium on Tuesday evening. New signing Callum Connolly made his debut in place of Pawel Olkowski who missed out through injury, while Josh Vela returned to the starting XI at the expense of Craig Noone who was named among the substitutes.

First Half

Wanderers rode some early pressure from the hosts but soon got into their stride, particularly in midfield, where they started to get a foothold.

They won an early corner when O’Neil’s cross, intended for Donaldson at the near post, was cleared, but Connell’s set piece was over hit and it went out for a goal kick.

Matthews came off his line sharply to deny Bill Sharp from bearing in on goal after the Blades striker sprang into action after a ball from the left headed his way.

The hosts followed this up with three successive corners before the referee Keith Stroud blew up for a foul to give Wanderers some respite.

A block from Wheater in his own six-yard box prevented a powerful Stevens strike from testing Matthews in the Wanderers goal.

The game was played largely in the middle of the park with Wanderers enjoying plenty of possession and looked to break up play as quickly as possible when their opponents had the ball.

Wanderers were unfortunate not to have been awarded a corner when Connolly’s low long-distance shot appeared to deflect of a Blades’ defender’s boot.

David McGoldrick saw his powerful drive come off a Wanderers defender to earn his side a corner, but the visitors cleared their lines relatively easy.

United were ending the half strongly and Fleck saw a firmly hit effort canon off O’Neil for another Blades corner.

Wheater was on hand to break another attack from the hosts, this time diverting McGoldrick’s reverse pass behind for a corner.

Second Half

Wanderers had a bright start to the second half and enjoyed two successive corners to keep the Blades on their toes.

Donaldson had a strong chance to put Wanderers in front when he leapt to get his head on Connell’s perfectly weighted pass, but he was unable to get enough power to steer the ball beyond Henderson.

The hosts found themselves in front on 56 minutes through McGoldrick who struck the ball into an empty net when Sharp burst into the box after shaking off the attention of Hobbs with Matthews already committed.

Some lovely play on the right hand side involving Lowe saw Vela charge into the box and laying on the ball for Ameobi but he was crowded out before he could guide his shot on goal.

Parkinson made his first change with twenty minutes remaining when he brought on Magennis for Vela.

Connolly had a good chance to net an equaliser after being played in by Taylor but the on-loan midfielder placed his shot over Henderson’s bar.

Sharp doubled the Blades lead after 73 minutes when he was the first to get to Norwood’s excellent free-kick. The striker powered in a header from close range leaving Matthews with no chance.

Full Time

Bolton Wanderers: Matthews, Taylor, Lowe, Vela (Magennis 69), Donaldson, Ameobi, Hobbs, Connolly, O’Neill, Wheater (C), Connell

Subs Not Used: Buckley, Noone, Murphy, Wilson, B. Williams, Grounds.

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Ticket News

Pay on the Day available at Sheffield United

1 February 2019

Wanderers supporters will be able to buy tickets from the Away Ticket Office, which is situated next to the away turnstiles, at Bramall Lane, tomorrow afternoon.

Tickets will be sold from 1:30pm. All ticket price bands increase by £2 on the day.

Advanced sales from Bolton Wanderers are still available via the phone lines & in person at Bolton Central until 2pm on Friday 1 February, subject to availability.

After this time, no sales or refunds can be processed.

Advanced Sales Prices:

Adults: £26

Over-60s: £18

Students with a valid NUS card and Under-22s: £16

Under-18s: £11

Matchday Prices:

Adults: £28

Over-60s: £20

Students with a valid NUS card and Under-22s: £18

Under-18s: £13

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