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Preview: Bolton Wanderers v Walsall

4 January 2019

Bolton Wanderers take on Walsall in the Third Round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday at the University of Bolton Stadium. With that said, bwfc.co.uk highlight five key pp

1. Squad Update

During Friday’s press conference, first team manager Phil Parkinson gave the following details on his squad for the upcoming Walsall clash in the FA Cup Third Round.

Parkinson said: “Jack Hobbs and Marc Wilson are major doubts for this weekend's game.”

"Will Buckley has suffered from an illness and although he did train today, it is highly unlikely he will feature tomorrow.

"Gary O'Neil is unavailable and along with other doubts in the squad, changes to the team will definitely be made."

2. The Boss - Dean Keates

Keates came through the ranks at the Banks’s Stadium, before making his professional debut for the club in October 1996 against Plymouth Argyle.

During his two stints with the Saddlers, Keates won three promotions with the club (1999, 2001, 2007), making over 150 appearances for the club.

He earned three further promotions (2004 with Hull City and in 2008 and 2009 with Peterborough United), in a playing career that lasted 21 years.

Following on from retiring, Keates was appointed manager of Wrexham in October 2016.

In March 2018, Keates re-joined his hometown club Walsall as first team manager.

3. New faces at the Banks’s Stadium

At the beginning of the 2018/19 season, the Saddlers have brought in a whole host of new names to the Banks’s Stadium.

One such name is Morgan Ferrier, who signed from Boreham Wood in August 2018.

The former England C international is a former Arsenal youth team player and whilst at Boreham Wood, made it to the National League play-off final against Tranmere Rovers.

Norwich duo of Russell Martin and Matt Jarvis have been brought in, with Martin on a permanent basis and Jarvis on loan until the end of the season.

Martin made over 250 appearances for Norwich City prior to joining the Saddlers, the Scottish international won promotion on three different occasions with the Canaries.

On a personal level, the centre back was named in the 2014/15 PFA Championship Team of the Year.

Looking towards Jarvis and the former England international had a highly successful time whilst at Wolverhampton Wanderers, winning promotion to the Premier League 2008/09 along with winning both Players’ Player and Player of the Year in 2010/11.

Coming in from Bury is Albanian born midfielder Zeli Ismail.

A product of the Wolverhampton Wanderers academy, he made his senior debut in September 2012 as a substitute in a 6-0 defeat in the League Cup against Chelsea.

As well as this, Ismail is a former England youth international, as he represented his country at U17 level in 2009.

Andy Cook joined the Saddlers in May 2018, signing a two-year deal from Tranmere Rovers.

Another fellow England C international like Ferrier, Cook scored the opening goal in the National League play-off final for Tranmere, as Rovers went on to win 2-1 and gain promotion to League Two for this season.

4. Game to Remember

We take you back to the second round of the League Cup in September 2003, where Sam Allardyce’s side welcomed the Saddlers to the University of Bolton Stadium.

The Trotters took the lead early on through Mario Jardel, before Kevin Nolan doubled the lead with 20 minutes to go in the tie.

Paul Merson pulled one back for then manager Colin Lee’s team, before Jardel doubled his tally for the day and extended Wanderers lead.

To watch the highlights of that game, click the link below!

5. Pay on the Day

Kicking off at 3pm at the University of Bolton Stadium, admission on the day of the game can be found at the following turnstiles: 

Please note that only the lower tiers of the University of Bolton Stadium will be open for this fixture to Wanderers supporters.

•     Nat Lofthouse (East) Stand Lower - Blocks K and J (for I and L)

•     Carrs Pasties North Stand Lower - Block M

Supporters wishing to sit in the Bolton Kia West Stand Lower can purchase their tickets directly from the Ticket Office at Bolton Central.

Visiting Walsall supporters will also be able to pay on the turnstiles at Block G of the Franking Sense South Stand.

Tickets will be available on a cash-only basis from 2pm onwards, while prices for the match are as follows:

Adults - £15

Over 65’s - £5

Under 18’s - £5

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Report: Bolton Wanderers 5-2 Walsall

5 January 2019

Bolton Wanderers progressed into the Fourth Round of the Emirates FA Cup as they defeated Walsall 5-2 at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

A hat-trick from Josh Magennis, along with a strike from Clayton Donaldson and an own goal from Jon Guthrie saw the Whites secure their place into the pot for the next round.

Team News

Phil Parkinson made five changes from his starting line-up against Hull City.

Marc Wilson and Gary O’Neil miss out through injury, with Luke Murphy and Pawel Olkowski coming in to replace them.

Yanic Wildschut, Craig Noone and Josh Magennis also make the starting eleven.

First Half

Walsall started the game off strong, with a corner into the danger area, headed towards Ben Alnwick’s net and cannoned off the crossbar with two minutes of kick off.

Shouts for a penalty came from the visitors, as Matt Jarvis jinked inside the area and went down following a challenge by David Wheater but referee Darren England waved away the protests.

The Saddler took the lead on 19 minutes, as a cross from Jarvis found the head of Andy Cook, who guided the ball past an outstretched Alnwick.

A speculative effort from Jarvis followed shortly after, however his half volley sailed wide of the mark.

Pawel Olkowski put a superb delivery into the box, finding Yanic Wildschut on the volley but the Dutchman couldn’t direct his effort past Liam Roberts.

Jason Lowe delicately found Craig Noone with a ball across the Walsall area soon after, before the wide man fired towards the Saddlers’ goal but his shot finished inches over the crossbar.

A ball over the top found Saddlers attacker Morgan Ferrier through on goal, but Mark Beevers recovered well to make a well-timed interception.

Craig Noone began to make things happen for the Whites, putting a dangerous ball across the box to find Luke Murphy at the far post.

The former Leeds United man powerfully headed goal ward, but Roberts saved well.

Second Half

Wanderers came out after the break with a bit of menace, with Luke Murphy making a crunching tackle midway into the Walsall half that set away second half substitute Clayton Donaldson.

The Jamaican international jinked past one Walsall defender before having his shot blocked.

A clearance from Wanderers was blocked well by Walsall, who saw the deflection fall into their possession in the form of Morgan Ferrier.

The forward took aim at goal and tested Ben Alnwick, who saved well before grasping the ball at the second attempt.

Wanderers had the ball in the net five minutes prior to the hour mark, with Will Buckley firing home past Roberts but the referee had adjudged the winger to have handled the ball.

Saddlers’ Devlin crossed the ball deep into the area in a quick counter attack, finding Cook who beat Olkowski in the air but couldn’t beat Alnwick with his powerful header.

The Whites pressure got its just reward, with a corner ball finding Josh Magennis in the six yard area, who flicked it quickly to Clayton Donaldson to finish off from close range.

Wanderers soon after got the lead through Josh Magennis, as Donaldson’s shot was palmed out by Roberts straight into the path of the Northern Irishman to tap home from eight yards.

Phil Parkinson’s men doubled their lead with minutes, as a Craig Noone cross into the six yard area saw Donaldson latch onto the enticing delivery as it ended up in the back of the net, with it potentially coming off Jon Guthrie last.

Walsall responded with a goal of their own soon after, with their skipper Dobson firing past Ben Alnwick from all of 20 yards via a deflection. The Wanderers goalkeeper left helpless to stop the effort from going in.

Ferrier nearly found the equaliser with 17 minutes to go, as a Ferrier cross was flicked across the area by Cook, with Saddlers defender Guthrie inches away from tapping it in.

Jason Lowe played a precise through ball to Buckley, who took it in his stride before stinging the gloves of Walsall’s Roberts with a curling effort from just inside the area.

It was all action at this point in the game, as a deflected Olkowski cross found Buckley, who again smashed a shot towards goal with only the post saving the Saddlers.

Left back Luke Leahy saw the ball fall to him with 11 minutes left of this third round tie, but his half volley effort never troubled the Wanderers defence.

Wanderers had their fourth following this, as a fantastic Craig Noone ball into the front post found Magennis who nodded it home from close distance. Excellent from the target man!

Kieron Morris tried to spark the comeback for Walsall, with a strike from 30 yards finishing wide of the target.

Cook hit the woodwork for Dean Keates’ men coming into the final stages of the clash, with a volley from an acute angle firing off the bar.

Magennis became a hattrick hero with three minutes of regular time remaining as he stung the far post with a left footed effort, before valiantly following it up for his third of the afternoon.

Walsall kept playing to the end but it was Wanderers who sailed into the fourth round pot with a clinical display in front of goal today.

Full Time

Wanderers XI: Alnwick, Lowe, Beevers, Vela (Buckley 45), Noone, Murphy (Connell 89), Olkowski, Magennis, Grounds, Wildschut (Donaldson 45), Wheater (C).

Substitutes: B. Williams, Little, Oztumer, Hall.

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Pay on the day available for Walsall FA Cup fixture

4 January 2019

Supporters will be able to pay on the turnstiles for Wanderers' Emirates FA Cup third round fixture against Walsall on Saturday 5 January.

Kicking off at 3pm at the University of Bolton Stadium, admission on the day of the game can be found at the following turnstiles: 

Please note that only the lower tiers of the University of Bolton Stadium will be open for this fixture to Wanderers supporters.

•           Nat Lofthouse (East) Stand Lower - Blocks K and J (for I and L)

•           Carrs Pasties North Stand Lower - Block M

Supporters wishing to sit in the Bolton Kia West Stand Lower can purchase their tickets directly from the Ticket Office at Bolton Central.

Visiting Walsall supporters will also be able to pay on the turnstiles at Block G of the Franking Sense South Stand.

Tickets will be available on a cash-only basis from 2pm onwards, while prices for the match are as follows:

Adults - £15

Over 65’s - £5

Under 18’s - £5

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