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Preview: Bristol City v Bolton Wanderers

11 January 2019

With Wanderers heading to Ashton Gate to take on Bristol City in the Sky Bet Championship this weekend, bwfc.co.uk take a look at five talking points ahead of the game.

1. Squad Update

During Thursday’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 Bristol City.

Parkinson said: “Craig Noone and Josh Vela have been ill this week.”

"On a positive note, Jack Hobbs, Andrew Taylor and Marc Wilson are all back in training."

2. The Boss – Lee Johnson

Johnson began his career in the Arsenal and Watford youth academy setups, before scoring on his competitive debut for Brighton and Hove Albion against Cardiff City in the Football League Trophy in the 2000/01 season.

He went on to have a 13 year playing career, having notable stints at Yeovil Town and the Robins in the mid-2000s.

At the age of just 31, Johnson was appointed manager of then League One side, Oldham Athletic.

That made him the youngest manager in the Football League and would go up against his father, Gary, when they took on Yeovil Town that year.

After two seasons at Boundary Park, Johnson spent a season at Barnsley before getting appointed head coach at Bristol City in February 2016.

The Robins currently sit 11th in the Sky Bet Championship.

3. New faces at Ashton Gate

In the summer transfer window, the Robins had a bit of a reshuffle with a few new signings brought in to strengthen their squad.

Finnish goalkeeper Niki Mäenpää joined from Brighton & Hove Albion on a free transfer.

The shot stopper has represented his country at the highest level, deputising against Belarus when Stuart Baxter started him in between the sticks for the Eagle-owls.

Joining from fellow Championship club Derby County, striker Andreas Weimann joined the Robins in July 2018 on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

Having played at the highest level in English football with Aston Villa, the Austrian international forward has scored five goals for Lee Johnson’s men so far in the Sky Bet Championship.

In defence, Adam Webster joined the ranks from Ipswich Town for a fee reportedly rising to £8million.

The former England U19 international spent a long stage of his early career at Portsmouth, before joining Aldershot Town on loan in 2013/14.

Being brought in for a reported £1million, forward Marley Watkins joined on a permanent basis from Norwich City.

The Welsh international had a spell at Barnsley prior to his move to Norfolk, where he won both promotion to the Sky Bet Championship and the Football League Trophy in 2015/16.

4. Game to Remember - December 1994

We take Wanderers’ fans back to December 1994, where Bruce Rioch’s men travelled to Ashton Gate to take on Joe Jordan’s Bristol City.

Mark Patterson scored the only goal of the game, with a deflected effort from just inside the City box that nestled in the bottom right corner of the Robins goal.

To see highlights, watch the video below!

5. No Pay on the Day

Bolton Wanderers supporters will not be able to purchase tickets from Ashton Gate for this weekend's Sky Bet Championship clash with Bristol City.

The fixture is an all-ticket event.

Advanced sales are still available via the phone lines and in person at Bolton Central until 2pm on Friday 11 January, subject to availability.

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

Prices

Adults: £27
Over-65s: £24
Under-25s: £24
Under-22s: £21
Under-19s: £15
Under-12s: £10

Official coach travel however has now sold out.

How To Buy

Phone: 0844 871 2932 (option 2 then option 1)
In Person: Visit Bolton Central

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Match Reports

Report: Bristol City 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

12 January 2019

Bolton Wanderers succumbed to a narrow defeat in the West Country following two quick fire strikes from Bristol City substitutes Matty Taylor and Kasey Palmer turned the game on its head after Will Buckley put the visitors in front.

Team News:

Phil Parkinson made two change from the side that beat Walsall in the Emirates FA Cup a week earlier with Sammy Ameobi and Craig Noone returning to the starting line-up at the expense of the injured Yanic Wildschut and Josh Vela, who was named among the substitutes.

First Half

Josh Brownhill had the first effort of note after ten minutes but his powerfully struck free-kick was successfully defended by the Wanderers wall.

The opening stages of the game were very much played in the middle of the park with neither side able to control possession for long spells.

The hosts won another free-kick in a dangerous area, when Luke Murphy brought down Callum O’Dowda thirty yards out. Again, Brownhill took the set piece and again the Wanderers defence held firm.

Andreas Weimann wasn’t too far away with a volley on the turn that went narrowly wide of Ben Alnwick’s left hand side.

The hosts were starting to find their feet and began to probe into the Wanderers box, but everything they threw was sufficiently dealt with by Wanderers.

Alnwick made his first save of the game 20 minutes into the contest when he got his foot onto Famara Diedhiou’s after the forward tricked his way past Pawel Olkowski to get a low shot on target.

A response came almost immediately from Parkinson’s men, when Olkowski got a cross off from the right hand side, but Noone’s header was always going over the bar and never troubled Niki Maenpaa.

Ameobi followed this up moments later when he broke into the Bristol half and charged towards goal, but his low drive lacked the power to trouble Maenpaa.

Fortune was on Wanderers’ side as the crossbar came to the rescue for them when Weimann’s deflected shot looped off Olkowski and on to the woodwork.

Diedhiou should have done better when he shook off the attention of Olkowski as his curling right footed effort was off target.

At the other end, a Noone free kick was met at the far post by the head of Beevers but Maenpaa came off his line to gather the ball comfortably.

Second Half

A bright start to the second half from the hosts saw Diedhiou head Weimann’s cross just wide after Wanderers failed to clear their lines.

At the other end, Lowe’s volley had Maenpaa on his tiptoes to catch the ball after the Wanderers midfielder was first to Beevers’ knockdown.

Diedihou missed a glorious opportunity from five yards to put his side in front after the ball fell into his path after O’Dowda’s header cannoned off the bar.

A timely intervention from the outstretched foot of Olkowski prevented Diedhiou from getting in on goal.

But Wanderers took the lead just before the hour mark through Buckley who guided in Ameobi’s cross after Noone won possession over on the far touch line.

Lloyd Kelly was attempting to let the ball roll out for a goal kick, but Noone slid into rob the ball from the full-back which allowed Ameobi to seize control of the ball and charged towards goal. His whipped, curling effort was then glanced in by Buckley who celebrated in front of the 600 plus travelling Wanderers fans.

The hosts responded by making a triple substitution with Palmer, Taylor and Dasilva repl being made, replacing Weimann, Kelly and Patterson.

And within minutes of the change being made Taylor equalised with a low shot that beat Alnwick at his near post.

The Wanderers keeper was pressed into action, making a diving save to his right to keep out Taylor's powerful effort.

From the resulting corner, the game turned on its head when fellow sub Palmer nodded the ball over the line.

A superb save from Alnwick, diving at full stretch to his left, prevented Palmer’s deflected shot from putting the hosts two goals to the good.

Noone’s left-sided cross found the head of Magennis but the big striker was unable to direct it effort on target.

Despite a late rally from the Wanderers, they were unable to find the equaliser.

Full Time

BOLTON WANDERERS: Alnwick, Lowe, Beevers, Ameobi, Buckley (Donaldson 77), Noone, Murphy (Vela 85), Olkowski, Magennis, Grounds (Dyer 85), Wheater (C).

Subs Not Used: B. Williams, Taylor, Hobbs, Wilson,

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Ticket News

No pay on the day for Bristol City clash

10 January 2019

Bolton Wanderers supporters will not be able to purchase tickets from Ashton Gate for this weekend's Sky Bet Championship clash with Bristol City.

The fixture is an all-ticket event.

Advanced sales are still available via the phone lines and in person at Bolton Central until 2pm on Friday 11 January, subject to availability.

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

Prices

Adults: £27
Over-65s: £24
Under-25s: £24
Under-22s: £21
Under-19s: £15
Under-12s: £10

Official coach travel however has now sold out.

How To Buy

Phone: 0844 871 2932 (option 2 then option 1)
In Person: Visit Bolton Central

 

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