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Preview: Bristol City v Bolton Wanderers

24 January 2019

With Wanderers heading to Ashton Gate to take on Bristol City in the Emirates FA Cup this weekend, take a look at five talking points ahead of the cup clash.

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 Emirates FA Cup against Bristol City.

Parkin said: “There are no fresh injury concerns for this Friday's game.”

"We may make a couple of changes for this cup tie, but we will wait and see once we pick the team."

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 seventh 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. How did we get here?

As the Whites take on the Robins in the Fourth Round of the oldest national footballing tournament in the world, we take a look at how we got to this stage of the competition.

Coming in at the Third Round stage, Wanderers drew Walsall out of the hat and went onto win 5-2, with Northern Ireland international Josh Magennis bagging a hat trick along with Clayton Donaldson scoring his first goal for the club.

To see the highlights of this game, see the video below!

5. No Pay on the Day

Bolton Wanderers supporters will not be able to purchase tickets from Ashton Gate for this Friday's Emirates FA Cup 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 12pm on Friday 25 January, subject to availability.

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


Adults: £12

Over-65s: £8

Under-22s: £8

Under-19s: £5

How To Buy

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

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Report: Bristol City 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

25 January 2019

Bolton Wanderers were knocked out of the FA Cup in the Fourth Round after falling to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Bristol City.

Team News

Phil Parkinson made five changes to his starting eleven that went up against West Bromwich Albion in the Sky Bet Championship.

Remi Matthews, Mark Little and Josh Magennis came in for Ben Alnwick, Andrew Taylor and Clayton Donaldson.

Furthermore, Luca Connell and Joe Pritchard came in for Gary O'Neil and Sammy Ameobi.

First Half

Wanderers went ahead on the sixth minute, as Luca Connell delivered a superb first time delivery into the area for defender Mark Beevers to calmly slot home.

However within three minutes, Callum O’Dowda equalised for the Robins, as a cross field ball found the Republic of Ireland international, who powerfully found the bottom left corner.

Shortly after and Eliasson put Chelsea loanee Kasey Palmer through on goal but was let down by his finish that sailed wide of the mark.

Joe Pritchard got on the ball with space to invade just short of the 20th minute, who found Magennis outside of the area.

The Northern Irishman fired at goal but a deflection took the sting out of the effort and nestled into Fielding’s hands.

Kasey Palmer was at the thick of things for Bristol City mere moments after, setting up Morrell who produced a full length diving save from Matthews in the Wanderers’ goal.

Lee Johnson’s men went ahead on the half hour mark, as Diedhiou found Eliasson on the right flank, who cut inside and curled his effort into the top left corner, leaving Matthews helpless.

It was nearly a third for the Robins almost immediately after, with Palmer trying to beat Matthews at his front post but the shot stopper was equal to it and held onto the shot.

Diedhiou went through on goal again, but the striker shot wide of the target from an acute angle.

Second Half

The Robins began the second period on the ascendancy, with a Dasilva getting on the end of an Eliasson cross, only for Wanderers to clear the danger.

City came forward ten minutes later, as he turns on the edge of the Wanderers box and tried to find the bottom left corner once again, but Matthews saved the initial strike before jumping on the ball at a second chance.

On the hour mark, Pritchard flicked it round an onrushing defender to Olkowski.

The Polish international made his way into the area from the by-line and forced a strong save out of Fielding.

A minute later and Olkowski crossed in dangerously for Magennis to get inches away from prodding the ball past the Robins goalkeeper.

Mark Little hung the ball out perfectly in the air in the next chance of the match, allowing for Jack Hobbs to rise in the air and head towards goal but the towering defender was unable to find the target.

The Chelsea loanee Palmer was creating havoc yet again, this time with a free-kick from 25 yards that rattled the frame of the goal with 20 minutes left in the cup tie.

With 13 minutes left on the clock, 17-year-old Connell fizzed a ball into the head of Magennis, who nodded his attempt low and hard into the floor, having Fielding scrambling to his left to save the near equaliser.

O’Dowda found himself in space down the right wing for City with seven minutes to go, where he cut inside past Beevers and shot just over the bar.

Wanderers continued to look threatening as the clock counted down, but were unable to get back into this clash.

Full Time

Wanderers XI: Matthews, Little, Lowe (C), Beevers, Noone, Hobbs, Murphy (O’Neil 76), Olkowski, Magennis, Pritchard (Ameobi 63), Connell (Donaldson 84).

Unused substitutes: B.Williams, Taylor, Oztumer, Buckley.

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Ticket News

No pay on the day for Bristol City Emirates FA Cup clash

24 January 2019

Supporters are reminded that there will be NO pay on the day facility at Ashton Gate for Friday evening's Emirates FA Cup fourth round tie with Bristol City.

Kicking off at 7.45pm, tickets will be available from Bolton Central until 12pm on Friday 25 January.

Tickets can also be ordered over the phone and collected in person.


Adults: £12
Over-65s: £8
Under-22s: £8
Under-19s: £5


Limited travel is still available for £26pp, departing the University of Bolton Stadium at 2pm.

How To Buy

Phone – 0844 871 2932 (option 2 then option 1) (available until 12pm on Friday 25 January, subject to availability)

In Person – Visit Bolton Central (available until 12pm on Friday 25 January, subject to availability)

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

This fixture is an all ticket event.

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