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Preview: Bolton Wanderers v Sheffield Wednesday

11 March 2019

Bolton Wanderers take on Sheffield Wednesday in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday 12 March. With that in mind, bwfc.co.uk have produced five talking points ahead of this weekend's clash.

1. Squad Update

Phil Parkinson will have nearly a full squad to choose from, following on from his side's victory against Millwall last Saturday.

The trio of David Wheater, Jason Lowe and Craig Noone all return from suspension, to be in contention for a starting place in tomorrow's game.

Speaking to bwfc.co.uk prior to the clash, assistant manager Steve Parkin also gave the following update regarding the condition of his squad: ‘The squad is in good form heading into tomorrow with nearly a full team to choose from.'

‘Obviously Yanic Wildschut is out of contention still and there's a few bumps and bruises but nothing serious at all.'

2. A game to remember

Bolton Wanderers 2 (Ameobi 10, Hutchinson OG 61) Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Lee 68)

A superb curling effort from playmaking midfielder Sammy Ameobi and a Sam Hutchinson own goal were the difference makers’ last time out at the University of Bolton Stadium, with a Kieran Lee consolation not enough for the Owls.

Sammy Ameobi opened the scoring for Phil Parkinson’s men.

The wide man picked up the ball midway into the visitors half and went onto to drive towards the Owls goal, before cutting inside and whipping a shot into the bottom corner leaving Joe Wildsmith unable to get a hand to it.

Up until the half time interval, both sides had their fair share of chances.

A Mark Beevers header off the line denied Wednesday an equaliser, with winger Adam Reach looking certain to score and level it up.

A double substitution from Luhukay at half time looked to try and shake things up for our opponents, with Sam Hutchinson and Jordan Rhodes entering the fray.

The former of those replacements certainly did make a difference, as he latched onto the end of a Filipe Morais corner kick to inadvertently score Wanderers second of the game with an hour of the clash gone.

Near enough from the restart following this, Wanderers should have had the game sown up as striker Gary Madine missed from all of three yards, after getting onto the end of a pinpoint Josh Vela cross.

Against the run of play, Wednesday pulled one back through a Kieran Lee tap in, after Gary Hooper’s initial effort was handled by Morais in the build-up.

However it was not enough, as Parkinson’s men got a vital victory in the league.

To watch the highlights of this game, click on the YouTube video below:

3. In search for back to back home wins

This will be Wanderers second game in four days, with the team heading back to the University of Bolton Stadium to take on the Owls.

The Trotters come off the back of a fantastic performance and victory over Millwall last Saturday, with goals coming from Pawel Olkowski and Gary O'Neil securing the win for Phil Parkinson's team.

Tuesday evening, the Whites will be looking to complete back to back wins for the first time since August 2018, where Bolton beat both Reading and Birmingham City.

4. New era at Hillsborough - Steve Bruce

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At the beginning of February, Wednesday appointed Steve Bruce as their new manager, following the dismissal of Dutchman Jos Luhukay in December 2018.

After leading Aston Villa to the play-off final last season, Bruce was let go from his role as Villans boss in October last year.

Since taking charge, Bruce's side have not lost in his first eight games in charge.

His Owls have taken 14 points from a possible 24, drawing to Derby County 1-1 in their last time out.

5. Free Concessionary Season Card Upgrades

Concessionary season card holders wishing to upgrade their tickets for Wanderers’ Sky Bet Championship clash with Sheffield Wednesday can do so free of charge.

Available to supporters in possession of Under-12, Under-18, Under-23, Over-65 and Over-75 season cards, fans are able to upgrade their ticket to a full adult for Tuesday’s clash with The Owls.

All adults wishing to use a concessionary season card simply has to present the card at the turnstile to gain entry to the stadium. No paper upgrade ticket will be needed for this fixture.

Tickets for the fixture remain on open sale and are available to purchase online & ‘Print at Home’ HERE.

Alternatively, tickets are also available over the phone on 0844 871 2932 or in person at Bolton Central.

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Report: Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday

12 March 2019

Bolton Wanderers were defeated by Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday evening at the University of Bolton Stadium, with goals from Steven Fletcher and Rolando Aarons earning the Owls all three points.

Team News

For Wanderers starting eleven against the Yorkshire outfit, manager Phil Parkinson made two changes to his side from our last Sky Bet Championship clash against Millwall.

Andrew Taylor and Will Buckley dropped to the bench, with Jason Lowe and Craig Noone coming into the side as replacements.

First Half

Barry Bannan managed to find Steven Fletcher on the edge of the Wanderers box in the tenth minute, with his effort flowing straight into the grasp of Remi Matthews.

Callum Connolly, who was playing at the left side of the defence for this game, responded for the Whites as he took aim from distance, but had his shot blocked by a Wednesday defender.

Wanderers were no doubt the more positive side in the first half, but both teams found it difficult to create many clear cut chances.

Former Wanderers midfielder Bannan stepped up with a free kick that angled into the penalty area to find Owls striker Atdhe Nuhiu.

The target man rose highest and headed towards goal, but with no power or precision to trouble Wanderers goalkeeper Matthews.

With attempts on goal at a premium in the first period, a large chunk of the play occurred in the middle third of the University of Bolton Stadium’s hallowed turf.

Shouts of handball came following a Joe Williams snapshot from the edge of the area on 39 minutes, but referee Stephen Martin waved away any protesting Wanderers players.

The closest either side came to opening the scoring in this clash before the break was a Rolando Aarons effort from 20 yards, which petered wide of the mark.

That was before Sheffield Wednesday managed to open proceedings through Fletcher.

Owls midfielder Bannan pulled the strings with this chance, as he played a well weighted pass right into the path of the Scotsman, who coolly lifted the ball past Matthews and into the goal.

Second Half

Wednesday started off the second period brighter than Wanderers, with Michael Hector attacking a corner kick with menace but lacking the ability to strike the ball at goal.

Phil Parkinson’s men tried to level up proceedings with a Craig Noone half volley from just outside the Owls penalty area, but his effort looped over the bar.

However, a minute prior to the hour mark, Wednesday doubled their lead through Aarons.

A fantastically made through ball from Adam Reach fed the Owls winger through on goal, before finishing well past Matthews.

Wanderers were desperately close to getting a goal and launching themselves right back into this clash soon after the restart.

After a phase of play in the Wednesday box, Noone shot on goal that was blocked by substitute Sam Winnall, before Westwood gathered the following effort.

With 16 minutes of regular time to play, Sammy Ameobi took charge of a dangerous free kick from 25 yards out.

The tricky winger stepped up and struck the set play with venom, but didn’t have the accuracy needed on the effort.

Aarons continued to cause trouble, beating second half substitute Luca Connell down the right wing before finding Winnall.

The playmaker hit his shot on the volley, forcing a tremendous diving save from Remi Matthews to stop a certain goal.

Will Buckley managed to get in behind the Owls' defence shortly after, firing a cross into the area that Clayton Donaldson nearly acrobatically turned into the Wednesday goal.

Unfortunately for the Jamaican, his effort didn’t trouble Westwood.

The Trotters were unrelenting in their search to get back into this game, with a combination of Jack Hobbs, Ameobi and Mark Beevers coming close with simultaneous efforts to kick-starting a comeback.

With time winding down, Wanderers kept fighting but it wasn’t enough as Wednesday took all three points in this Sky Bet Championship game.

Full Time

Wanderers: Matthews, Lowe (C), Beevers, Ameobi, Noone (Buckley 66), Hobbs, Olkowski, Connolly, O’Neil (Donaldson 66), J. Williams (Connell 72), Magennis

Unused substitutes: B. Williams, Taylor, Wilson, Wheater

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Free concessionary upgrades for Tuesday evening's Sheffield Wednesday clash

11 March 2019

Concessionary season card holders wishing to upgrade their tickets for Wanderers’ Sky Bet Championship clash with Sheffield Wednesday can do so free of charge.

Available to supporters in possession of Under-12, Under-18, Under-23, Over-65 and Over-75 season cards, fans are able to upgrade their ticket to a full adult for Tuesday’s clash with The Owls.

All adults wishing to use a concessionary season card simply has to present the card at the turnstile to gain entry to the stadium. No paper upgrade ticket will be needed for this fixture.

Tickets for the fixture remain on open sale and are available to purchase online & ‘Print at Home’ HERE.

Alternatively, tickets are also available over the phone on 0844 871 2932 or in person at Bolton Central.

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