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Match Previews

Preview: Queens Park Rangers v Bolton Wanderers

29 March 2019

With Wanderers taking on Queens Park Rangers this weekend in the Sky Bet Championship, note five talking points to take into the clash.

  1. Squad Update

Speaking to prior to the clash, manager Phil Parkinson also gave the following update regarding the condition of his squad.

Parkinson said: ‘Jack Hobbs has got a slight problem with his back but I don’t expect him to be out for too long.'

‘Everybody is available for selection, obviously Luca (Connell) hasn’t joined up with the squad yet after international duty, so we will assess him tomorrow morning.'

‘Josh Magennis has come back in great shape and off the back of a goal for his country, which is great news.’

  1. Game to Remember – 01.09.96 QPR 1-2 Bolton Wanderers (John McGinlay, Allan Thompson)

We will take you back to September 1996, where Colin Todd’s Wanderers side took on the R’s at Loftus Road at the beginning of the 1996/97 season.

The Whites took the lead after John McGinlay latched onto a rebound from a Per Frandsen long range effort that rattled the post and stuck Wanderers into the lead.

Rangers replied through Alan McDonald, before an Allan Thompson wonder strike earned the Trotters all three points in this First Division matchup.

To see the highlights of this game, follow the YouTube link below!

  1. Jason Lowe

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We learned this week that Wanderers midfielder Jason Lowe will be out for up to ten weeks with an ankle ligament injury.

This long term knock was sustained early in Wanderers derby day defeat to Wigan Athletic, after the 27-year-old collided with Latics midfielder Michael Jacobs mere minutes into the clash.

Subsequent scans have revealed that Lowe will now have an extended spell on the sidelines.

Who do you think should replace Lowe in the starting line-up for this weekend’s game? Let us know on Twitter @OfficialBWFC with the hashtag #BWFC!

  1. International exploits

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Wanderers’ first team players Josh Magennis and Luca Connell represented their respective national teams during the most recent block of international fixtures.

Magennis entered the fray for Michael O'Neill's side on 76 minutes, replacing Kyle Lafferty against Estonia in a 2-0 victory.

In their second game with three minutes remaining, the Wanderers striker latched onto the end of a low cross from Paddy McNair to earn all three points for his country after replacing Niall McGinn early in the second half.

Luca Connell represented Republic of Ireland Under-19s in their UEFA U19 European Championship qualifiers against Romania, Azerbaijan and Russia.

The youngster played 20 minutes against Romania, replacing William Smallbone in a 5-0 demolition job.

He played the full 90 minutes in their 3-1 victory over Vugar Mammad's men, before playing an hour in Ireland's 2-0 victory over Russia.

These results see the Boys in Green cruise through their group stage with an unblemished record and only conceding once in their three games.

  1. Opponents recent form

When looking to the Hoops recent run of form, they have won once in their last 14 league games.

In their previous home game, the R’s lost 2-1 to Rotherham United, with Semi Ajayi scoring a 95th minute winner for the away side to snatch a point away from Steve McClaren’s men.

With just five points from last five home league games, Phil Parkinson’s men will be looking to gain points over 17th placed Championship club.

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Match Reports

Report: Queens Park Rangers v Bolton Wanderers

30 March 2019

Bolton Wanderers took all three points in this Sky Bet Championship affair, as goals from Will Buckley and Callum Connolly saw Phil Parkinson's men beat QPR 2-1 at Loftus Road.

Team News

Manager Phil Parkinson made three changes to his starting line-up from the last time out against Wigan Athletic.

For this Sky Bet Championship clash, an injured Jason Lowe was replaced by Pawel Olkowski, with Clayton Donaldson and Jack Hobbs swapped out for Sammy Ameobi and David Wheater

First Half

This game took a while to get going, but Sammy Ameobi's shot from 25 yards darted across the floor, with R’s keeper Joe Lumley dealing with the effort.

QPR came back at the Trotters immediately, when Pawel Wszolek played in Angel Rangel, who produced a tantalising delivery across the box that neither side could get on the end of.

Steve McClaren’s men had many set-pieces during the majority of the first period, most notably when Josh Scowen ended up with the ball just inside the box and cannoned his strike off the post – Wanderers’ Remi Matthews left routed to the floor.

Hoops skipper Luke Freeman stepped up to a free-kick moments later, with his eventual strike peering wide of the mark.

Pawel Olkowski nearly took the lead for the Whites, as he shifted his way into a shooting position before hitting a weaker footed shot just over the crossbar.

Freeman connected with a shot on the half-volley just prior to the half hour mark, but Matthews wasn’t troubled by the clever piece of play.

But as if by magic, Wanderers took the lead through Will Buckley on the 35th minute.

A fantastically floated delivery into the area from Joe Williams found Josh Magennis lingering at the back post.

He nodded the aerial threat across goal, with Lumley parrying the ball straight into the path of Buckley who bundled the ball over the line.

Tomer Hemed tried to pull one back just before the half time interval, but his guided header on goal did not find the target.

Second Half

After the break, QPR started brightly, as Osayi-Samuel broke through on goal, cut inside past Wheater and stung the gloves of Remi Matthews.

A Freeman corner was latched onto by second half substitute Toni Leistner, who powerfully heads at goal but could not find the target.

Wanderers nearly doubled their lead minutes prior to the hour mark, as an outside of the boot cross from Sammy Ameobi found Josh Magennis, who could not get the ball out from under his feet before QPR regained possession.

Magennis had a speculative shot from distance for the Whites that missed the target soon after, with Wanderers playing more of a counter attacking style in the second period.

On 66 minutes, Phil Parkinson’s men should’ve taken the lead after a prolific period of chances.

Ameobi fired the ball across goal towards Buckley, who smashed the crossbar from close difference before Andrew Taylor hit a strong effort at goal which Lumley saved extremely well.

The Trotters were firmly in this game, with chances coming at either end, with both goalkeepers needing to be on their toes.

But then, Wanderers doubled their lead through Callum Connolly.

A brilliant effort on goal from Sammy Ameobi was parried out by Lumley into the path of Connolly, who did the rest and sent Trotters fans into rapturous applause.

Nahki Wells broke into the area in a quick responsive move, as his strike battered the hands of Matthews, as the Wanderers shot stopper got up quickly to make a second save from Osayi-Samuel.

The R’s found a goal with nine minutes remaining of regular time, as Nahki Wells managed to worm his way into a goal scoring opportunity before bending the ball around Matthews and into the corner of the goal.

Massimo Luongo nearly had the equaliser near enough straight after the first, as his shot comes through an entanglement of players, with Matthews seeing it late and saving low to his left.

Wanderers were defending valiantly heading into added time in this back and forth fixture.

QPR were throwing bodies forward but it wasn’t enough, as the referee calls time and Wanderers take all three points!

Full Time

Wanderers XI: Matthews, Taylor, Beevers, Ameobi (Donaldson 89), Buckley (Noone 80), Olkowski, Connolly, O’Neil, J. Williams, Magennis, Wheater (C).

Unused subsitutes: Alnwick, Little, Oztumer, Wilson, Connell.

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Ticket News

Pay on the Day available for Queens Park Rangers away clash

29 March 2019

Wanderers supporters will be able to buy tickets directly from the away turnstiles at Loftus Road, tomorrow afternoon. Tickets will be sold on a cash only basis. Prices will increase by £5 on the day.

Advanced sales from Bolton Wanderers are still available via the phone lines & in person at Bolton Central until 2pm on Friday 29 March, subject to availability. After this time, no sales or refunds can be processed.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Advanced sales:

Adults - £33.00

Over 60’s - £23.00

Under 22’s - £23.00

Under 18’s - £16.00

On the day prices:

Adults - £38.00

Over 60’s - £28.00

Under 22’s - £28.00 (Proof of age required at the turnstile)

Under 18’s - £21.00

Wanderers fans must be aware that only gold category tickets are now available, with all silver category tickets have now sold out. 

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