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Preview: Swansea City v Bolton Wanderers

28 February 2019

Bolton Wanderers travel down to South Wales to take on Swansea City in the Sky Bet Championship this weekend.

Ahead of the trip to the Liberty Stadium, have picked out five talking points to take into the clash.

  1. Injury Update

During Thursday’s press conference in preview on the Swansea City away clash, manager Phil Parkinson spoke to and gave an update on the squad’s health.

Parkinson said: “Luca Connell could be in contention for Saturday's game after a brief battle with an illness.

"Andy Taylor has been back training with the squad and that is a massive bonus to the squad as a whole.

"We have some bumps and bruises heading into this weekend, as is to be expected at this time of the season, but players now have to dig deep when these things happen."

  1. Jason Lowe

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One player who is unavailable due to suspension for Saturday’s trip to the Swans is Jason Lowe.

The tenacious midfielder will miss the Whites games against Swansea and Millwall.

This opens up a spot in Phil Parkinson’s team, with plenty of players ready to impress with Lowe’s absence.

Who would you choose to replace Lowe? Let us know on Twitter @OfficialBWFC with the hashtag #BWFC

  1. Swansea City’s new faces for 2018/19

Following on from our last game against Aston Villa, we take on another recently relegated side from the top flight of English football.

Currently sat ninth in the Sky Bet Championship, the Swans have kept a core amount of their recently demoted side, whilst making some additions.

Brought in from Nottingham Forest was midfielder Barrie McKay for an undisclosed fee, signing a three-year deal.

The Scottish international had a glittering career during his time at Rangers, winning the Scottish Third Division, Championship and Challenge Cup with the Gers.

On a personal note, McKay played himself into the Scottish Championship PFA Team of the Year in 2015/16.

Bersant Celina signed for the Swans from Manchester City on a permanent basis in the summer.

The Kosovan international has experience out on loan in the top level of Dutch football with FC Twente, as well as in this division with Ipswich Town during the 2017/18 season.

He scored his first goal for Swansea against the Tractor Boys in October 2018.

Young striker Joel Asoro signed from Sunderland back in July 2018, penning a four-year deal.

The Swedish youth international spent the majority of his development career in his native Sweden at the likes of IFK Haninge and IF Brommapojkarna before joining Sunderland in 2015.

He broke into the first team a year later, making his professional debut against Middlesbrough as a second half substitute, becoming Sunderland’s and Sweden’s youngster Premier League player.

  1. Opponent’s latest form

When looking into the Swans recent league form, they have taken four points from their last five games, most recently losing away to Sheffield Wednesday 3-1.

Their home form has seen them take 25 points from a possible 48 on offer so far this campaign.

In Swansea’s last five home games, they have taken eight points from a possible 15 and are unbeaten in their last four outings at the Liberty Stadium.

  1. The Boss - Graham Potter

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In June 2018, Potter was appointed manager of Swansea City, signing a three-year contract with the Welsh club.

In his playing days, Potter made over 300 appearances for the likes of Birmingham City, Stoke City, York City and Macclesfield Town.

After retiring in 2005, the former England Under-21 international went to the Open University and graduated with a degree in Social Sciences.

Following work with the University of Hull, Leeds Metropolitan University and England Universities squads, Potter was appointed manager of Swedish side Ostersunds FK who were in the fourth tier of Swedish football at the time.

He achieved two successive promotions before managing to get the club into the Allsvenskan (top flight of Swedish football) after just five years in the job.

After winning the Svenska Cupen in 2017, this granted Potter’s side a berth in the UEFA Europa League for the 2017/18 season which was a first for Ostersunds.

His side went onto beat English giants Arsenal in the competition away from home, however they were eliminated 4-2 on aggregate.

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Match Reports

Report: Swansea City 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

2 March 2019

Nine-man Wanderers suffered a reverse in South Wales as Oli McBurnie’s late second-half strike and an injury time effort from sub Bersant Celina gave Swansea City a maximum at the Liberty Stadium.

The visitors had Craig Noone sent off in the first-half and captain David Wheater dismissed in the second period, but looked to be holding on for a draw after Remi Matthews put in a man of the match display by making a string of vital saves including a stunning penalty save from eventual goal scorer McBurnie.

But the big Scotsman sent the Swans on course for victory with ten minutes to go after poking home from close range to make the hosts’ numerical advantage eventually count.

Celina then made doubly sure deep into time added on after his fresh legs got the better of the Wanderers defence.

Team News

Phil Parkinson made two changes from the side that lost narrowly at Leeds United last weekend with Sammy Amoebi and fit-again Luca Connell coming in for Joe Williams and the suspended Jason Lowe.

First Half

Remi Matthews parried away a left footed drive from Matt Grimes after three minutes as the hosts started brightly.

The speedy Daniel James was the next to test the Wanderers ‘keeper but he hit his shot straight into the arms of Matthews after bursting into the box.

James was in the thick of the action and he latched on to McBurnie’s measured through ball but could only shoot across the face of goal after getting in front of his marker.

Wanderers were struggling to get a foothold on the game and the hosts were controlling possession during the early stages.

Matthews made another fine save to keep out McBurnie who shaped up to curl in a left-footer at the far post.

Some enterprising play on the left hand side involving Noone  and Magennis resulted in Connell volleying towards goal for Wanderers’ first chance. The shot, however, didn’t trouble Nordfeldt in the Swansea goal.

Matthews was single-handedly keeping the visitors in this contest as he again got a vital hand in to block a cross from the right hand side with McBurnie lurking near the penalty spot.

The Wanderers shot-stopper was simply awesome and again kept Wanderers in the contest after denying McBurnie from the penalty spot with a splendid save diving to his right after Noone upended Nathan Dyer, a foul for which is was cautioned.

A Grimes free-kick was well-struck but Matthews was its match as he turned the strike away for a corner.

At the other end, a fierce volley from Connolly was kept out by Nordfeldt as Wanderers almost got their noses in front.

Wanderers were reduced to ten men two minutes before the half-time break when Noone was shown a second yellow for a foul on McBurnie.

Second Half

Wanderers started the second half with endeavour in spite of their numerical disadvantage and won a corner early on.

Moments later an in-swinging cross from Ameobi was only inches away from Wheater’s head.

The visitors won a free-kick in a dangerous area after Magennis was felled by a clumsy challenge off Grimes. After receiving lengthy treatment, he was carried off the field with what appeared to be a leg injury and was replaced by Will Buckley.

From the resulting set-piece, Connell shot straight into the arms of Nordfeldt.

Wanderers survived another scare when James’ cross was inadvertently deflected goalwards by Wheater, but fortunately Olkowski was able to get back and clear the ball off the line.

Luke Murphy came on for Connell with twenty minutes remaining as Parkinson looked to freshen things up in midfield.

Referee Gavin Ward had a lengthy consultation with his assistant before dismissing Wheater for what he deemed a professional foul on Routledge after the winger intercepted a loose pass from Murphy. Wanderers were now down to nine men.

As a result, defender Jack Hobbs came on for Donaldson as Wanderers somehow tried to defend what would be a miraculous point.

The hosts thought they had broken the deadlock with ten minutes to go, but the referee had blown for a handball before McBurnie found the back of the net.

It mattered not, as the Scotsman finally scored just a minute later after poking home from close range before Celina struck minutes from the full time whistle to earn his their three points on a wet and windy afternoon in Wales.

Full Time

Bolton Wanderers: Matthews, Olkowski, Connolly, O’Neil, Beevers, Wheater, Ameobi, Connell (Murphy 69'), Donaldson (Hobbs 75'), Magennis (Buckley 56'), Noone

Subs Not Used: Williams, Little, Dyer, Pritchard

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Ticket News

Swansea City ticket information now confirmed

11 February 2019

Ticket information for Wanderers’ Sky Bet Championship fixture away to Swansea City on Saturday 2 March has now been confirmed.

Bolton Wanderers have received an initial allocation of 1,032 tickets for the Whites’ trip to the Liberty Stadium.

Tickets will be available for season ticket holders to purchase from 9am on Tuesday 12 February (one per season ticket holder).

Tickets will be available online to Bolton Wanderers supporters until 4pm on Wednesday 27 February, and in person at Bolton Central or via the phone lines until 2pn on Friday 1 March, subject to availability.

On Sale Dates

Away Season Ticket Holders – Monday 11 February.

Season Ticket Holders – Tuesday 12 February, 9am (one per season ticket holder).

Members – Monday 18 February, 9am (one per membership) Subject to availability.

Open Sale – Wednesday 20 February, 9am Subject to availability.

Ticket Prices

Adults: £30
Over-60s: £17.50
Students: £17.50 (ID will be needed to gain entry)
Under-16s - £15

Official coach travel is available, costing £29 per person. All coaches depart from the University Of Bolton Stadium at 7:30am.

How To Buy

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

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