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Preview: Nottingham Forest v Bolton Wanderers

3 May 2019

Bolton Wanderers take on Nottingham Forest on Sunday afternoon for their final fixture of the 2018/19 season. With that being said, have outlined five talking points ahead of the clash.

1. Player of the Year – Gary O’Neil

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Gary O'Neil was named as Bolton Wanderers' Player of the Year for the 2018/19 campaign by the club's supporters on Friday.

The experienced figure, who joined the club last summer, scooped the accolade with 37% of votes submitted by Whites supporters.

He has made 30 appearances in league and cup this season, scoring three times against Rotherham United, Millwall and Wigan Athletic.

A stalwart in the heart of the Trotters' midfield, the 35-year-old has proven himself an integral member of Phil Parkinson's squad during the current campaign for the football club.

Luca Connell has been named as Young Player of the Year meanwhile following his breakthrough season in senior football.

Speaking about the award, O'Neil said: "It is always nice when you get these sorts of personal accolades.

"It has been a tough year for everyone at the club, but this is a nice little bonus for what has been a difficult time for everybody.

"I would 100% have swapped this accolade for the team staying in the division.

"The Player of the Year award is never the most important thing, but I appreciate everyone who voted for me."

2. End Of Season Sale

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The end of season sale at Bolton Central is now on, with big savings on all of 2018/19's training wear available to grab before Sunday's season finale against the Reds.

A whole host of items are now available, so do not miss out!

The list of the sale items are as follows:

  • Adult travel polos now £9.99 / Juniors £7.99
  • Adult rain jackets now £19.99 / Juniors £14.99
  • Adult travel hoody £19.99 / Juniors £14.99
  • Adult travel full zip jackets £19.99

As well as this, don’t miss out on the last few remaining home replica 2018/19 shirts now just £9.99, with shorts £4.99 and socks £2.99! 

Plus further savings on a range of items available while stocks last.

Make sure to visit the University of Bolton Stadium to take advantage of these offers, limited availability is online at

3. Key Faces At The City Ground

Since we last played Nottingham Forest back in October, the club have brought in a whole host of fresh faces.

Karim Ansarifard joined the Reds in November 2018, penning a one-and-a-half-year contract deal with the club.

The Iranian international has won various trophies during his 12 years as a professional, with his most notable trophy coming in 2016/17 as he aided Olympiacos to the Superleague title.

Joining from Leicester City in mid-January was defender Yohan Benalouane.

The Tunisian international became Martin O’Neill’s first signing as manager made his debut against Bristol City just a day after signing for Forest.

Benalouane was a part of the Leicester City squad that won the Pemier League, playing four times for the Foxes in that season.

Alongside him at the back is new Swedish man, Alexander Milosevic.

The towering centre back has played in Turkey, Germany and his native Sweden before joining the Reds in January.

His most recent achievement was winning the Allsvenskan with Swedish side AIK back in 2018.

On loan from Udinese, Molla Wague was drafted in to bolster the defensive line.

The Malian international scored on his debut for Forest in February, scoring the winner late on against Brentford in a 2-1 victory.

4. No Pay On The Day

Wanderers’ supporters will not be able to purchase tickets on the day at the City Ground on Sunday for the Whites' final away clash of the 2018/19 season against Nottingham Forest.

Advanced sales from Bolton Wanderers are still available via the phone lines & in person at Bolton Central until 12 noon on Saturday 4 May, subject to availability. After this time, no sales or refunds can be processed. 

Ticket Prices

Adults - £28
Over 65s - £22
Under 24s - £14
Under 18s - £12
Under 12s - £6

Official coach travel is available, costing £20 per person. All coaches will depart from University Of Bolton Stadium at 8:30am.

Supporters are reminded that they will need to ring Tyrers on 01257 480979 - Option 2 to book coach travel.

How To Buy

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

5. Opponent’s recent form

When looking to Forest’s current form, they have won their last two matches in the Sky Bet Championship.

Their previous home game was a 3-0 victory against Middlesbrough, with goals from Alexander Milosevic and a Joe Lolley brace securing the three points for Martin O’Neill’s men.

They currently sit eleventh in the division, with 63 points on the board so far.

When looking to their home record in the last five games, Rovers have come away with nine points from a possible 15, with three wins coming from those fixtures.

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Match Reports

Report: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

5 May 2019

Bolton Wanderers tasted a narrow defeat at the City Ground as they ended their 2018/19 Sky Bet Championship campaign with a 1-0 reverse to Nottingham Forest.

Joe Lolley’s first half opener proved to be the only goal of the contest but Phil Parkinsoni’s men can consider themselves unfortunate not to get a point for their efforts having created many chances throughout the 90 minutes.

Team News

Phil Parkinson made six changes to the team from Wanderers’ last outing against Blackburn Rovers. Remi Matthews returned between the posts while Jack Hobbs, Josh Magennis, Jonathan Grounds, Joe Pritchard and Will Buckley all came into the manager’s starting plans.

Among the substitutes were Jake Turner, Jack Earing, Chori Jonson and Ronan Darcy who if featured would be making their league debuts.

First Half

It was a bright start from the visitors who looked full of energy and they kept hold of possession really well during the early stages.

A smart move over on the right hand side saw O’Neil put in a good cross which just narrowly avoided the head of Magennis who was looking to power home.

At the other end, Hobbs, returning to his former club, hooked the ball off the line after Sam Byram’s knocked a cross from the right hand side into the dangiiper area.

Another good opportunity came for Wanderers when Buckley broke clear over and put in a cross for Noone, whose miss-hit fell into the path of Pritchard. The Wanderers’ youngster managed to get a shot in but saw his effort blocked.

Magennis tried his luck from 25 yards with a low but powerfully hit drive, but Luke Steele was able to make a save and deny the Northern Irishman.

Joe Lolley’s left footed curler from wide was comfortable saved by Matthews as Forest were looking to get a grip on the game.

But the wideman made no mistake on 28 minutes when he put the hosts in front with a low strike from just outside the penalty box.

Chances were few and far between for the remainder of the half.

Second Half

Wanderers won a corner early after the start with O’Neil swinging the ball into the box, but referee Oliver Langford blew up for a foul.

Another set-piece from the midfielder came to nothing after his deep free kick landed into the grateful arms of Steele ten minute later.

A smart move from Brockbank on the right flank presented fellow full-back Taylor with an opportunity to drive the ball goalwards. However, his fierce shot was deflected for a corner.

Connelly put a decent ball into the box which flummoxed the Forest defence, but Steele reacted well to get to the ball before Magennis could get a head on it.

Another chance from distance presented itself to Magennis, who struck the ball high over the bar from 28 yards.

Wanderers were having plenty of the ball and looking the more likely of both teams to score with Forest seemingly content with their narrow lead.

A rare foray into the Wanderers box saw Grabban with a good chance to double the home side’s lead, but Taylor got his body in front of the well struck effort and the ball was cleared away.

18 year-old Ronan Darcy was given his professional debut on 70 minutes when he came on for Craig Noone.

 Substitute Guedioura played a one-two with Carvalho and hit the ball goalwards but his effort lacked the power to trouble Matthews.

Another league debut was given to jack Earing who came on for fellow debutant Joe Pritchard on 77 minutes.

Wanderers were pressing for an equaliser and Hobbs had a shot on target blocked as the visitors threw men into the box.

The best chance of the afternoon fell to Magennis with just two minutes remaining when he got his head on the end of a superb O’Neil cross, but his effort lacked the power to trouble Steele who held on to the ball.

Bolton Wanderers: Matthews, Taylor, Buckley, Noone (Darcy 70), Hobbs (C), Connolly, O’Neil, Magennis, Grounds, Pritchard (Earing 77), Brockbank.

Subs not used: Turner, Little, Oztumer, Donaldson, Johnson

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Ticket News

Tickets now on open sale for Nottingham Forest clash

24 April 2019

Tickets for Wanderers final Sky Bet Championship game of the season against Nottingham Forest are now on open sale.

Phil Parkinson's men head to the City Ground to take on Martin O'Neill's Forest on Sunday 5 May in the Whites' final game of the 2018/19 season.

Ticket Prices

Adults - £28.00

Over 65s - £22.00

Under 24s - £14.00

Under 18s - £12.00

Under 12s - £6.00

Official coach travel is available, costing £20.00 per person.

All coaches will depart from University Of Bolton Stadium at 8:30am.

Supporters are reminded that they will need to ring Tyrers on 01257 480979 - Option 2 to book coach travel.

How To Buy

Online –

Phone – 0844 871 2932 (option 2 then option 1)

In Person – Visit Bolton Central

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