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Preview: Bolton Wanderers v Nottingham Forest

24 October 2018

Bolton Wanderers take on Nottingham Forest in the Sky Bet Championship this evening. With that being said, have picked out five talking points to take into this clash

1. Squad Update

When speaking to on Tuesday morning, assistant manager Steve Parkin gave an update on the team prior to Wednesday’s game against Nottingham Forest.

When asked about the state of the squad, Parkin said: “Gary O’Neil is out with a calf strain that he sustained at the weekend and won’t be fit.”

“Will Buckley has trained with the first team for a couple of days and we’ll assess him later.

“Everyone else is fit and well and has trained well in the last couple of days.”

2. Aitor Karanka

Entering his first full season as Forest boss, Karanka joined the Nottinghamshire club in January 2018, following on from Mark Warburton.

Looking back at his playing career, the defender is a three time winner of the UEFA Champions League, along with a Spanish La Liga title in 2000/01.

The former Spanish international called time on his playing career in 2006, moving into a coaching role with the Spanish U16 national team two years after.

Following roles as assistant manager at Real Madrid and manager of Middlesbrough, he took the reins at the City Ground.

Karanka’s last visit to the University of Bolton Stadium was certainly an eventful one, as Wanderers stayed in the Sky Bet Championship on the last day with a 3-2 victory over the Reds.

3. New faces at the City Ground

With a new season comes new signings and Nottingham Forest are no exception, as take you through a selection of the Reds new arrivals.

Joao Carvalho joined on a permanent basis from Benfica for a reported fee of £13.2 million and has two goals and three assists to his name for Forest this Sky Bet Championship season.

The Portuguese Under-21 international spent his entire youth career at the Eagles, before having a short spell at Vitoria Setubal in 2017.

Fellow Portuguese youth international Tobias Figueiredo was signed on a permanent deal, after having a successful loan spell towards the end of the 2017/18 season.

The centre-back won various accolades during his time at former club Sporting CP, including a Taca de Portugal (F.A Cup) trophy in 2014/15, along with a Taca da Liga (Portuguese League Cup) in 2017/18.

Fellow Portuguese men Gil Dias and Diogo Goncalves have been brought in on loan from Monaco and Benfica respectively.

Forward Lewis Grabban signed from Bournemouth on a permanent deal in July 2018 and has set the stage alight since arriving.

He is the current top goal scorer for the Reds this season, with six goals in the Sky Bet Championship and an assist.

4. Game to remember

Let's set the scene. Wanderers rely on other results to avoid relegation from the Sky Bet Championship, as well as a must win game against Nottingham Forest.

At 85 minutes, the Whites were 3-1 down and looking certain for the drop… Step forward David Wheater and Aaron Wilbraham.

To relive the experience once again, see the link below:

5. Opposition’s current form

In Aitor Karanka’s last five league games, they have picked up eight points.

When looking towards the Reds away form, they have won one of their seven away clashes so far this year.

Having said that, they have only lost one game on their travels to Brentford, with the remaining four games ending in draws.

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Match Reports

Report: Bolton Wanderers 0-3 Nottingham Forest

24 October 2018

Bolton Wanderers were defeated 3-0 by Nottingham Forest in the Sky Bet Championship on Wednesday evening.

Team News

Manager Phil Parkinson made five changes to the line-up that started at Rotherham United.

Mark Little and Josh Vela both came in to replace Pawel Olkowski and Gary O’Neil, with Craig Noone, Yanic Wildschut and Andrew Taylor coming in for Marc Wilson, Clayton Donaldson and Lloyd Dyer.

First Half

Five minutes in and Yanic Wildschut had the first chance on goal for Wanderers, as his long range effort flew inches away from the target.

Moments later and Forest took the lead through Joe Lolley, as the forward curled his effort into the top right corner from 15 yards.

With only minutes of the first period remaining, Lolley stung the gloves of Ben Alnwick at his near post with a fierce shot from close range.

Second Half

Wanderers came out with some menace early on, with a Joe Williams whipped cross into the area narrowly missing the intended targets on Clayton Donaldson and Craig Noone.

Forest were awarded a penalty when Mark Little had been adjudged to have brought down Lewis Grabban in the penalty area.

Forest top scorer’s penalty was then saved by Ben Alnwick fantastically well, getting down to his left and palming it for a corner.

Aitor Karanka’s men doubled their lead just after the hour mark, as Lewis Grabban latched onto a through ball and ultimately dispatched it past an onrushing Alnwick.

The Whites went on the search for a goal, with a Noone free-kick finding the head of Josh Magennis, but the Northern Irishman was unable to put his effort on target.

Second half substitute Matty Cash nearly provided Lewis Grabban with Forest’s third, but the winger’s ball across goal was just out of reach for the forward.

Joe Williams had an effort at goal with thirteen minutes to spare in the second period, but his powerful strike on goal finished just over the crossbar.

Cash played another great cross field ball to Grabban to set away the marksman, but David Wheater was back to block the danger.

With eight minutes to spare, Alnwick was believed to have fouled Lewis Grabban in the area, as he ultimately scored from 12 yards to extend Forest’s lead to three.

Full Time

Wanderers XI: Alnwick, Little, Taylor (Doidge 85), Lowe (Oztumer 69), Vela, Noone, Hobbs, Williams, Magennis, Wildschut (Donaldson 45), Wheater (C).

Unused substitutes: Matthews, Murphy, Wilson, Dyer

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Ticket News

Free concessionary season card holder upgrades are available for Nottingham Forest midweek fixture

22 October 2018

Concessionary season card holders wishing to upgrade their tickets for Wanderers’ Sky Bet Championship clash with Nottingham Forest 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 Wednesday’s clash with The Reds.

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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