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Preview: Rotherham United v Bolton Wanderers

19 October 2018

Bolton Wanderers take on Rotherham United at the AESSEAL New York Stadium this weekend in their first game back after the October international break.

With that being said, have picked out five talking points to take into the Sky Bet Championship away clash.

1. Squad Update

Ben Alnwick and Andrew Taylor are both back in contention this weekend after their respective injury lay-offs, while Sammy Ameobi is making good progress in his own rehabilitation.

Will Buckley meanwhile will return to training next week after leaving the field of play with an injury against Blackburn last time out.

2. Internationals Return

A selection of Wanderers players were invited to join up with their national sides during the past international break.

Target man Josh Magennis featured for Northern Ireland in both of their UEFA Nations League games against Austria and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Wanderers’ top goal scorer for the season played 79 minutes of the Austria match, before coming on as a substitute for Liam Boyce on 80 minutes against Bosnia.

Polish right back Pawel Olkowski joined up with the Eagles and was an unused substitute against Italy in their 1-0 defeat.

Stephen Duke-McKenna was named as a substitute for Guyana in their 8-0 victory over Turks & Caicos Islands, with Under-18s goalkeeper Callum James also named on the bench for Wales U19s versus Poland U19s.

3. The Opposing Boss

Following a playing career spanning 15 years with well over 450 appearances, Millers boss Paul Warne has a strong relationship to the South Yorkshire club.

Joining as a player in 1999, Warne spent a total of ten seasons in two stints with the side, making over 250 appearances for the Millers.

He was a pivotal part of the squad in the early 2000s that gained back to back promotions to the First Division under Ronnie Moore.

After finishing his career in 2012, Warne immediately joined the backroom staff before taking the permanent managerial role at the AESSEAL New York Stadium in January 2017 following the resignation of Kenny Jackett.

Last season, Warne guided his Rotherham side to the Sky Bet Championship via the play-offs. An extra time strike from captain Richard Wood secured their place in the second tier of English football for this season.

4. New Boys In Town

During the summer, Rotherham brought in a number of fresh faces to the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Billy Jones signed a two-year deal with the Millers, following his former club Sunderland getting relegated to Sky Bet League One.

A duo in the form of Clark Robertson and Kyle Vassell joined from Blackpool on free transfers on the opening day of the summer window.

Former Scotland Under-21 Robertson spent the majority of his career in his native Scotland with Aberdeen, before joining Blackpool in June 2015.

He was a key figure in their promotion to Sky Bet League One in 2016/17, being a constant member of the starting eleven under Gary Bowyer.

Northern Ireland international Vassell spent a large amount of his career in non-league football before joining Peterborough United in November 2013.

After moving to Blackpool in 2016 and enjoying a debut season promotion with the Tangerines and a fruitful goal scoring campaign in League One, the Millers came calling for Vassell’s services.

In the loan market, Zak Vyner was brought in from Bristol City, with midfielder Ryan Manning joining from fellow Sky Bet Championship club Queen Park Rangers.

5. Opponent’s Current Form

Looking at the past five games for Wanderers’ opponents at the weekend, Paul Warne’s side have picked up two points from those outings and sit 19th in the Sky Bet Championship.

Prior to the international break, the Millers suffered a defeat to Birmingham City 3-1 at St. Andrews.

Looking to their home form however, and Rotherham have lost only once this campaign at the AESSEAL New York Stadium - a statistic Wanderers will be looking to add to this weekend.

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Match Reports

Report: Rotherham United 1-1 Bolton Wanderers

20 October 2018

Christian Doid first goal in Wanderers colours earned his side a battling point against Rotherham United at the AESEAL New York Stadium.

The points appeared to be going to the home side when Will Vaulks’ long-range free-kick put Rotherham in front after Josh Magennis saw his penalty saved early in the second half.

But the Welshman came off the bench to show a cool head and finish smartly past Marek Rodek.

Team News

Phil Parkinson made five changes from the side that lost to Blackburn Rovers before the international break.

Clayton Donaldson was handed his first league start, while Lloyd Dyer made his full debut for the club.

Ben Alnwick returned to the line-up after recovering from the injury that sidelined him in recent weeks, while Gary O’Neil and Marc Wilson also regained their places.

The Wanderers manager opted to play three at the back and two up front.

First Half

Backed by a strong and vociferous travelling support of over 2,000 fans, Wanderers, wearing all black, got the game underway at the New York Stadium.

The found themselves defending an early corner and Semi Ajayii was guilty of missing a golden chance to test Alnwick when the big central defender could only glance his header wide.

Wanderers’ first sniff on goal came shortly afterwards when Josh Magennis got a looping header onto O’Neil’s free-kick but could only head just over Rodak’s bar.

The hosts responded immediately and Michael Smith hit a powerful shot which narrowly flew over the bar after shrugging off a couple of challenges.

Smith was looking hungry to break the deadlock and he headed straight into the arms of Alnwick after latching on to Taylor’s right sided cross.

Donaldson’s glancing header came off the foot of the post after he got on to O’Neil’s in-swinging cross, but the chance  wouldn’t have conted had it gone in due to the assistant referee’s flag signalling an offside infringement.

O’Neil’s set-pieces were proving to be somewhat problematic for the hosts to sufficiently deal with and Hobbs can count himself unlucky not to have seen his header off one such delivery go in after Donaldson was upended on the far side.

The visitors were now getting into their groove and containing the hosts whose early tempo was now being stymied.

Jason Lower was unlucky to have been cautioned for a foul on Ryan Williams. From the resulting free-kick, Alnwick was at full stretch to keep out a header.

Rotherham were buoyed by this and in their next attack, Taylor charged towards goal and hit a powerful effort that was deflected behind by Wheater.

The hosts were forced into making an early change with Jones being replaced by Vyner.

Wanderers also had to make an enforced change on 34 minutes with O’Neil limping off. Josh Vela came on to replace the midfielder.

Despite both sides creating several half chances, the half drew to a goalless close.

Second Half

Within two minutes of the restart, Wanderers were awarded a penalty after Magennis was hauled down by Wood in the box after the striker outsmarted the defender.

But Rodak produced a stunning save, diving at full stretch to his left-hand side, to thwart Magennis from the spot.

The Millers responded to their reprieve and took the lead before the hour mark through Vaulks’ free-kick which was powerfully struck and directed low through the wall beyond Alnwick.

It could have been two moments later but for Alnwick making a smart close range block off Williams.

Wanderers best chance of getting back into the game appeared to be from a set-piece and Wheater saw a header cleared off the line after getting on the end of a corner.

The Millers made another substitution with Joe Newell coming on for Kyle Vassell.

Parkinson made a double attacking change for Wanderers with Christian Doidge and Yanic Wildschutt replacing Dyer and Williams.

A post prevented Wanderers from going two-down after Michael Smith’s stunning right footed curler from distance rebounded off the woodwork with Alnwick beaten.

But Doidge got his first goal for the club since his switch from Forest Green with six minutes remaining with a tidy finish from distance to spark wild scenes in the away end. 

Full Time

Bolton Wanderers: Alnwick, Lowe, Donaldson, Hobbs, Olkowski, Wilson, O’Neil (Vela 34'), J Williams (Doidge 66'), Dyer (Wildschut 66'), Magennis, Wheater (C)

Subs Not Used: Matthews, Taylor, Beevers, Noone

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Ticket News

Rotherham United tickets only available via collection

17 October 2018

Tickets are now only available for collection at Bolton Central for Wanderers’ Sky Bet Championship fixture away to Rotherham United on Saturday 20 October.

Bolton Wanderers have received the full allocation of 2,310 tickets for the Whites’ trip to the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Tickets are now only available to Bolton Wanderers supporters in person at Bolton Central or via the phone lines until 2pm on Friday 19 October, subject to availability.

Ticket Prices

  • Adults: £23
  • Adult Disabled: £13
  • Over-60s: £13
  • Under-22s: £13
  • Armed Forces Personnel: £13 (in person sales only)
  • Under-18s - £8
  • Under-13s - £6

Official coach travel is still available, costing £18 per person. All coaches depart from University Of Bolton Stadium at 11am.

How To Buy

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

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