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Preview: Preston North End v Bolton Wanderers

31 August 2018

Bolton Wanderers take on Preston North End this Saturday in the Sky Bet Championship at Deepdale. With that in mind, bwfc.co.uk have picked out five talking points ahead of the fixture.

1. A moment to remember...

With a local derby against Preston North End this weekend to look forward to, it would be rude to not have a look back in the annals of Wanderers’ history and show the 2001 First Division Play-off Final.

Millennium Stadium in Cardiff was the scene and it was the Whites versus the Lilywhites for a place in the top flight of English football, with legends such as Nat Lofthouse and Sir Tom Finney in attendance as the Trotters ran out 3-0 winners.

There have been many memorable encounters between the Whites and their Preston counterparts down the years, with a selection of goals from those clashes available to watch on iFollow BWFC by CLICKING HERE.

2. Fresh faces at Deepdale

During the summer transfer window, North End have added a number of new signings to their club.

With Greg Cunningham leaving Deepdale to join Premier League side Cardiff City, Andrew Hughes was brought in from Peterborough United.

Hughes started his career at Newport County, where he spent eight years as a professional and made over a century of appearances.

He moved to Peterborough United in 2016, before Alex Neil came calling and promptly snapped the defender up on a three-year deal this past transfer window.

Although he will not be involved tomorrow due to picking up a red card in the Carabao Cup against Leeds United, Ryan Ledson joined the ranks from Oxford United for an undisclosed fee.

Capped all the way up to England Under 20 level, the tough tackling midfielder is a product of the Everton youth academy and made his first team debut for the Toffees in the UEFA Europa League against FC Krasnodar in December 2014.

Currently the club’s top goal scorer in all competitions for this season, Irishman Graham Burke joined from Shamrock Rovers.

Initially a product of Aston Villa’s development program, the 24-year-old found it difficult to break into the Villans first team, before moving to Notts County after a successful emergency loan with the Magpies in 2015.

The current Republic of Ireland international signed for his hometown club Shamrock Rovers in February 2017 and became the first Rovers player in over 25 years to score four goals in one game,

He scored 13 goals in the League of Ireland Premier Division in 2018, which was only bettered by Patrick Hoban of Dundalk.

Joining on loan from Manchester City meanwhile are duo Lukas Nmecha and Brandon Barker.

Both attacking threats, they have played in various youth levels for England in their career so far.

Each player already have accolades to their name also, as Barker was named Manchester City’s EDS Player of the Year for 2013/14.

Nmecha has honours at international level, winning the UEFA Under 19 European Championship and the 2018 Toulon Tournament with England.

3. Unbeaten on the road in the Sky Bet Championship

Wanderers have their third away league trip of the season coming up tomorrow, with an impressive away record to show off for this stage of the season.

Having played recently relegated West Bromwich Albion as well as Reading, Phil Parkinson’s men have taken six points out of six on their travels.

And with the international break on the horizon, the Whites will be looking to extend their unbeaten run at Deepdale on Saturday.

4. Pay on the day option

Bolton Wanderers supporters will be able to buy tickets on the day of the game for this Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash with Preston North End.

They will be able to purchase them from 1pm onwards, via debit/credit card or cash, at the Away Ticket Office ahead of the 3pm kick-off at Deepdale.

Wanderers supporters who have organised for their tickets to be sent to Deepdale for collection or those picking up duplicate requests will also need to head for the Away Ticket Office.

Advanced sales from Bolton Wanderers are no longer available via the phone lines or in person at Bolton Central, with no sales or refunds able to be processed.

Prices

Adults: £24
Over-65s: £16
Full-time students & apprentices (aged 22-24): £15
Under-22s: £15
Under-19s: £8
Under-11s: £2 (Must be accompanied by an over 18)

Official coach travel is available, costing £11 per person. Official bus travel is also available, costing £5 per person.

All coaches and buses depart from University Of Bolton Stadium at 12:45pm.

5. Opponents' current form

When looking at Preston’s start to the season, they currently sit 20th after five games.

With a victory against Queens Park Rangers on the opening day, Alex Neil’s side then faced a rough patch with only one point coming from their last four league games.

Having said that, the Lilywhites have been successful in the Carabao Cup with them dispatching of current Sky Bet Championship leaders Leeds United by two goals to nil in the second round in midweek, with goals coming from Daniel Johnson and loanee Brandon Barker.

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Match Reports

Report: Preston North End 2-2 Bolton Wanderers

1 September 2018

Bolton Wanderers drew 2-2 against Preston North End this afternoon, with goals coming from Sammy Ameobi and Pawel Olkowski at Deepdale.

PRE-MATCH

Manager Phil Parkinson made four changes from his starting line-up against Sheffield United, bringing in Andy Taylor and Gary O’Neil in place of Jonathan Grounds and Luke Murphy.

Additionally, Yanic Wildschut and Joe Williams came in for Will Buckley and Josh Vela.

FIRST HALF 

First chance of the game went Preston’s way with six minutes gone, as Graham Burke found a pocket of space on the edge of the Wanderers’ area, but his effort was poor and trickled wide.

Preston took the lead soon after, with an intercepted Yanic Wildschut pass finding the feet of North End’s Brandon Barker, who slotted in his striking partner Callum Robinson.

The forward rounded Ben Alnwick before calmly slotting the ball home.

The deficit doubled on 16 minutes with Paul Gallagher finding Irishman Alan Browne, who hit an impressive half volley from the edge of the area, leaving Alnwick no chance as it sailed into the top corner.

Gallagher had a speculative effort from distance just after the 20-minute mark, but his half volley attempt flew way over Alnwick’s crossbar.

Sammy Ameobi came close minutes after, with a run down the left-hand side to the byline ending in a low driven effort which had to be dealt with by Declan Rudd.

Chances came for Bolton, when a corner to the Whites found the head of skipper David Wheater, but he was unable to beat Rudd as he gathered the ball at the second attempt.

Lilywhites responded with a chance of their own, with combination play between Burke and Browne resulting in an effort on goal from Burke, whose driven strike whistled past the post. 

Bolton soon had a response through winger Ameobi, who picked up the ball with space to run into.

After sprinting infield, he unleashed a thunderbolt from 30 yards that deflected into the back of the Preston goal.

Wanderers had the bit between their teeth from then on in the first half, with an equaliser coming through an unlikely source in Pawel Olkowski.

The Polish right back latched onto a loose ball just inside the Preston penalty area and unleashed a mighty effort on goal which hit the underside of the bar and beat Declan Rudd’s outstretched arm.

SECOND HALF

After an exciting first period, the game took until the 67thminute for a chance to come.

That came in the form of Jason Lowe, who reacted fastest to a Gary O’Neil corner and fired goalwards but his strike was blocked well by Preston.

Ameobi came close soon after, as the ball fell to him in the area, but he couldn’t direct his shot towards Rudd’s goal. 

Preston began to ramp up the pressure, as a driven ball across the box found its way towards Robinson who only had Alnwick to beat, but he couldn’t get past the goalkeeper as he palmed the ball away from danger.

The Lilywhites kept on coming as Barkhuizen rolled the ball into Robinson had tested Alnwick, as he was forced into a diving save to clear the threat. 

Deep into added time and both sides had their chances, with Robinson once again trying to find the winner for Preston, but his effort was to no avail as referee Andy Davies ended proceedings.

After the final whistle, Ben Pearson was shown a red card after an altercation with Joe Williams.

FULL TIME

Wanderers XI: Alnwick, Taylor (Grounds 75), Lowe, Beevers, Ameobi, Olkowski, O’Neil, Williams, Magennis, Wildschut (Noone 60), Wheater (C)

Unused substitutes: Matthews, Vela, Oztumer, Donaldson, Hobbs

Attendance: 16,331 (4,144 visitors)

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Pay on the day confirmed for Preston North End

30 August 2018

Bolton Wanderers supporters will be able to buy tickets on the day of the game for this Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash with Preston North End.

They will be able to buy them from 1pm onwards, via debit/credit card or cash, at the Away Ticket Office ahead of the 3pm kick-off at Deepdale.

Wanderers supporters who have organised for their tickets to be sent to Deepdale for collection or those picking up duplicate requests will also need to head for the Away Ticket Office.

Advanced sales from Bolton Wanderers are still available via the phone lines and in person at Bolton Central until 2pm on Friday 31 August, after which time, no sales or refunds can be processed.

Prices

Adults: £24
Over-65s: £16
Full-time students & apprentices (aged 22-24): £15
Under-22s: £15
Under-19s: £8
Under-11s: £2 (Must be accompanied by an over 18)

Official coach travel is available, costing £11 per person. Official bus travel is also available, costing £5 per person.

All coaches and buses depart from University Of Bolton Stadium at 12:45pm.

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