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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Swindon Town v Bolton Wanderers

6 October 2016

bwfc.co.uk previews Wanderers' weekend trip to The County Ground

Wanderers travel to Swindon Town on Saturday looking to build on their midweek Checkatrade Victory over Blackpool. As the Whites make their first visit to The County Ground since October 1999, bwfc.co.uk highlights five talking points ahead of this weekend's game.



1. 1pm kick-off
Wanderers fans are reminded that Saturday's game at The County Ground kicks off at 1pm as opposed to a standard 3pm kick off time. 

While some may struggle with an even earlier start ahead of the 352-mile round-trip from Macron Stadium, if the Whites can come out on top against Swindon Town, it will no doubt make the long journey more than worthwhile to the travelling Bolton fans!

2. The winless run is over
Previously without a win from their last eight outings, and without a goal from their last four, the Trotters managed to end their recent blip in midweek as they beat Blackpool 1-0 in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Having voiced the important of returning to winning ways, Wanderers will be eager to quickly push on in the league as they look to kick-start their campaign against the Robins.

3. Sammy Ameobi off the mark
Match-winner in midweek against Blackpool, Sammy Ameobi enjoyed his most consistent performance to date for the Whites since his deadline day loan move from Newcastle United.

Firing Bolton into the lead with his first goal for the Club in the fourth minute, the forward's efforts in his preferred position on the left saw him named man of the match by the Trotters' supporters after the final whistle.

Pleased with his performance against the Seasiders, Ameobi stressed in midweek how he is hungry for more of the same this coming weekend. Swindon Town, be warned!

4. Zach Clough is getting sharper
Enduring a frustrating start to the campaign because of injury, Phil Parkinson has made sure to ease forward Zach Clough back into the first team mix in recent weeks.

Following a number of substitute appearances, the 21-year-old has started both of Wanderers' last two outings as he steps up his own recovery.

Unfortunate not to score in midweek against Blackpool as he continues chase his first goal of the campaign, he has shown signs of his sharpness returning in recent weeks.

And having impressed in pre-season before being struck down by injury, could Clough's season be about to burst into life?

5. International break
It's the international break, and while the Whites' status in Sky Bet League One ensures they are in action this weekend, a couple of their rivals are not.

Currently sitting eighth in the table, only Peterborough United and Bury will take to the field before Bolton's match against Swindon starts on Saturday.

Around the league, Bristol Rovers and Sheffield United both have the weekend off, Port Vale don't play until Sunday while league leaders Scunthorpe United host Northampton Town at 3pm.

If results go their way, the Trotters could climb up to fourth on Saturday as they look to make up ground on the current pace-setters. Come on Wanderers, you know what to do!


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