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

24 March 2017

bwfc.co.uk previews Wanderers’ upcoming trip to New Meadow

As Wanderers prepare to travel to 20th place Shrewsbury Town, bwfc.co.uk highlights five talking points ahead of the Whites’ next Sky Bet League One fixture.


1. An unbeaten March

Avoiding defeat this weekend would mean Bolton have navigated the month of March without defeat. It would be only the second time this season Phil Parkinson's men have managed this achievement having come through the month of August without a Sky Bet League One defeat.

Starting the month with a draw against AFC Wimbledon, the Wanderers then overcame Fleetwood, Gillingham, Northampton and most recently, Oxford United.

Scoring 15 goals and conceding six, it's been a memorable month for the travelling White Army. Let's hope that continues at Shrewsbury.

2. Four away wins on the bounce

Bolton fans have travelled far and wide this season and recently, they've been rewarded for their travels.

The 4-2 scoreline on Tuesday night ensured Parkinson's side became the first Wanderers team to score four goals or more in three consecutive away games. Before this run, Bolton had scored four goals in four of the previous 189 games.

The goal that secured the victory, scored by Josh Vela meant the midfielder became the first academy graduate to reach 10 goals since Kevin Nolan who found the net 11 times back in the 2005/06 season.

3. Injuries 

There is, unfortunately, some bad news for Bolton this weekend, this comes in the shape of injuries to Darren Pratley, Jay Spearing, Mark Beevers and Adam Le Fondre.

All four have played their role in helping the Trotters maintain their promotion push, however, they all came away from Oxford with injuries leaving them a doubt for this weekend. 

Rotation will be called upon this weekend to ensure we come back to BL6 with all three points.

4. Filipe Morais

Filipe Morais has more league goals and assists in 2017 than the likes of Neymar, Benzema, Muller and Ozil. The makeshift wingback has certainly hit the ground running after joining the Club in early February.

The former Bradford man has registered nine assists in a Bolton shirt, a number that puts him fourth on the overall tally for Sky Bet League One.

His two goals have also proved important with his first, the winner against Northampton, while his second put us on our way to victory against Oxford United.

Can Filipe contribute towards yet another goal? We certainly hope so.

5. Another outstanding away following

Bolton Wanderers fans deserve a huge amount of credit for the support they've shown the lads this season.

Even manager Phil Parkinson has praised the incredible away support you've provided this season, citing after both the Gillingham and Oxford trips how highly valued your support is.

You continue to go above the call of duty and this weekend sold out the allocation for Shrewsbury meaning the lads will be backed by 1,500 supporters.

Thank you, from the players and staff.



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