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Match Previews

Match Preview: Bolton Wanderers vs. Cardiff City

The Bluebirds hit the road as they head to Macron Stadium…

22 December 2017

Cardiff City travel to the North West on Saturday afternoon as they take on Bolton Wanderers, looking to build on their 1-0 victory over Hull City.

The Trotters host their second match in a row, and haven’t won in their last two fixtures. Defeats away at Nottingham Forest and most recently at home to Burton Albion have seen Phil Parkinson’s side drop to 23rd in the Sky Bet Championship table.

What to expect from the Trotters…

Having seen victory in just three of their 22 matches in this campaign, Bolton have the joint least number of wins alongside fellow strugglers Sunderland. 31 points separate the Bluebirds from Saturday’s opponents, who had only lost once in seven games before their 3-2 defeat against Forest a fortnight ago.

During that seven-match run, the Trotters secured those three impressive wins over Norwich City, Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday – seeing them move within just two points from safety.

Striker Gary Madine has been one of Bolton’s more consistent players, scoring six goals. The former Sheffield Wednesday striker has also set up his teammates on four occasions in the 23 appearances he has made in the league, and cup this season.

Filipe Morais is another who has been utilised by Phil Parkinson, having made 17 appearances thus far. The Portuguese winger has been with the Trotters since February – and was one of their standout players in their promotion success with 13 assists, the fourth highest in League One, despite having only joined midway through the season.

In the hot seat…

Parkinson started his management career in 2003, the same year he retired from playing. Taking the reins at Colchester United, the 50 year-old directed the U’s to safety – eventually finishing in mid-table.

He was also the fifth longest serving manager in English football following the conclusion of the 2015/16 with Bradford City, having been at the helm for almost five years.

However in 2016, he took over at Bolton following their relegation to League One, and managed to secure promotion back to the Championship at the first attempt.

Previous meetings…

The Bluebirds are unbeaten in their last two fixtures against Saturday’s opponents – winning 3-2 and 2-1. A sublime 80th minute volley from Anthony Pilkington was enough to defeat the Trotters in the last fixture at the Macron Stadium.

Kenneth Zohore and Peter Whittingham were the saviours for City in the mast meeting at CCS, with Whitts scoring a 90th minute penalty to complete the comeback after Zach Clough had given Bolton an early lead.

Club connections…

The Trotters currently have five ex-Bluebirds in their current squad. Andrew Taylor, Adam le Fondre, Craig Noone, Sammy Ameobi and Mark Howard are all on the books at the Lancashire club and have made a combined 66 appearances.

Other players to play for both clubs include club legend Kevin McNaughton, Joe Mason, Liam Feeney and Danny Ward.

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Match Reports

Report: Bolton Wanderers 2-0 Cardiff City

23 December 2017

The Bluebirds suffered their first defeat in seven Sky Bet Championship games, at the Macron Stadium. Gary Madine and Josh Vela on the scoresheet for Bolton Wanderers on a tough afternoon for Neil Warnock's side.

It was a tentative start from both teams with only long shots threatening to test Neil Etheridge and Ben Alnwick in-between the nets during the opening twenty minutes. Former City loanee Sammy Ameobi and Mark Little tried their luck only to both fire wide while Joe Ralls’ shot after fifteen minutes looked destined for the goal, only for a last ditch touch from a Bolton defender to deny the in-form midfielder.

The main talking point of the first half came after 28 minutes when Junior Hoilett slotted in at close range following a melee in the penalty area. The Bluebirds began celebrating this effort but after taking time to consider, the assistant referee raised his flag for offside. A tight decision that impacted on the match.

Few chances followed in the opening period following this incident with the battle in midfield dominating the match.

The second half began with the Bluebirds on the front foot. Efforts from Holiett & Nathaniel Mendez-Laing were denied by defensive blocks after the restart while Sol Bamba did superbly to throw himself in front of a powerful effort from David Wheater after 64 minutes.

A huge positive for the injury-ravaged Bluebirds came on 66 minutes as Kenneth Zohore made his return to first team action after two-and-a-half months out.

Refereeing decisions dominated this tough game - and Darren Bond made a crucial call on 74 minutes, penalising Bamba for handball inside the penalty box. Bolton forward Gary Madine made no mistake from the spot, firing beyond Etheridge to give his side the lead.

Despite their efforts to find an equaliser, City were caught out and conceded a second goal with two minutes remaining. A quick counter from the hosts allowed Josh Vela to sweep in unopposed to secure the win for Bolton Wanderers.

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Ticket News

Away Days - Ticket News: Bolton Wanderers vs. Cardiff City

3 December 2017

Saturday, 23rd December 2017 at the Macron Stadium. KO: 3pm

Tickets available to current Season Ticket Holders and current Gold Members.

General Seating
Ticket Prices:
Adults: £30.00
Over 65: £24.00
U23: £24.00
Armed Forces (MOD90 card): £20.00
U18: £10.00
U12: £8.00

Disabled Allocation
Ticket Prices:
Adults: £26.00
Over 65 / Under 23 / Armed Forces (MOD90 card): £20.00
U18: £10.00
U12: £8.00

Additional Information:
All concessions must show identification to gain entry to the stadium. Away tickets for this match will not be sold at the Macron Stadium - please purchase before travelling.

Tickets on sale:

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