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Match Preview: Cardiff City vs. Bolton Wanderers

City return to the Welsh capital for the first of successive home matches...

12 February 2018

Cardiff City host Sky Bet Championship strugglers Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday evening (KO: 7:45pm).

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Bolton make the trip to Cardiff City Stadium after salvaging a point against play-off hopefuls Fulham on Saturday afternoon.

What to expect from the Trotters…

The beginning of February has been kind to Phil Parkinson’s side, who have gained four points from tough fixtures against Bristol City and Fulham.

The Trotters are currently hovering two points above the relegation zone in 19th place – winning just seven of their 30 matches thus far. However, they have only lost once since the turn of the year in a 2-0 defeat against Brentford at Griffin Park.

A former Bluebird currently tops the goal scoring charts at Macron Stadium. Sammy Ameobi has four goals to his name to date, including an impressive strike which recently edged Bolton past Bristol City.

Zach Clough re-signed on loan at the end of the January transfer window, and Bolton fans will be hoping he can show the same form he did in his first spell with the club, scoring 21 goals in 58 matches.

In the hot seat…

Following the conclusion of his playing career, Parkinson took over at Colchester United in 2003 when they were destined for relegation, directing them to safety following his arrival in February.

He then spent three more years with the U’s before stints with Hull City and Charlton. 2011 saw his longest and most successful reign, as he spent five years with Bradford City which included masterminding a 4-2 Emirates FA Cup win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

He eventually joined Bolton in June 2016 upon their relegation to League One, guiding them straight back to the Championship in the 2016/17 campaign.

Previous meetings…

The last meeting between the two sides at CCS came in April 2016, with goals from Peter Whittingham and Kenneth Zohore completing a comeback for the Bluebirds in a 2-1 victory.

Delving back into the archives, City went on a seven-game unbeaten streak against Tuesday’s opponents. Five league fixtures and two FA Cup ties saw the Bluebirds register five wins and two draws in a five-year period between 1968 and 1973.

Club connections…

Deadline day signing Gary Madine spent three years with the Trotters, scoring 26 goals during his time with the Manchester club before making the move to South Wales.

A number of ex-Bluebirds are also currently plying their trade for Wanderers, with Ameobi, Adam le Fondre, Craig Noone and Andrew Taylor all on the books.

Other players to sport City and Bolton colours during their careers include Liam Feeney, Danny Ward, Joe Mason and ‘keeper Ben Amos.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Cardiff City 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

Sean Morrison nets in his 150th outing as the Bluebirds win at home...

13 February 2018

Cardiff City defeated Bolton Wanderers 2-0 at Cardiff City Stadium to go level on points with third-place Derby County in the Sky Bet Championship.

Neil Warnock made four changes to the side that drew with Millwall last time out, with Lee Peltier, Kenneth Zohore, Jamie Ward, and Armand Traoré coming into the starting eleven.

The Bluebirds’ first opportunity came after six minutes, when Callum Paterson had a cheeky, left-footed attempt on goal from the right flank, which Ben Alnwick gathered.

City came close to breaking the deadlock eight minutes later, when Paterson produced a long-throw that Sean Morrison connected with at the back post. Although, Alnwick acrobatically dived to his right to parry wide of goal, and keep the hosts out.

The Bluebirds had another excellent opportunity after 19 minutes. Zohore utilised his strength to hold the ball up in central midfield, before threading a ball through the opposition defence, to send Yanic Wildschut through on goal. However, the ‘keeper rushed off his line, closed the Dutchman down, and denied the Bluebirds an early lead.

Neil Warnock’s men opened the scoring after 34 minutes, with Traoré converting on his home debut. A deflection in the area saw the ball fall to the left-back, who curled a left-footed effort into the right corner from a tight angle.

City almost scored another in quick succession, as Joe Ralls delivered a corner into the six-yard box, and Marko Grujić leapt to head just over - the Serbian international coming close to scoring his first City goal.

After 41 minutes, Zohore sent Wildschut through the Wanderers’ defensive line again. The winger sped down the right before cutting inside the covering defender. The 26-year-old directed a pass towards Paterson on the edge of the area, and the Scotsman smashed a first-time effort agonisingly wide of the right post.

The home side doubled their lead three minutes later, with Morrison scoring on his 150th City appearance. Wildschut won possession, before laying it off for Ralls, and he delivered a high cross for the skipper, who powerfully headed on target. Alnwick parried the first attempt back to him, and the 27-year-old made sure with the follow-up.

After the interval, the Bluebirds came out firing again, and won a free-kick just outside the left edge of the area. Hoilett whipped the set-piece high across the face of goal, and Ecuele Manga met it at the back post, heading onto the crossbar.

City continued to dominate play, although no real opportunities came their way until the 70th minute. Ralls found space in central midfield, and strode forward before shooting from around 25-yards, forcing Alnwick to dive to his left, and make the save.

Two minutes later, Grujić came close to adding a third. The 21-year-old produced a high, curling effort that went agonisingly wide of the right post. That was just before Ralls’ free-kick found its way to Hoilett at the backpost, and his strong strike was pushed over the crossbar by the ‘keeper.

As the game entered its final eight minutes, Hoilett craftily stole the ball and rounded Alnwick on the left flank, before his effort was cleared off the line by a covering defender.

The Bluebirds remained resilient for the remaining minutes, and secured a comfortable home victory over the Trotters. The three points mean that City go level on points with third-place Derby County, whilst also possessing a game in hand.

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Peltier, Morrison, Ecuele Manga, Ralls, Zohore (Pilkington 84’), Paterson, Grujic, J. Ward (Wildschut 13’), Traore, Hoilett (Bamba 87’). Subs not used: Murphy, Bennett, Feeney, Damour.

Bolton Wanderers: Alnwick, Dervite, Beevers, Vela, Le Fondre, Ameobi (Walker 86’), Robinson, Osede (Clough 68’), Morais, Henry, Burke (Wheater 46’). Subs not used: Howard, Little, Taylor, Karacan.

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