PREVIEW | Bolton -v- Wednesday

PREVIEW | Bolton -v- Wednesday

Wednesday head over to Bolton for this League Cup 2nd Round tie.

Victory at Fulham has kick-started our season.

A resolute away performance in which several individuals shone helped create a fantastic away day for the travelling Wednesdayites.

Craven Cottage was an unlikely destination for a first win.

Having ridden their luck before the break, The Owls tightened up in the second half and controlled the game.

The winner came from Steven Fletcher following great work from Barry Bannan and a well placed Adam Reach cross.

Bannan has been excellent since the Preston defeat and was man of the match here, while Gary Hooper and David Jones enjoyed good afternoons.

Bolton are one of the few remaining winless teams in the Championship, and fell to defeat against Derby County at the weekend.

Phil Parkinson took Wanderers to promotion in his first season, a good achievement with the ongoing threat of financial oblivion hanging over the club.

Their financial woes have hit the news again this week. Sports Shield BWFC, owned by former player Dean Holdsworth, has been wound up this week over an unpaid loan.

This leaves Holdsworth’s 37.5% stake in the club resting in the hands of the liquidator.

Back on the pitch, a changed Bolton side sneaked past Crewe by the odd goal in three in the first round.

Wednesday enjoyed a training session victory over Chesterfield at Hillsborough, running out 4-1 victors.

 

 

Last game Opposition Result Shots On target Corners Cards Fouls Possession
WEDNESDAY Fulham (A) W 1-0 8 3 3 0 11 45%
BOLTON Derby (H) L 1-2 7 1 3 2 11 52%

 

Wednesday’s approach in the Sunderland and Fulham games has been much more energetic, creative and enjoyable to watch.

Taking four points from those games will encourage Carlos Carvalhal, whose critics were rising in number after a couple of poor league results.

Excellent form

“I was very calm even when we were not winning games.

“There’s expectations and pressure here but I believe we will achieve our results.”

Individual form will also please the Head Coach, with Barry Bannan’s upturn in form a joy to behold.

Daniel Pudil has adjusted to centre-back well, while Adam Reach, Steven Fletcher and Gary Hooper have also enjoyed a good couple of games.

Bolton have lost both their home games this season, the most recent of which coming at the weekend against Derby.

The home side could have been three or four down by half-time, and offered very little threat in the second period.

Their only shot on target came in the form of a Gary Madine consolation in the 92nd minute.

Parkinson: much to ponder

Phil Parkinson was concerned about the lacklustre nature of his side’s defending on Saturday.

“You can talk about Derby’s movement but the goals were soft from our point of view. Both we should have avoided and we gave ourselves a mountain to climb against a good side.

“The first one came from a throw-in and if you look at the footage and think in five seconds it was going to end up in the back of our net you wouldn’t believe it.”

Both sides are set to make changes for this game, with Parkinson nodding to the fringe players he used at Crewe in Round One.

Joe Wildsmith will continue in goal for Wednesday. Morgan Fox and Liam Palmer need minutes at full-back.

With Lucas Joao scoring twice for the U23s on Monday, he looks set to miss out. Jordan Rhodes should start, perhaps alongside Atdhe Nuhiu who came on at Fulham.

George Hirst was absent from the U23 squad, and could make his first bench appearance of the season.

 

 

LAST 5 Fulham (A) Sunderland (H) QPR (H) Chesterfield (H) PNE (A)
WEDNESDAY W 1-0 D 1-1 D 1-1 W 4-1 L 0-1

 

LAST 5  Derby (H) Birmingham (A) Millwall (A) Crewe (A) Leeds (H)
BOLTON L 1-2 D 0-0 D 1-1 W 2-1 L 2-3

 

HEAD 2 HEAD WEDNESDAY WINS BOLTON WINS DRAWS
  52 27 39

 

 

LAST MEETING

 

12 January 2016, Hillsborough, Att: 20, 757

Wednesday 3-2 Bolton

Forestieri 14′, Hooper 52′ and 77′

 

Wednesday kept in touch with the leading pack with victory over Bolton.

That… was a goal

Fernando Forestieri added another to his first season collection with a lovely team goal to give Wednesday the lead.

Lovely build up play including Kieran Lee, Gary Hooper and Atdhe Nuhiu started the move; Fernando cut inside from the left and lashed the ball home from 25 yards.

Gary Madine scored on his return to Hillsborough, somewhat fortuitously knocking the ball in after Wellington Silva missed his kick.

Gary Hooper scored his second Wednesday goal to restore the advantage.

Nuhiu again started the move that fed Daniel Pudil, whose cross was turned home by Hooper.

David Wheater restored parity for Bolton with a looping header, before Hooper beat the giant defender to the ball and lashed home to make it 3-2.

Hooper would add a further two goals to his tally in Wednesday’s next Hillsborough bow; as The Owls beat Leeds 2-0.

 

 

CARVALHAL’S COHORTS

 

Carlos will be making some changes, some out of necessity and some in the name of increasing fitness.

With a two week international lay off following the weekend’s fixtures, many first teamers will be included as Wednesday look to build momentum after our first victory.

Will Phil Parkinson promising a changed Bolton eleven, tonight will be a good opportunity to make the third round and potentially draw another big fixture.

Hutchinson, Loovens and Abdi will miss out due to injuries, Morgan Fox and Liam Palmer are likely to start on the flanks. Will Carlos go to his trusted 4-4-2 or the diamond that has been so effective this season?

Saturday came too early for Fernando Venancio to be registered. He could come in and make an immediate debut here after one training session, but it seems unlikely.

Will George Hirst be included in the squad?

WILDSMITH

PALMER

LEES

PUDIL

FOX

WALLACE

JONES

BANNAN

REACH

WINNALL

RHODES

 

 

KEY PLAYERS

 

Beevers and Rhodes; check the facials

JORDAN RHODES – Dropped for consecutive games, the lad needs a goal and quickly. He did almost everything right against QPR and Sunderland, when he came on.

He must be wondering where everything is going wrong.

Hopefully tonight, against a slightly changed defeat, one of those chances can hit the back of the net.

MARK BEEVERS – Alongside Madine and Will Buckley as former Wednesdayites in the Trotters’ ranks.

Beevers, 27, is about to achieve ten years as a professional having played exclusively in the second and third tiers.

Although he never lived up the “£20m back four” billing, he has certainly made himself a competent, no-nonsense defender at this level, equally adept at dealing with strikers of a physical stature, or pacey forwards intent on getting in behind.

He will have a tough night against Wednesday’s changed front-line.

 

 

 

THE BETTING BOX: 5 OF THE BEST

 

BET Wednesday WIN Bolton WIN DRAW
Rhodes FGS/Wednesday 2-0 BTTS Yes
BEST ODDS 11/10 29/10 5/2 40-1 Evens
BOOKIES

 

HUGH’S VERDICT:

Wednesday are hardly free-scoring but suddenly look like they know what post-code the Bolton goal could be in.

With little change to the side that beat Fulham, the side will have a fluency and confidence from Saturday.

Now would be the perfect time to start a little winning run, or at the very least continue the unbeaten streak.

Wednesday can utilise a cup run to develop confidence, fitness, and maintain squad happiness. Bolton, meanwhile, with a smaller squad, need the fewest distractions possible from their League campaign.

VERDICT: 2-0 Wendesday. Our four or five changes should be enough to topple Bolton’s second string.

Hugh
Owls Alive
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