Millwall V Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • October 06, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton travel to Millwall on Saturday afternoon, with Wanderers boss Owen Coyle desperate to ease the pressure by taking all three points.

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Coyle has come under increasing scrutiny from Trotters supporters following the club's poor start to the season and many believe anything but victory at The Den will signal the end of his near three-year reign at the Reebok Stadium.

Bolton have a couple of injury doubts ahead of the game, with decisions on the fitness of David Ngog and Martin Petrov likely to be left until the last minute.

Ngog missed the midweek draw with Leeds United with a tight hamstring, while Petrov is a doubt after jarring his back in training later in the week.

Marcos Alonso has failed to recover from the injury he picked up at Sheffield Wednesday a fortnight ago, while Stuart Holden, David Wheater and Josh Vela remain long-term injury absentees with knee injuries.

Kevin Davies spent time on loan at Millwall a decade ago and he is expected to start on his first return to the club, after scoring a brace against Leeds.

Benik Afobe partnered Davies in attack on Tuesday night and may be in line to do so again, with Ngog doubtful and Marvin Sordell likely to be on the bench.

Chris Eagles, Keith Andrews, Jay Spearing and Mark Davies have been Coyle's preferred midfield quartet for recent games, but Lee Chung-Yong will be hopeful of earning a recall to the starting line-up.

Stephen Warnock, Zat Knight, Matt Mills and Tyrone Mears are all expected to continue in defence, with Adam Bogdan in goal.

Millwall boss Kenny Jackett looks set to start with Chris Wood and Darius Henderson in attack, forcing Andy Keogh to settle for a place on the bench.

Lions captain Paul Robinson will miss the game with a pelvic injury and with Karleigh Osborne and Shane Lowry both out of the game, Danny Shittu is in contention to start against his former club.

Shittu made 12 appearances for Bolton between 2008 and 2010, but failed to hold down a regular first team place at the Reebok, with Gary Cahill and Zat Knight keeping him out of the team.

Jake Goodman could partner Shittu in defence, although Tamika Mkandawire could start for the first time this season, despite being a natural midfield player.

Liam Feeney is out with an ankle injury, while John Marquis will also miss the game, with a groin problem expected to keep him on the sidelines until Christmas.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Lonergan, Lynch, Mears, Mills, Ream, Knight, Warnock, Ricketts, Riley, McKee, McQuade, Eagles, Andrews, Petrov, Wylde, M Davies, Spearing, Pratley, Chung-Yong, Blakeman, Ngog, K Davies, Afobe, Sordell, O'Halloran, Sampson, Odelusi

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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12 Cheltenham Town 19 27
13 Bolton Wanderers 20 26
14 Accrington Stanley 19 24
15 Charlton Athletic 20 23
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