Bolton Wanderers V Bristol City - Preview

  • October 20, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton host Bristol City on Saturday afternoon in their first game since Owen Coyle was sacked as manager.

Coyle left the club on October 9th, three days after defeat at Millwall signalled the end of his time as Wanderers boss.

Jimmy Phillips, Sammy Lee and Julian Darby have all made the step up from their academy roles to take temporary charge of the first team and they will all have the chance to put forward a case for a permanent role, beginning with Saturday's fixture.

The interim trio will be able to choose from the same squad as Coyle's last game, with the exception of second choice goalkeeper Andy Lonergan, who has been ruled out with a knee injury.

Jay Lynch will fill the void left by Lonergan on the bench, but who will be joining him is somewhat of a mystery with the new management picking the team for the first time.

Lee Chung-Yong, Marvin Sordell, Sam Ricketts, Keith Andrews and Adam Bogdan all reported back from international duty with a clean bill of health and all five are in contention for starting roles.

Bogdan and Andrews have featured in every league game so far this season, while Chung-Yong, Ricketts and Sordell have all found themselves on the bench in recent weeks.

The most likely to earn a recall is Ricketts, with Tyrone Mears and Stephen Warnock both under pressure in the full-back positions.

Zat Knight and Matt Mills had been the preferred central defensive partnership, but Ricketts also has experience of playing in the middle, while Tim Ream will also be hoping to play for the first time since September 1st.

Chung-Yong is a player who many home supporters will be hoping to see, but after travelling to Iran earlier in the week, the South Korea international may have to settle for a place on the bench.

Martin Petrov could earn a recall in midfield, with Andrews, Jay Spearing, Mark Davies and Chris Eagles all under pressure to perform.

Kevin Davies is expected to captain the side in attack, with Sordell, David Ngog and Benik Afobe all hoping to get the nod to join him.

Wanderers remain without the long-term injury absentees of Stuart Holden, David Wheater and Josh Vela, who all join Lonergan on the sidelines.

Bristol City boss Derek McInnes may decide to call upon the services of Joe Bryan, with the midfielder now fully recovered from concussion.

Stephen McManus recently joined the club on loan from Middlesbrough and he looks set to be handed a second debut in defence, having represented the club in another loan spell last season.

Marvin Elliott will be handed a late fitness test on a groin problem, but there will be no place for either Greg Cunningham or Neil Kilkenny, who are missing with ankle and hamstring injuries, respectively.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Lynch, Mears, Alonso, 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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