Middlesbrough v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • October 27, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Jimmy Phillips will take charge of Bolton for the final time on Saturday, when they face Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

Phillips has been in interim charge of the Wanderers since Owen Coyle was sacked on October 9th and have overseen a win and a draw from his two games so far.

They travel to the Riverside, however, to face a team who currently occupy 3rd position in the Championship, having won their last three games.

New boss Dougie Freedman will be in the stands, so his new recruits will be doing all they can to impress their next manager, whilst also sending Phillips out in style, against the club he played for in the 1990s.

Phillips has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the trip to the north east, but he will once again be left with inexperienced backup to Adam Bogdan in goal, with Andy Lonergan ruled out for six weeks with a knee injury.

Lonergan's absence means Jay Lynch is likely to provide the backup to Bogdan, who is expected to have recovered from a slight knock he picked up in Tuesday's draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Matt Mills suffered a slight hamstring strain at Molineux, but he too is also expected to play, having recovered sufficiently enough over the course of the week.

Benik Afobe was replaced at half time in the same game, but Phillips later confirmed the change was tactical, with the on-loan Arsenal forward showing no signs of injury.

Zat Knight has been out of favour since the temporary management was brought in, so Tim Ream is likely to partner Mills at the heart of the Wanderers defence, with Stephen Warnock and Tyrone Mears filling the full back roles.

Martin Petrov's return to form should see him start on the left of midfield, with Jay Spearing providing the defensive cover that will allow Mark Davies and Chris Eagles occupy free roles behind Kevin Davies and either Afobe or David Ngog, who are both competing for a starting role.

Former Middlesbrough defender David Wheater remains a long-term injury absentee, as does Stuart Holden and Josh Vela.

Tony Mowbray celebrated his second anniversary as Boro boss on Friday and he will be looking to celebrate in style, with his side targeting a place in the automatic promotion places.

He will be boosted by the return of Jonathan Woodgate, who missed Tuesday's win over Hull City with muscle stiffness he picked up last weekend.

Justin Hoyte and Merouane Zemmama have both recovered from hamstring injuries, but there will be no place for the likes of Kevin Thomson, Luke Williams, Lukas Jutkiewicz, Muzzy Carayol and Curtis Main.

Rhys Williams, reportedly a one-time Wanderers transfer target, is also on the sidelines, having sustained an ankle ligament injury.

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, 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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