Blackpool v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • October 01, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton travel to Blackpool on Tuesday night, looking to put an end to a run of three heavy away defeats and pick up their first league win of the season.

Wanderers travel to Bloomfield Road on the back of a 1-1 draw with Yeovil Town on Saturday but Dougie Freedman's side have been beaten 3-0, 4-1 and 3-1 in their last three away league outings, a run that desperately needs bringing to a halt.

The Trotters moved off the bottom of the Championship table as a result of their weekend draw, but a return of just four points from their opening nine league games has Freedman under a huge amount of pressure and supporters will be hoping to claim an unexpected three points from their trip to the seaside.

Bolton will be forced into one change from the game against Yeovil, with news emerging on Monday that left-back Marc Tierney is expected to miss the rest of the calendar year with a broken bone in his foot. The full extent of the problem isn't yet known, with Wanderers awaiting results from a specialist before putting a timeframe on his return.

Tierney's absence could open the door for Kevin McNaughton to make his debut for the club, after he signed on a 28-day loan deal from Cardiff City last week. Capped four times by Scotland, McNaughton missed out at the weekend as he failed to receive international clearance to play. That clearance hadn't come through on Monday evening, although the club hope to have all the necessary documentation completed in time for him to feature at Bloomfield Road.

Should McNaughton miss out once again, Alex Baptiste could move to left-back as he faces his former club for the first time since leaving for Wanderers in the summer. Tim Ream could provide an alternative solution, which would likely see Zat Knight earn a recall alongside Matt Mills at the heart of the defence.

Jay Spearing should be fit to play, despite needing multiple stitches to an eye wound against Yeovil, and he is likely to link-up with Medo Kamara in the defensive midfield positions. Chris Eagles, Lee Chung-Yong and Robert Hall will all be hoping to retain their places, but Liam Feeney could make his first start after impressing as a substitute at the weekend.

David Ngog and Jermaine Beckford have been told to start producing goals by Freedman, with at least one of the out-of-sorts forwards set to start. Craig Davies is returning to fitness after a month on the sidelines with a toe injury, but a place on the bench will be the best he can hope for at this moment in time.

A horrendous error from Adam Bogdan handed Yeovil a goal last time out, but the Hungary international is expected to retain his place as he looks to bounce back and prove why he is ahead of Andy Lonergan in the Bolton goalkeeping department.

As well as the aforementioned Tierney, Wanderers remain without long-term absentees Stuart Holden, Mark Davies, Andre Moritz and Joe Riley. Josh Vela is also a doubt, due to a troublesome knee complaint.

Blackpool go into the game on the back of a three-match winless run and manager Paul Ince will be without the services of Angel Martinez, who was sent off in Friday night's 1-1 draw at Huddersfield Town.

Martinez received two yellow cards at the John Smith's Stadium and will miss the visit of the Trotters, while veteran midfielder Barry Ferguson is unlikely to feature as he recovers from an ankle injury. Former Bolton midfielder Chris Basham looks set to start against his ex-employers.

Bob Harris is unavailable because of a shoulder problem but Ince has no further selection problems ahead of the game, where a win could see his side move up to 2nd in the Championship table.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Lonergan, Lynch, Mears, Mills, Ream, Knight, Baptiste, Wheater, White, Bolger, Threlkeld, McNaughton, Spearing, Eagles, Hall, Danns, Pratley, Feeney, Chung-Yong, Gregus, Lester, Woodland, Kellett, Kamara, Ngog, Beckford, C Davies, O'Halloran, Wilkinson, Odelusi, Clough, Youngs

Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Venue: Bloomfield Road
Kick-Off: 20:00

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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8 Oxford United 46 76
9 Bolton Wanderers 46 73
10 Portsmouth 46 73
11 Ipswich Town 46 70
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