Bolton Wanderers v Doncaster Rovers - Preview

  • December 07, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton host Doncaster Rovers on Saturday afternoon, in the first league meeting between the two sides since May 1987.

The clubs last met in an FA Cup fixture at the Keepmoat Stadium, in January 2007, when Wanderers ran out comfortable 4-0 winners, but a lot of water has passed under the bridge since they met in a Division Three fixture more than 26 years ago.

Wanderers go into the game on the back of successive defeats - against Middlesbrough and Huddersfield Town - while Rovers followed up last weekend's win over Queens Park Rangers with a midweek draw at Birmingham City.

Trotters boss Dougie Freedman will hand a first start to on-loan Cardiff City forward Joe Mason at the Reebok Stadium. Mason has made two brief substitute appearances so far, but will start against Donny - potentially in the place of Jermaine Beckford or Andre Moritz.

Alex Baptiste could return, after missing Tuesday's defeat to the Terriers, with Tim Ream, Zat Knight, Kevin McNaughton and Matt Mills all hoping to keep their places ahead of him. Mills, who is expected to feature, could line-up against his former club.

Chris Eagles is available again after missing the last game with a groin strain, but Wanderers will have to wait a little longer before calling upon Mark Davies and Josh Vela - who both came through 65 minutes of a behind-closed-doors friendly against Rochdale on Wednesday.

Adam Bogdan, Marc Tierney, Stuart Holden and Joe Riley are also on the sidelines, but Freedman has no fresh injury doubts ahead of the game.

Doncaster boss Paul Dickov looks set to be without the services of Ritchie Wellens for his side's first ever visit to the Reebok. Wellens was forced off in the midweek draw at Birmingham, with a back injury meaning he is doubtful to make the trip.

Chris Brown is closing in on a return to fitness after struggling with an ankle injury, but Saturday's game is likely to come too soon. Also missing for the visitors are Rob Jones (neck), Reece Wabara (toe), James Husband (shoulder), Yun Suk-Young (ankle), Paul Keegan (hamstring) and Harry Forrester (torn quad).

David Cotterill could start after scoring at St Andrew's in midweek, with Theo Robinson an on-loan Manchester United forward Federico Macheda also hoping to get the nod.

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

Referee: Richard Clark
Venue: Reebok Stadium
Kick-Off: 15:00

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19 Bolton Wanderers 1 0
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