Bolton Wanderers v Rotherham United - Preview

  • September 16, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Rotherham United make their first ever trip to Macron Stadium on Tuesday, as they face a Bolton side still looking for their first league win of the season.

Six games into the new campaign, Wanderers find themselves in the Championship's bottom three, one point above bottom-placed Fulham, with their record showing as two draws and four defeats.

Rotherham, meanwhile, have made a steady start to the season after back-to-back promotions brought them back to the second tier for the first time in a decade.

Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman is facing increasing pressure from supporters but appears to retain the confidence of his superiors, who look set to back him by allowing the signings of Max Clayton and Paddy Kenny ahead of the game.

Clayton looks set to join the Trotters in a £300,000 transfer from Crewe Alexandra, while Kenny is on the verge of signing a short-term deal to provide cover for Andy Lonergan during Adam Bogdan's absence.

Bogdan was a notable absentee from the weekend draw with Sheffield Wednesday and looks set to miss up to two months of action with a fractured finger. Ross Fitzsimons is the club's only other senior goalkeeper, but Kenny is likely to take a place on the bench should a deal be concluded in time.

Medo Kamara could return to the starting line-up, after his exploits during the international break cost him a place against the Owls, but Owen Garvan will be hoping to build on a solid debut performance after joining on loan from Crystal Palace.

Kevin McNaughton remains doubtful through illness, so Bolton could field the same defence that kept a clean sheet on Saturday - with Dean Moxey, Tim Ream, Matt Mills and Dorian Dervite providing the protection for Lonergan's goal.

Mark Davies' fitness will be assessed ahead of the game and, if the Wanderers coaching staff are satisfied with his progress, he could start just behind a lone forward - most likely to be in the form of Joe Mason, although Craig Davies and Jermaine Beckford will also be hoping to start.

Other than the aforementioned absentees of Bogdan and McNaughton, Bolton will be without Liam Trotter (hamstring), David Wheater (back), Marc Tierney (broken leg) and Sanmi Odelusi (knee).

Rotherham boss Steve Evans looks set to be without the injured Richard Wood for their trip to Lancashire, as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.

Conor Newton and John Swift both missed the weekend draw at Bournemouth but could return to the side, but there will be no places for the injured duo of Rob Milsom and Mark Bradley.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Lonergan, Fitzsimons, Moxey, Mills, Ream, Dervite, White, Taylor, Threlkeld, Maher, Sellers, Matthews, Spearing, Feeney, Hall, M Davies, Danns, Garvan, Pratley, Vela, Hughes, Chung-Yong, Lester, Woodland, Kellett, Kamara, Bastos, Mason, Beckford, C Davies, Eaves, Clough, Youngs, Iliev, Knight

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