Bolton Wanderers v Bournemouth - Preview

  • October 04, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton begin life after Dougie Freedman on Saturday, as attentions turn back to the field with a home game against Bournemouth.

Freedman's two-year reign as Wanderers manager was brought to an end on the eve of the game, with Wednesday's 4-0 defeat at Fulham proving to be the Scot's last of 99 games in charge of the club.

Andy Hughes and Lee Turner have been handed responsibility of first-team duties until a successor is appointed and their first job will be to help guide the Trotters off the bottom of the Championship table - where they dropped on Friday, following Blackpool's 1-0 victory over Cardiff City.

A number of players previously omitted by Freedman could come back into contention, with the likes of Jermaine Beckford, Robert Hall and Josh Vela all hoping for a second chance, although injuries in key positions are likely to restrict the number of changes to few.

Joe Mason, Mark Davies and Lee Chung-Yong will all be hoping to earn recalls, after dropping to the bench at Craven Cottage, while Medo Kamara could come back to play alongside Jay Spearing in midfield.

Chris Herd may start at right-back, with concerns over the fitness of Kevin McNaughton, while Tim Ream could come back at the expense of Dean Moxey on the opposite side of the defence.

Max Clayton had looked set to earn a place on the bench, although that decision now rests in the hands of a new management team.

Wanderers remain without the services of Adam Bogdan, Marc Tierney, David Wheater, Liam Trotter and Sanmi Odelusi, who are all injured.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe will make a late decision over who to play in goal, with Lee Camp set to miss the game through suspension after receiving a red card in their midweek defeat at Derby County.

Artur Boruc is the Cherries' first-choice goalkeeper, but has been fighting off an illness, so there could be a surprise recall for either Darryl Flahavan or Benjamin Buchel.

Ryan Fraser and Tokelo Rantie are both available after recent injuries.

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

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