Charlton Athletic v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • October 21, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Neil Lennon will look to build on his victorious start to life as Bolton manager, when his side travel to Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night.

Lennon succeeded Dougie Freedman as Wanderers manager earlier this month and started his reign with a 1-0 win at Birmingham City on Saturday - bringing an end to a run of five straight defeats for the Trotters.

The weekend victory at St Andrew's lifted Bolton off the foot of the Championship table and another one at The Valley could potentially see them move out of the relegation zone, at the expense of Birmingham City, Brighton & Hove Albion or Wigan Athletic.

The Wanderers boss looks set to be boosted by the return of Mark Davies and Medo Kamara, who both sat out of the weekend trip to the Midlands.

Davies injured his knee in the 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth on October 4, but returned to full training on Monday and could be considered, while Kamara is back in contention after his exploits on international duty with Sierra Leone forced him to miss the club's previous outing.

Dean Moxey will be assessed ahead of kick-off, after taking a blow to the knee against Birmingham, so Tim Ream is on standby to return to the side at left-back - in what is expected to be an otherwise unchanged back four.

Dorian Dervite is likely to start at the heart of the Bolton defence, as he makes his first return to the club where he played his football between 2012 and 2014.

Liam Trotter came through 45 minutes for Wanderers' development squad on Monday night, but is highly unlikely to make the trip to the capital, while the likes of Adam Bogdan, Marc Tierney and David Wheater remain on the sidelines.

Charlton boss Bob Peeters will be without the services of leading goalscorer Igor Vetokele, after he suffered an Achilles injury in the weekend defeat at Bournemouth.

The Addicks' loss at the Goldsands Stadium was their first in 12 league outings this season, bringing an end to a run which had seen them occupy a play-off position.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Chris Solly are both doubtful, while Joe Gomez and Simon Church are definitely out with ankle and shoulder injuries, respectively.

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

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
2 Peterborough United 4 9
3 Portsmouth 4 8
4 Bolton Wanderers 4 8
5 Exeter City 4 7
6 Charlton Athletic 4 7
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