Bolton Wanderers v Brentford - Preview

  • October 24, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will play their first home fixture under the stewardship of Neil Lennon on Saturday, when Brentford are the visitors to Macron Stadium.

Lennon was appointed Wanderers manager two weeks ago and has overseen two away games during his brief time in charge, which yielded a win at Birmingham City and a defeat at Charlton Athletic.

Coupled with results elsewhere, Bolton could move out of the Championship's relegation zone with victory over the Bees, but, to do so, they must improve on a home record that has seen them pick up just five points from a possible 18.

The Wanderers boss will make a late judgement on the fitness of Joe Mason, who missed the midweek defeat at The Valley with a hamstring injury, while Liam Trotter is expected to return to the squad after recovering from a similar injury.

Trotter hasn't featured since the League Cup 2nd round victory at Crewe Alexandra in August, but came through 45 minutes for the club's development squad at the start of the week and is in contention for a place on the substitutes' bench.

The former Millwall midfielder could come in at the expense of Mark Davies, who continues to struggle with a knee injury - despite featuring at Charlton earlier in the week.

Jay Spearing will make his 100th appearance, if, as expected, he starts the game, while Jermaine Beckford is just two shy of reaching a half-century of his own.

Adam Bogdan could return to training next week, after missing the last two months with a fractured finger, while David Wheater and Marc Tierney are also closing in on returns of their own.

Brentford boss Mark Warburton will be without the services of Sam Saunders for their trip north, despite the winger's recent return to first-team training.

Saunders hasn't played since January because of a knee problem and looks set to be joined on the sidelines by both Stuart Dallas and Tommy Smith - who have outside chances of making the bench.

James Tarkowski is back in the squad after missing the midweek draw with Sheffield Wednesday through suspension, but he is unlikely to disrupt the central defensive partnership of Harlee Dean and Tony Craig.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Kenny, Lonergan, Fitzsimons, 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

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