Derby County v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • February 06, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton must put their FA Cup departure behind them on Saturday, when they return to Championship action with a difficult trip to Derby County.

Three days on from their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Liverpool, the Wanderers players must refocus and get themselves prepared for a game against a Rams side who trail league leaders Bournemouth by virtue of an inferior goal difference.

Neil Lennon's side were heavily beaten at Rotherham United after their initial FA Cup tie at Anfield and the Bolton boss will be hoping to avoid a repeat performance after seeing a number of his players run themselves into the ground on Wednesday evening.

With a number of names ineligible to feature against the Reds, Lennon will be able to call upon his new recruits for the trip to the iPro Stadium and has confirmed Adam Le Fondre will feature.

Le Fondre's inclusion is likely to see Matt Mills revert back to his more familiar defensive role, although the performances of David Wheater and Dorian Dervite last time out will leave Lennon with a difficult decision to make regarding his selection - although Mills is suffering from a minor knee complaint.

Neil Danns will miss the game through suspension, after his sending off against Liverpool, so Barry Bannan and Simeon Slavchev will come into contention for starting roles. Darren Pratley is on the sidelines, so they, along with fellow new signings Rochinha and Filip Twardzik, will all be hoping to partner Josh Vela in midfield.

Craig Davies and Emile Heskey remain sidelined with hamstring problems, leaving Eidur Gudjohnsen and Zach Clough fighting it out to partner Le Fondre in attack.

Derby boss Steve McClaren will be able to name Jake Buxton in his squad at the weekend, despite seeing the central defender come off with an ankle injury in last Saturday's win at Cardiff City.

Tom Ince and Jesse Lingard should be involved, after completing loan moves from Hull City and Manchester United, respectively, while Raul Albentosa is closing in on a return from a hamstring problem.

George Thorn will be unavailable, however, as he continues his road to recovery from a serious knee injury.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Amos, Lonergan, Fitzsimons, McNaughton, Moxey, Mills, Ream, Dervite, Wheater, Taylor, Threlkeld, Sellers, Matthews, Feeney, Hall, Trotter, Rochinha, Vela, Hughes, Twardzik, Bannan, Lester, Woodland, Slavchev, Walker, Le Fondre, Gudjohnsen, Eaves, Clough, Iliev, Knight

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