Middlesbrough v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • February 24, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton travel to Championship title contenders Middlesbrough on Tuesday night, looking to put an end to their recent dismal away record.

Saturday's defeat at Nottingham Forest marked the third successive away game that Wanderers had conceded four goals, a sequence of results they hadn't seen since September 1990.

A repeat performance from their current leaky defence would provide manager Neil Lennon with another unwanted statistic, as the last time the Trotters conceded four or more goals in four straight away games was more than 60 years ago - between May and September 1950.

The Wanderers boss will be forced into making at least three changes to his backline for the trip to the Riverside Stadium, with Andy Lonergan and Tim Ream out injured and captain Matt Mills unavailable through suspension.

Lonergan and Ream were stretchered off the field at the City Ground on Saturday, but could be back in action at the weekend after scans allayed fears of serious injury, while Mills will sit out after picking up two yellow cards in the same game.

Filip Twardzik began at left back against Forest but is doubtful with a back injury, so Dean Moxey could be handed a starting role despite attracting criticism from Lennon last time out.

David Wheater looks set to partner Dorian Dervite at the heart of defence, as he prepares to face his former club, while Niall Maher could win a place on the bench after returning from a loan spell at Blackpool.

With Lonergan and Adam Bogdan both unavailable, Ben Amos will make his first start since joining on loan from Manchester United on transfer deadline day with Ross Fitzsimons being named as a substitute.

Josh Vela or Liam Feeney look likely to start at right back, although Lennon could hand a recall to Kevin McNaughton after four months without a first-team game.

Simeon Slavchev, Rochinha and Saidy Janko will all be looking to win a place on the teamsheet, but one man who won't make the game is Craig Davies after he was ruled out for at least another week due to ongoing hamstring issues.

Eidur Gudjohnsen could be given the captain's armband, as the former Barcelona forward prepares to link up with Adam Le Fondre in attack, while Emile Heskey and Zach Clough are likely to be rested and potentially used as impact players from the bench.

As well as the aforementioned absentees of Lonergan, Bogdan, Ream, Mills, Twardzik and Craig Davies, Wanderers will also be without Mark Davies, Darren Pratley, Max Clayton, Liam Trotter and Marc Tierney.

Boro boss Aitor Karanka could recall Dimi Konstantopoulos for the visit of Bolton, after he missed their weekend defeat to Leeds United through suspension, with Tomas Mejias likely to drop back to the bench.

Ryan Fredericks is back in contention after recovering from an ankle injury, while Mustapha Carayol is back in full training after missing the better part of a year with cruciate ligament damage.

Jelle Vossen is a major doubt after suffering from concussion last time out, so Kike and Patrick Bamford look set to lead the line as the hosts look to end the night on top of the Championship table.

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

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