Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Port Vale

  • October 28, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton could equal a 104-year-old club record on Saturday, when they play host to Port Vale at Macron Stadium.

After five successive victories without conceding a goal, Wanderers have moved back into the League One automatic promotion places and start the weekend just three points behind leaders Scunthorpe United.

Three points in their latest encounter, alongside a sixth successive clean sheet, would match the achievements of the Trotters side that provided the only previous instance of such statistics between March and April 1912.

Should they finish the match with both sequences intact, Phil Parkinson's side will be just one match shy of the club's all-time clean sheet record of seven matches in-a-row, which was set between March and April 1900.

Signs of fatigue continue to be monitored amongst the Bolton squad, but Parkinson is expected to choose from the same players he had available for Monday's televised win at Bury, as he looks to guide his club to the top of the table ahead of a two-week break from league action.

All eyes will be on Zach Clough after his exploits at Gigg Lane, in which he won and converted two penalties to secure the points, and he is expected to continue alongside Gary Madine in attack.

Keshi Anderson featured for the development squad as were beaten by Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, as did fellow first-teamers Lewis Buxton, Dorian Dervite, Chris Taylor and Max Clayton.

The latter is unlikely to be involved as he continues his comeback from knee surgery, but the others are all in contention for places amongst the substitutes as Parkinson looks to name an unchanged team.

Dean Moxey is back in training following a groin injury but looks set to miss out, while Tom Thorpe (ankle), Darren Pratley (broken leg) and Mark Davies (knee) remain sidelined.

Vale boss Bruno Ribeiro has been dealt a major blow, with news that midfielder Sam Foley will be unavailable until the New Year after suffering an ankle injury which requires surgery.

Quentin Pereira came in for Foley last time out and could continue at Macron Stadium, where former Premier League winger Jerome Thomas could also feature at a venue familiar to him from earlier in his career.

Ben Purkiss is on standby should Calvin MacIntosh fail to prove his fitness, a situation Martin Paterson also finds himself in, but there will be no place for Vale's on-loan leading goalscorer Alex Jones, who is out with a knee problem.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Alnwick, Howard, Turner, Buxton, Dervite, Beevers, Osede, A Taylor, Wilson, Wheater, Vela, C Taylor, Spearing, Trotter, Ameobi, Henry, Perry, Proctor, Clough, Anderson, Madine

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Accrington Stanley 0 0
2 Barnsley 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
5 Burton Albion 0 0
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