Team News: Northampton Town v Bolton Wanderers

  • November 26, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton make their first-ever visit to Sixfields Stadium on Saturday, when they come up against Northampton Town.

Opened in October 1994, Sixfields will host the first league meeting between the sides since February 1990 - when goals from Julian Darby and Steve Thompson gave Wanderers a 2-0 win at the old County Ground.

Beaten in their last away fixture, Phil Parkinson's side have since responded with back-to-back victories on home soil and will once again look to force their way into the automatic promotion places when they make the journey into Northamptonshire.

Bolton could be boosted by the return of Liam Trotter, who sat out the midweek win over Coventry City through suspension. Trotter had been nursing a slight injury and would have missed that game in any case, but should be fit enough for a place amongst the substitutes.

Tom Thorpe came into the side during Trotter's absence and is expected to retain his place alongside Jay Spearing in midfield, while Derik Osede is set to continue in defence as David Wheater remains sidelined with a back injury.

Max Clayton is back in first-team contention and continues in his quest to play league football for the first time in 12 months, but Wanderers remain without the services of Mark Howard (thumb), Darren Pratley (leg) and Mark Davies (knee).

Northampton have doubts over the fitness of both Sam Hoskins and Lewin Nyatanga ahead of Bolton's visit, after both picked up injuries during the week.

Hoskins was forced off the field during Tuesday's defeat at Bradford City with a back spasm and will be assessed ahead of kick-off, while Nyatanga is also a doubt after suffering an Achilles problem in training the previous day.

Zander Diamond is unavailable after undergoing surgery on a fractured cheekbone, but there will be a place for a familiar figure as Matt Taylor comes up against his former club.

Taylor represented Wanderers between 2008 and 2011, during which he scored 23 goals in 139 appearances, prior to completing a transfer to West Ham United.

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

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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