Team News: Barnsley v Bolton Wanderers

  • April 14, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's resolve to remain in the Championship will be severely tested on Saturday, when they travel across the Pennines for a relegation six-pointer against Barnsley.

Going into the game on the back of four consecutive defeats, Wanderers will drop into the bottom three for the first time since January if they are beaten at Oakwell, while victory for the first time in a month will see them move five points clear of the Tykes with only three matches left to play.

Recent history is on the side of the Trotters, who have remained unbeaten in their last 12 league games against Barnsley - dating back to August 1997 - although manager Phil Parkinson is winless in his seven previous encounters against the Yorkshire side (D4 L3).

Tuesday's 2-0 home loss at the hands of Millwall left Parkinson scratching his head at what has suddenly gone wrong, whilst also admitting he is holding out for a hero as Bolton desperately look to get themselves over the finishing line.

Adam Le Fondre's purple patch in March may have ended but the Wanderers boss intends to stand by the forward, after this week admitting under-23 starlet Connor Hall is too similar to the veteran frontman and is unlikely to be considered for selection.

Darren Pratley continues to be monitored after having injections on a nerve problem in his previously injured leg, but there will be no place for Jan Kirchhoff as he remains sidelined with a hamstring problem.

Karl Henry appears to have overcome a hamstring complaint of his own and should start in midfield, leaving Jeff King in a similar predicament to the aforementioned Hall.

Chinedu Obasi is also unavailable due to a groin injury, but attacking options are available in the shape of Zach Clough, Aaron Wilbraham and Tyler Walker.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Alnwick, Howard, Little, A Taylor, Dervite, Beevers, Flanagan, Robinson, Osede, Darby, Wheater, Burke, Vela, Karacan, Ameobi, Buckley, Noone, Charsley, Pratley, Morais, Henry, King, Le Fondre, Wilbraham, Walker, Hall, Clough, Obasi

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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19 Reading 43 43
20 Bolton Wanderers 43 40
21 Birmingham City 43 40
22 Barnsley 42 38
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