Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Nottingham Forest

  • May 05, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton host Nottingham Forest on the final day of the season, needing victory and results elsewhere to go their way if they are to avoid relegation to League One.

Defeat at Burton Albion last Saturday saw Wanderers drop into the bottom three for the first time since February, having lost six of their last seven games in a run of form that scarily mirrors that of earlier in the campaign - when they lost eight in succession without scoring a single goal.

Phil Parkinson's side had done remarkably well to recover from their poor start, bouncing back from a return of just two points from their opening 11 games, with success against Aston Villa prior to the most recent international break putting a six-point cushion between themselves and the drop.

It is somewhat of a mystery as to what has happened since that game but judgement day is upon the Trotters, who know they must perform against Forest if they are to avoid dropping into the third tier for the second time in three years.

Bolton have battled against relegation on the final day on multiple occasions previously, both successfully and unsuccessfully, while last season's final-day clash with Peterborough United that secured promotion to the Championship should provide the experience and motivation required to a number of players who remain from that afternoon.

Parkinson is expected to name an attacking side, but will be without the services of both Zach Clough and Tyler Walker who are ineligible under the terms of their loan deal from Forest.

That means Adam Le Fondre is likely to continue in attack despite a number of frustrating outings over the past month, while Connor Hall looks set to be involved - potentially as a substitute - after being left out of the under-23 squad that clinched the Professional Development League National Championship on Friday evening.

Darren Pratley and Karl Henry have failed to reach the heights they showed before Christmas, with one facing the axe in favour of a more forward-thinking option, which could leave the door open for either Josh Vela or Jem Karacan to make a return.

Filipe Morais, Sammy Ameobi, Craig Noone and Will Buckley could all come into contention, while changes could come at the back with Antonee Robinson and Mark Little on alert should Parkinson opt against the experience of both Andrew Taylor and Jon Flanagan in the full-back positions.

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, Le Fondre, Wilbraham, Hall

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Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
19 Rochdale 34 36
20 AFC Wimbledon 35 35
21 Tranmere Rovers 34 32
22 Southend United 35 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 34 14
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Who is Bolton's 2018/19 Player of the Year?
34.62% Gary O'Neil
19.38% David Wheater
18.92% Pawel Olkowski
9.27% Joe Williams
5.33% Jason Lowe
4.13% Sammy Ameobi
2.85% Josh Magennis
2.75% Mark Beevers
1.19% Jack Hobbs
1.01% Ben Alnwick
0.28% Andrew Taylor
0.28% Craig Noone