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Match Preview: Bolton v Pompey

Everything you need to know about League One clash

17 January 2020

Bolton Wanderers v Pompey

After sorting out their myriad of off-field issues, Bolton are now trying to get things right on the pitch.

Pompey fans can certainly empathise with what they were going through over the summer, when there appeared a real threat that another League One side could be expelled from the EFL.

Wanderers were, thankfully, taken over, but hit with a 12-point penalty and forced to build a squad from scratch.

So it comes as no surprise that they are propping up the rest of the division with half of their fixtures still to play.

There was a further points deduction hanging over the club following their failure to fulfil a couple of games over the past two seasons.

But an arbitration panel suspended their sentence and the EFL – who said the decision was too lenient – failed in an appeal.

It means that Keith Hill’s men can fully concentrate on trying to bridge the daunting 17-point gap between them and safety.

They have failed to win any of their past five fixtures, however, and go into Saturday’s contest on the back of a three-match losing run.

Pompey have not travelled to Bolton since a Premier League clash in April 2010, when Aruna Dindane’s brace saw the visitors battle from behind to snatch a point.

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Fixture News

Kenny's Injury Update: Bolton (A)

16 January 2020

Winger Ryan Williams is available for selection again after missing the past five matches with a groin injury.

Jack Whatmough is also in contention after playing 90 minutes for the reserves earlier in the week, while Brett Pitman has recovered from illness.

Lee Brown (Achilles), Ross McCrorie (hamstring) and Bryn Morris (groin) are all still absent for the Blues.

Bolton could hand a debut to Brandon Fleming following the defender’s loan arrival from Hull for the remainder of the season.

Jason Lowe is also available after completing a three-match ban, but Yoan Zouma (hamstring) misses out.

Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Ellis Harrison or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

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Pompey: 34 wins
Bolton: 42 wins
22 draws

At Bolton
Pompey: 9 wins
Bolton: 32 wins
7 draws

Pompey fans can secure tickets online here or by visiting the Anson Road ticket office until 3pm today.

There will be no sales to away supporters on the day of the game. Click here for more information.

Referee: Tom Nield
Assistants: Matthew Smith and Craig Taylor
Fourth Official: Graeme Fyvie

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 2pm on Saturday.

Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch the action and commentary will begin from around 10 minutes before kick-off.

Click here for more information about using iFollow on a matchday and click here for information on downloading the app, so you can access content on your mobile device.

We will have updates throughout the game on Twitter and the match centre. You can also see behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram story.

There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Sunday.

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

Pompey are the 8/13 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 17/4.

Click here to read our full betting guide and visit to earn money for the club when you place a bet. Please gamble responsibly.

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Tranmere v Ipswich
Wycombe v Rochdale


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Match Reports

Bolton 0 Pompey 1

Burgess strikes to secure all three points

18 January 2020

Christian Burgess celebrates scoring for Pompey at Bolton
Photo: Daniel Chesterton

Christian Burgess scored his first goal of the season to earn Pompey a hard-fought win at struggling Bolton.

The centre-back was quickest to the ball after Sean Raggett’s effort had been saved late in the first half.

League One’s basement club offered a stern challenge after the interval, but the Blues held on to give their large travelling army cause to celebrate.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that beat AFC Wimbledon on home soil the previous week.

John Marquis was rewarded for netting in three successive games by replacing Andy Cannon in the number 10 role.

The first half was not a thrilling affair, with both sides failing to make the most of promising situations.

Ethan Hamilton fired into the side netting for the hosts, while Raggett was unable to get on the end of a Ronan Curtis free-kick at the other end.

The visitors won a host of corners – many of them delivered by Steve Seddon – but none of them led to anything.

Curtis had the first decent opportunity midway through the first half, with an opportunistic long-range effort that had enough bend to trouble Remi Matthews in the opposition goal.

There was a scare at the other end when Raggett fouled Joe Dodoo as the striker tried to race through on goal.

Home fans and players were baying for a red card, but thankfully for the defender, referee Tom Nield only brandished a yellow one.

That perhaps led to a sense of injustice among the Wanderers faithful, who began appealing for everything.

Ellis Harrison seemed to be the main focus of their ire and there were demands for a red card when Toto Nisala went down – despite the defender being inadvertently tripped by his own keeper.

Nsiala was then called into action to make a timely block on Curtis’ shot after Marcus Harness had pulled the ball back into the box.

But Pompey did take the lead just before the interval, with three members of their back-line playing a key role in the goal.

Seddon whipped in a free-kick from the right and Raggett’s header was pushed clear by Matthews, only for BURGESS to follow up and lash the ball home.

Half Time: Bolton 0 Pompey 1

The hosts looked much stronger once the action restarted and Dodoo headed narrowly over from a free-kick.

Dennis Politic’s fierce drive was then beaten away by Alex Bass, with Raggett on hand to nod the loose ball behind.

Pompey were struggling to keep their revived opponents at bay, forcing Jackett into a double switch just before the hour mark.

Harrison and Harness were the men withdrawn, with Cannon and a fit-again Ryan Williams on to replace them.

The latter was involved in a quick Blues break soon after, only to then lose possession and see Bolton launch forward.

Ronan Darcy sent in a cross that was turned towards goal by the lively Dodoo, but Chris O’Grady somehow failed to score from just a couple of yards out.

Pompey tried to threaten themselves and began to see more of the ball, without really troubling Matthews.

The keeper did struggle with another dangerous Seddon corner, although the danger eventually passed.

Bolton kept searching for an equaliser and Bass comfortably kept out Politic’s effort, while Josh Emmanuel fired over from outside the box.

Their best chance came on 83 minutes, with Bass getting down low to his left to push clear a low drive from Politic that was heading for the bottom corner.

But the Blues survived a nervy finale – including four minutes of added time – to celebrate a valuable away victory.

Bolton (4-1-2-1-2): Matthews; Emmanuel, Nsiala, Edwards (O’Grady 46), Fleming; Murphy; Hamilton, Lowe (c); Darcy (Hall 89); Dodoo, Politic
Booked: Edwards, Dodoo
Subs not used: Alexander, Senior, Brockbank, Graham, Thomason

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Seddon; McGeehan, Naylor (c); Harness (Williams 56), Marquis, Curtis; Harrison (Cannon 56)
Goals: Burgess 42
Booked: Raggett, Harrison
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Whatmough, Haunstrup, Close, Hawkins

Referee: Tom Nield

Attendance: 13,407 (1,846 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Bolton (A): Ticket Update

Support Blues on the road

16 January 2020

Bolton Wanderers

Pompey are close to selling their full allocation of tickets for Saturday’s match at Bolton.

Around 1,800 seats have already been snapped up for the League One contest, which kicks-off at 3pm.

Subject to availability, they can be purchased online here, by calling 0345 646 1898 (option one) or in person from the Anson Road ticket office until 3pm on Friday (January 17).

Please note that Blues fans will not be able to buy tickets at the University of Bolton Stadium on the day of the game.

Supporters collecting tickets on Saturday should visit the collections window in the ticket office, which is located next to the club superstore on the east side of the ground.

Category Price
Adult £20
Seniot (65+) £12
Young Person (18-23) £12
Junior (U18) £10

Wheelchair/ambulant tickets are priced at the above rates and include a carer if on the highest rate of DLA or PIP.

There is a £1 charge for tickets bought online/over the phone.

Supporters buying concession tickets are advised to bring proof of age identification with them to the game.

Official coach travel can be booked online here or by calling Lucketts Travel on 01329 237000.

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