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PREVIEW: Sky Blues Welcome Bolton Wanderers This Weekend

City take on the Trotters in League One action...

7 February 2020

The Sky Blues take on Bolton Wanderers in this weekend’s encounter hoping to extend their unbeaten run in the league to eight games. Here’s everything you need to know about tomorrow’s opponents.

Fact File-

Name- Bolton Wanderers

Founded- 1874

Stadium- University of Bolton Stadium

Capacity- 28,723

Nickname- The Trotters / The Whites

Address- Burnden Way, Horwich, Bolton.

Pitch Size- 110 x 72 yards

 

Kits

Coventry- Sky Blue Home Kit

Bolton- Yellow Away Kit

 

The Opposition

Bolton Wanderers have endured a difficult campaign to date after plenty of off-field uncertainty and problems in the off-season. They currently sit rooted to the bottom of the League One table after being deducted twelve points at the beginning of the campaign.

The Trotters are showing fighting spirit and are still in the race for survival if they can put together a good run of form at the end of the campaign. Bolton started the campaign with just a handful of senior players and it took until their twelfth league fixture before they recorded their first victory away at Bristol Rovers.

Since bringing in experienced reinforcements such as Daryl Murphy and Chris O’Grady, the Trotters’ form has picked up slightly and the club would just be five points adrift of safety with two games in hand without the points deduction. Bolton will be looking to build on positive results against Bristol Rovers and most recently Tranmere Rovers in the coming weeks to stage a late survival challenge.

 

Manager

Bolton born former centre-half Keith Hill took over the reins at the club during this season as he looks to steer Bolton to an unlikely survival in League One. Hill enjoyed a playing career spanning fifteen years and it was at one of his former clubs where he got his first chance in management after his retirement.

Hill took over at Rochdale in 2006 and helped steer the club to survival in his first season. He then missed out on promotion in the play-offs for two successive campaigns, before finally achieving promotion in 2010. Hill’s success in charge of Rochdale caught the eye of other clubs and he took over at Barnsley in the summer of 2011.

Hill’s spell at Oakwell was brief, spending just one and a half seasons at the helm before being sacked after a poor run of results. Hill returned to Spotland in 2013 and in his first full season back in charge he led Rochdale to promotion to League One for the second time. Hill remained at the helm up until 2019 when he left the club, before joining up with Bolton in August 2019.

 

Last Six Games

L 3-4 v Burton Albion (H)

L 2-0 v Rochdale (A)

L 5-1 Lincoln City (A)

L 0-1 Portsmouth (A)

D 1-1 Bristol Rovers (H)

W 2-0 v Tranmere Rovers (H)

 

Last Time We Met

Coventry were left frustrated as Bolton’s youngest ever side held them to a goalless draw at the University of Bolton Stadium. City were looking to build on the opening day win against Southend United and were unchanged for their visit to Lancashire whilst Bolton fielded a side without a single senior player in the eleven.

City started the game with a high intensity and spent much of the first half camped inside the Bolton half but struggled to create any clear-cut chances in the early stages. City thought they had taken the lead before half time when Wesley Jobello converted Jordan Shipley’s cross, only to be flagged for offside.

Bolton battled valiantly and Marko Marosi had to be called upon to deny a surprise opener for the home side in the second half. City were denied once more by the Linesman’s flag after Amadou Bakayoko bundled into the net after Jordy Hiwula’s knockdown.

It was set to be a frustrating afternoon for City, the high point being a league debut for teenage attacker Will Bapaga. Late into proceedings substitute Max Biamou thought he’d finally won the game for the Sky Blues with a powerful volley, but the Linesman’s flag was up for a third time to deny City and both teams had to settle for a share of the spoils.

 

Head-To-Head Record

Coventry Wins- 4

Draws- 10

Bolton Wins- 8

 

Club Connections

Colin Hendry:

Scottish international and Premier League winner Colin Hendry turned out for both clubs in the twilight of his career after a successful career in England and Scotland. Hendry turned out for Blackburn, Manchester City and Rangers during his career, winning league titles on both sides of the border.

Hendry was signed for £4m by Dick Advocaat and despite winning the domestic treble at Ibrox, he was largely unfancied by the manager and subsequently joined up with Coventry City as a 35-year-old in 2000.

Hendry only featured 11 times for the Sky Blues and was loaned to Bolton Wanderers during the 2000/2001 season, a campaign which saw Bolton take Coventry’s place in the Premier League. Hendry went on to appear three times for Bolton in the top division before eventually retiring after a couple of loan spells.

 

Marvin Sordell:

Striker Marvin Sordell began his professional career at Watford and was a regular in the team as a young player, scoring 25 goals in his last two season between 2010 and 2012. His good form was rewarded in the January of 2012 as Bolton Wanderers paid £3m to acquire his services.

Sordell struggled to replicate his form from Vicarage Road and he joined Charlton on loan before he was reunited with Sean Dyche as Premier League new boys Burnley signed the forward. Memorably, Sordell was part of the Team GB squad for the 2012 Olympics alongside ex Coventry players Craig Bellamy and Jack Cork.

Sordell struggled for goals and a spell at Colchester United followed before Coventry signed him for the 2016/2017 season. Sordell was one of the high points of struggling Coventry side and was signed up by Championship side Burton Albion just six months into his stay.

 

Match Officials

Ross Joyce is the man in the middle for this weekend’s match against Bolton Wanderers.

He has taken charge of 24 games so far this campaign and has given out 109 yellow cards and three red cards so far.

He will be assisted by Paul Lister and Christopher Ward on the day and Matthew Jones will act as the fourth official.

 

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Match Reports

REPORT: Sky Blues 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

City leave it late for all three points...

8 February 2020

A ninetieth minute winner from Max Biamou was enough to seal all three points for the Sky Blues as they came out 2-1 winners over Bolton Wanderers.

Amadou Bakayoko’s early header was cancelled out by Dennis Politic’s volley late into the second half, however substitute Biamou was the hero of the hour to earn City a deserved three points.

The Sky Blues started on the front and were ahead inside two minutes as Fankaty Dabo picked up a loose Bolton pass and drove down the right-hand side before floating a delightful cross into Bakayoko who simply headed the ball home at the back post.

Dabo was at it again just five minutes later as he broke into the space down the right and instead of crossing the ball, he took aim from the corner of the box but Remi Matthews in the Bolton goal was equal to it and produced a smart save.

Bakayoko then had the ball in the net again, only to be denied by the assistant’s flag as a neat interchange between Callum O’Hare and Jamie Allen freed up Sam McCallum who drilled a low cross across the box which was bundled home by Bakayoko, however the forward had strayed into an offside position.

The Sky Blues were keeping the Bolton ‘keeper busy and it was Liam Walsh who tried his luck next as the on-loan man let fly from 25 yards with his left foot and forced Matthews into another decent save just 18 minutes into the match.

City were nearly made to rue their missed opportunities as Politic broke from the half way line beating two defenders leaving him one on one with Marosi, however Marosi produced a world class save to deny the Bolton man.

Ten minutes from half time Callum O’Hare received a throw from Dabo and flicked the ball over the defender’s head, before wriggling away from another man and drilling a shot towards goal but Matthews was equal to it again, getting his body behind the effort keeping it at one going into half time.

HALF TIME SKY BLUES 1-0 BOLTON

The visitors came out from the break looking to get themselves back in the game and had an early opportunity as the ball flashed across the face of goal before Politic picked up the loose ball and took aim however his shot flew over the bar.

Jamie Allen nearly doubled City’s lead as the midfielder broke away from his man in the box and sent a low shot from the left across the ‘keeper however the ball trickled agonisingly wide of the far post and behind for a goal kick.

Marosi was called into action for a second time as a ball from the left was met by Daryl Murphy who powered a header at goal but Marosi was alive to the danger and produced another fine stop, tipping the ball over the crossbar at full stretch.

From the resulting corner, the ball was cleared high to O’Hare who sent a high ball over the defence releasing Allen in on goal however he was denied again by Matthews who stood tall to block the effort.

As the half went on, Bolton grew in confidence and left back Brandon Fleming broke from half way line into the City penalty area after the ball fell kindly and attempted the beat Marosi at his near post however his effort flashed wide.

Bolton’s breakthrough did eventually come 13 minutes form the end as Politic volleyed in Chris O’Grady’s cross leaving Marosi with no chance.

From the restart, substitute Max Biamou nearly responded for City as he attempted an acrobatic over head kick which flew just past the post.

As the watch approached 90 minutes, Max Biamou won all three points for the Sky Blues as a ball in from Dabo was met by the head of Allen before falling into the path of Biamou who lashed the ball into the back of the net sealing all three points.

FULL TIME SKY BLUES 2-1 BOLTON

 

 

Goals: Amadou Bakayoko 2’, Dennis Politic 77’, Max Biamou 90’.

Yellows: Amadou Bakayoko 69’.

Reds:

Attendance: 6,623 (884 away)

 

Sky Blues XI: Marko Marosi (GK), Fankaty Dabo, Michael Rose, Kyle McFadzean (Josh Pask 90’), Dom Hyam, Sam McCallum, Liam Kelly (C), Liam Walsh, Jamie Allen, Callum O’Hare, Amadou Bakayoko (Max Biamou 75’)

Unused subs: Ben Wilson (GK), Ryan Giles, Zain Westbrooke, Jordan Shipley, Jordy Hiwula.

 

Bolton XI: Remi Matthews (GK), Joshua Emmanuel, Jason Lowe (C), Luke Murphy (Jacob Mellis 90’), Daryl Murphy, Chris O’Grady, Brandon Fleming, Kean Bryan, Ethan Hamilton (Joseph Dodoo 90’), Dennis Poltic, Aristote Nsiala (Ryan Delaney 64’)

Unused subs: Matthew Alexander (GK), Joe Bunney, Jack Hobbs, Muhammadu Faal.

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