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MartinBWFC

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El Hadji Diouf
El Hadji Diouf
Tough game this one, Matt Taylor nailed on to score, I'd be happy with a point.

1-1.

whatsgoingon

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Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
agreed i'd also go 1-1 for this one, we need to improve a lot on our last away performance at Peterborough, Zach to get our goal again

wanderlust

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Northampton ain't bad but again it'll come down to what we do and our performances have slipped a bit. If we don't improve, we'll lose but I'm hoping for a better showing to keep in touch with the leaders so I'm hoping we win 1 - 2.

Boggersbelief

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
We'll win again, bigly

gloswhite

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Youri Djorkaeff
Youri Djorkaeff
2-2 Spearing

Norpig

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John McGinlay
John McGinlay
sneaky 1-0 win i reckon

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3 -0 bolton win

Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Certain defeat, probably 1-0.

NickFazer

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Andy Walker
Andy Walker
Going on Saturday, so Parky it is not OK to lose. Not been in great form recently Northampton so am optimistic about getting a win or a least a point, Revell isn't bad at this level so defensively we need to be on the ball. Wanderers by the odd goal, Madine.

MartinBWFC

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El Hadji Diouf
El Hadji Diouf
NickFazer wrote:Going on Saturday, so Parky it is not OK to lose. Not been in great form recently Northampton so am optimistic about getting a win or a least a point, Revell isn't bad at this level so defensively we need to be on the ball. Wanderers by the odd goal, Madine.
Love your optimism, but really?

karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Preview: Five talking points ahead of Northampton Town v Bolton Wanderers

1. First trip to Sixfields

Having not locked horns with Northampton Town in league football since February 1990, Saturday's game marks Wanderers' first ever visit to Sixfields Stadium.

The Whites have already visited two new grounds so far this season, recording victories over both AFC Wimbledon and Bristol Rovers.

Can they make it three from three on Saturday?

2. Big away following 
Bolton are set to be backed by yet another big away following this weekend.

The Trotters were handed an initial allocation of 944 tickets for the game, with well over 800 sold by Tuesday afternoon.

Having been at their vocal best up and down the country so far this season, the Club's travelling supporters will be expected to provide more of the same come 3pm on Saturday!

3. Eight wins from nine?
Wanderers come into Saturday's clash with Northampton having won seven of their last eight league outings.

Sitting third in Sky Bet League One as a result, Phil Parkinson has spoken of his desire for the Whites to maintain this form for as long as possible as they continue to forge a promotion push.

With eyes firmly set on climbing the table even more, will Bolton be able to make it eight wins from nine this weekend?

4. Ben Alnwick
With Mark Howard currently sidelined because of injury, Ben Alnwick has grabbed his opportunity with both hands in recent weeks.

The shot-stopper has been in impressive form, keeping successive clean sheets in the Trotters' back-to-back home victories over Millwall and Coventry City.

Yet to concede at Macron Stadium, Alnwick is yet to be beaten from open play in games he's started for Wanderers.

And with the Whites boasting the best defence in the division having conceded just 12 goals all year, will Alnwick be able to make it three clean sheets in a row on Saturday? 

5. An away win
While meetings between these two sides are rare occurances, history has often smiled on the away side when Bolton face the Cobblers.

Clashing 11 times in total, each team has won five games each with the Trotters emerging 2-0 victors the last time they visited Northampton back in February 1990.

The last four ties have all ended in away wins, while Town can only boast two home successes over Wanderers to their name.

More of the same on Saturday please, Whites!

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karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Ref watch: Darren Deadman to run the rule over Northampton Town trip

Darren Deadman will officiate Wanderers’ trip to Northampton Town on Saturday.

An experienced Football League official, the Cambridgeshire-based referee ran the rule over his first Championship fixture back in January 2006.

In total he has taken charge of six Bolton games in the past with the Whites winning four and drawing one – this season's away victory over Millwall last month his most recent Trotters outing.

Mr Deadman has overseen 20 games so far this season, dishing out 72 yellow cards and three red cards.

Stephen Finch and Mark Griffiths will run the line, while Ian Smedley is the fourth official.

[url=Ref watch: Darren Deadman to run the rule over Northampton Town trip Darren Deadman will officiate Wanderers’ trip to Northampton Town on Saturday. An experienced Football League official, the Cambridgeshire-based referee ran the rule over his first Championship fixture back in January 2006. In total he has taken charge of six Bolton games in the past with the Whites winning four and drawing one – this season's away victory over Millwall last month his most recent Trotters outing. Mr Deadman has overseen 20 games so far this season, dishing out 72 yellow cards and three red cards. Stephen Finch and Mark Griffiths will run the line, while Ian Smedley is the fourth official.]Source[/url]

Bwfc1958

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Tinned Toms - You know it makes sense!
Looking at Northamptons recent form gives reason for optimism. I initially thought draw but I reckon we can nick this if we can avoid a performance like the one at Peterborough.

wessy

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Andy Walker
Andy Walker
0-1

wessy

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Andy Walker
Andy Walker
0-1  Spearing

Boggersbelief

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
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MartinBWFC

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El Hadji Diouf
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Boggersbelief wrote:[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
No Trotter, great news, just get shut of Taylor now

Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Chris Taylor isn't playing.

MartinBWFC

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El Hadji Diouf
El Hadji Diouf
Natasha Whittam wrote:Chris Taylor isn't playing.
I meant out of the squad, he's shitter than shit.

karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Radio Nuts is now live guys!

terenceanne

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El Hadji Diouf
El Hadji Diouf
karlypants wrote:Radio Nuts is now live guys!
I have nothing Karly.

karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Radio Nuts is now back up and running.

Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Didn't watch the game so can't comment on it, but it's a fantastic result seeing as the three teams around us all dropped points.

And hats off to the defence once again, especially Alnwick and Derek who have slotted in perfectly in the last three games.

Bread2.0

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Andy Walker
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A goalscorer in Jan is a must.

We're in second place, which is obviously fantastic, but if we're going to mount a serious promotion push, we need more goals.

Scunny have scored 41 to our 24.

The highest placed team with a worse record than ours is Walsall and they're in 17th place.

I appreciate that Madine is now receiving plaudits for his "contribution" but he needs replacing with someone who can chip in with goals as well as the stuff that Madine does.

And yes, I thought all that up from my armchair.

Cajunboy

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Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly
Bread2.0 wrote:A goalscorer in Jan is a must.

We're in second place, which is obviously fantastic, but if we're going to mount a serious promotion push, we need more goals.

Scunny have scored 41 to our 24.

The highest placed team with a worse record than ours is Walsall and they're in 17th place.

I appreciate that Madine is now receiving plaudits for his "contribution" but he needs replacing with someone who can chip in with goals as well as the stuff that Madine does.

And yes, I thought all that up from my armchair.
Jermaine Defoe on loan until the end of the season.

Fantasy football.

Cajunboy

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Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly
We'll probably get Ed Balls.

Cajunboy

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Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly
Natasha Whittam wrote:Didn't watch the game so can't comment on it, but it's a fantastic result seeing as the three teams around us all dropped points.

And hats off to the defence once again, especially Alnwick and Derek who have slotted in perfectly in the last three games.
Yes, without Howard and Wheater I really thought we would crumble.

No sign of custard.

Cajunboy

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Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly
Could this be custards last stand.

Sorry,  just had a large glass of Prosecco.

karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse

Report: Northampton Town 0-1 Bolton


OVERVIEW

Zach Clough's seventh goal of the season proved to be enough as Bolton Wanderers recorded their third consecutive win and clean sheet to beat a plucky Northampton Town at Sixfields.

The Wanderers front man’s first half strike illustrated his team’s dominance during the opening half.

Town bounced back after the break to make life difficult for Phil Parkinson’s men in the latter stages of the game, but the Trotters' resilience ultimately ensured that the three points were theirs come full time. 

TEAM NEWS

Wanderers were unchanged from the team that beat Coventry City in midweek with Tom Thorpe retaining his place in midfield after coming in for the suspended Liam Trotter. Derik continued alongside Mark Beevers at centre half while David Wheater continues his recovery from a back problem.

Former Wanderers midfielder Matt Taylor lined up against his former employers.

FIRST HALF

Over 1,200 Wanderers fans made it down from Bolton and were in fine voice as the game kicked off.

In form Clough showed his threat early on with a probing foray in the Northampton penalty area but he overran despite a back tracking home defence.

After an ineffectual opening, David Cornell made the game’s first save after eight minutes when he got to a Sammy Ameobi half-volley. The chance was well struck but went straight to the Town ‘keeper.

Matt Taylor almost put the hosts in front just moments later when he steered a cross from the left on to Ben Alnwick’s right hand post. Wanderers responded by charging back up the field to put pressure on Cornell, which culminated in Spearing volleying over from distance after Ameobi’s probing had Town on the backfoot.

Wanderers were slick with their passing and a ball out from Derik found Clough, who span around to feed Andrew Taylor on the left. His ball back into the danger area found Vela. He shaped up to curl it into the top corner only to be charged down.

Despite their attacking prominence, Wanderers had to be on their guard. Sam Hoskins tested Alnwick from distance, but it was a regulation save for the ‘keeper.

The goal game from that man Clough. It was such a composed finished from the frontman who latched onto Ameobi’s through ball. With the giant frame of Cornell advancing at a rapid rate to narrow the angle, Clough steered home to break the deadlock.

The goal spurred Wanderers on and they began to look increasingly dangerous every time they went into the final third. Ameobi and Clough linked up superbly well once again to find Taylor charging down the left. The full back put in a tasty looking cross which was ultimately cleared.

Clough was a constant menace for Town. If he wasn’t running in from deep, he was hanging around on the edge of the box. On one occasion he acrobatically latched on to an Ameobi centre, only to see the effort go wide.

SECOND HALF

Seeking to get back into the contest, Town started the second half much brighter than the visitors. Although Alnwick wasn’t really tested, his defenders had to have their wits about them.

Wanderers earned a corner after Spearing’s powerful drive cannoned off a Town defender right in front of the superbly vociferous Wanderers’ supporters.,

Again, the action return to the other end and on a better day Town would have equalised. Wanderers failed to sufficiently clear a corner, and fortunately Derik was in the way to keep out Paul Anderson’s drive.

The hosts thought they had equalised on 66 minutes when O’Toole had out the ball beyond Alwick. However, the linesman had his flag up early and the effort was ruled out for an infringement.

The incident served as a wake-up call for Wanderers who had allowed their opponents to get back into the contest. Town were playing with a new found confidence and Phil Parkinson’s men badly needed a second goal.

With 20 minutes remaining, Parkinson brought on Henry for Ameobi to bring some fresh mpetus for Wanderers as an attacking force. Proctor, ten minutes later, came on for Gary Madine.

With time petering out, Wanderers held firm – despite an agonising five minutes of additional time - to record their third consecutive win and clean sheet.

FULL TIME

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boltonbonce

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Nat Lofthouse
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Just seen the goal on Sky Sport. Nicely done.

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