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1 Bolton 2-2 Preston on Mon Aug 27 2018, 15:02

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BTID, I'm off to Portugal for a couple of weeks as from tonight (Monday), so can I ask you to stick the following in the Prediction League, just in case I cant get on the forum ?

Preston 1-1 Bolton Oztumer

2 Re: Bolton 2-2 Preston on Mon Aug 27 2018, 15:02

gloswhite

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Cheers Mucka

3 Re: Bolton 2-2 Preston on Tue Aug 28 2018, 10:18

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In his press release after our battering by Sheff U, Parky says "we must get back to basics" and whilst this could be interpreted as practising tackling, tracking, marking and passing the goddamn ball etc he might want to consider getting back to basics with his selection and system. 
The back four of Olkowski Wheats, Beevers and Taylor is undefeated so far. On the two occasions Grounds has started, we've lost and conceded 5 goals compared to 3 in 4 games when Taylor has started. Taylor was excellent in the pre-season and in the games he's played, so why on earth drop him? OK he's a carthorse, but an experienced and committed carthorse and he's shown he works well with the other 3 so for me he has to reinstate the successful back four as the first step.

Secondly he has faffed about with his selections in midfield with Lowe being the only constant - and deservedly so because he's done well. If we're going to shore up the defence again he might want to consider partnering him with Williams who will track, mark and win possession and give us a solid core.

If we build a solid defence - and with these players it's our best approach - we are never going to be particularly expansive going forward, so we need athletes to work their socks off to put a real shift in tracking back and breaking forward ideally with pace so Wildschut has to start IMO, along with Magennis who is a shoe in, and Noone or Ameobi who can both do the job.

That leaves us with the number 10 and IMO Oztumer is a luxury we can't afford in this team at the moment. Easy on the eye for sure, but we aren't going to be playing camped on the edge of their box so we need a player with lots of box to box energy and a high workrate and despite all his perceived weaknesses there's a case for Vela doing that job.  I just think Oztumer, who may be a better passer, doesn't have the legs to do it IMO. A decent alternative is O'Neil deeper with Lowe and Williams pushed on a bit to do the water carrying.

If Parky gets back to a solid defence and a counterattacking style I think we'll nick it but if he focuses too much on being "entertaining" we'll get murdered. 

We're getting to know the strengths and weaknesses of these players now and IMO our best option is to concentrate on what we do best - build the wall and hope to score on the break and at set pieces.

If Parky gets back to these particular "basics" I reckon we'll win by the odd goal and have the basis of a team that will be very difficult to beat going forward.

4 Re: Bolton 2-2 Preston on Tue Aug 28 2018, 10:37

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The suggestion being we weren’t playing to defend and capitalise on set pieces against Sheffield United?

I find that hard to believe to be honest. Parky has a way he wants to play and doesn’t vary from it in my experience. Is it not more likely that they managed to exploit our weaknesses and stifle our (little) attacking threat? We all know this group of players aren’t world beaters despite what early form said.

Get Taylor back in the team for sure, but he’s not suddenly Paolo Maldini because of one result without him.

Caveat to all of this, haven’t seen any of the Sheffield game so I could be talking bollocks.



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5 Re: Bolton 2-2 Preston on Tue Aug 28 2018, 10:40

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Draw written all over this

6 Re: Bolton 2-2 Preston on Tue Aug 28 2018, 10:46

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Taylor back for Grounds and get Buckley out of the team, he really is poor. Wildschut or Noone should replace him with Ameobi on the other side. I can't see him starting Oztumer away from home so it will probably be Vela again. I do think Vela would be better deeper with Lowe though.

7 Re: Bolton 2-2 Preston on Tue Aug 28 2018, 11:14

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Parky had better get a grip for Saturday, and if Grounds or Buckley start Ken should sack him on the spot.

This game is massive for me. Many of the bellends who live below the penthouse are PNE scum, and I like nothing better than lording it over them.

Defeat is not an option.

8 Re: Bolton 2-2 Preston on Wed Aug 29 2018, 05:57

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I feel confident we'll win. I'm predicting 2-0 to us with Wildschut and Oztumer providing the goals.

9 Re: Bolton 2-2 Preston on Wed Aug 29 2018, 07:56

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Parky had better get a grip for Saturday, and if Grounds or Buckley start Ken should sack him on the spot.

This game is massive for me. Many of the bellends who live below the penthouse are PNE scum, and I like nothing better than lording it over them.

Defeat is not an option.

You do know Ken sanctioned the moves for both of those players. Is he gonna sack himself too?

10 Re: Bolton 2-2 Preston on Thu Aug 30 2018, 09:28

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Ref Watch: Andy Davies to oversee Preston North End v Bolton Wanderers

Andy Davies will take charge of Wanderers’ Sky Bet Championship away tie against Preston North End on Saturday afternoon at Deepdale.

Entering into his seventh year as an official, Davies has overseen five games this season, in which he has produced 17 yellow cards during those fixtures.

This will be the first time this season that the official will take charge of either side as a referee.

When looking towards last season, Davies dished out 104 yellow cards in 31 games, branding six red cards in total.

Shaun Hudson and Jonathan Hunt will act as linesman for the fixture, with Sebastian Stockbridge as fourth official.

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11 Re: Bolton 2-2 Preston on Thu Aug 30 2018, 14:09

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We'll lose this one by two clear goals. Probably 2-0 or 3-1.

12 Re: Bolton 2-2 Preston on Thu Aug 30 2018, 15:40

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This match is looking more like a litmus test of how we'll fare this season. A win would be heartening for both players and fans as well as giving us a bit more of a much-needed cushion. I'm just really hoping that Parky has the nous to steer us through this one and doesn't do anything daft.

13 Re: Bolton 2-2 Preston on Thu Aug 30 2018, 16:42

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:This match is looking more like a litmus test of how we'll fare this season. A win would be heartening for both players and fans as well as giving us a bit more of a much-needed cushion. I'm just really hoping that Parky  doesn't do anything daft.
Yeah, the 8 man defence Parky picked at home to Sheffield United is more suited to away games.I hope Parky isn't silly and reacts to the Sheffield horror show by picking an attacking team at Preston, the 8 man defence served us very well in the 2 away games at West Brom and Reading

14 Re: Bolton 2-2 Preston on Thu Aug 30 2018, 19:50

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I sometimes think that Parkinson doesn't know his arse from his elbow when it comes to team shape or tactics.

15 Re: Bolton 2-2 Preston on Thu Aug 30 2018, 22:16

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I think we need to calm down just a bit. The start to this season is light years better than last and while I accept that's not saying a great deal the fact we've only lost once in the league and got three wins from five is a pretty good beginning imo.

The fact is that a mid table finish would represent real progress for us given our circumstances and I think that with this squad it's very acheivable. Get in one decent striker tomorrow (two would be better but I'll be realistic and say I think we'll get one now and maybe the other in January) and in my opinion it becomes a genuinely realistic objective to finish in the top half.

As to the match against PNE I've plumped for a 2-0 win and nothing I've seen so far makes me feel that's a bad call. Yes we were poor against the blades but every team has a bad day at the office. Last season it was our good days that were the exception and that alone is a good cause for optimism this time around. We've played some good football and admittedly ridden our luck in a couple of games but for once we've actually had good luck when we needed it. When's the last time you can remember us really getting the breaks?

I don't know why but I still feel really good about this season and believe we'll do well, maybe even get close to the play offs.

16 Re: Bolton 2-2 Preston on Fri Aug 31 2018, 09:20

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Press Conference:

17 Re: Bolton 2-2 Preston on Fri Aug 31 2018, 17:22

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Foot in Both Camps: Preston North End v Bolton Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers take on Preston North End this Saturday in the Sky Bet Championship at Deepdale. With that in mind, bwfc.co.uk take a look back at some of the notable names to have played for both sides.

Sam Allardyce

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The former England manager started his playing career off at Wanderers in 1973. During his time with the Whites, he was a part of the 1977/78 side that gained promotion to the First Division.

He had a second stint with the Trotters in the 1985/86 season, before joining North End the following year.

Whilst with the Lilywhites, Allardyce won promotion from the Fourth Division and in the same season, the defender was named in the PFA Team of the Year for 1986/87.

With a brief caretaker role as manager with North End coming at the end of his playing career, ‘Big Sam’ took over as Whites boss in October 1999.

From there, Allardyce enjoyed an eight year tenure at the University of Bolton Stadium.

He took the club into the Premier League in 2001, beating this weekend's opponents at the Millennium Stadium in the First Division Play-off Final.

From there, Allardyce and his Wanderers side enjoyed a successful stay in the top flight of English football.

It was capped off in 2004/05, when the Trotters finished sixth and won qualification to the UEFA Cup for the first time in the club’s history.

Ricardo Gardner

Coming over to England after a successful World Cup campaign with the Jamaican national team in 1998, Gardner joined Bolton for a reported fee of £1 million.

From 1998 to 2012, the left-sided player made over 350 appearances for the Whites.

A notable achievement for Gardner during his time in BL6 was scoring at the Allianz Arena against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Cup in 2007. It was his first goal for five years at that time.

Coming towards the end of his playing career, he had a short spell at Deepdale in 2011 on an emergency one-month loan as cover for then-manager Phil Brown’s team.

In the current day, Gardner manages the Jamaican Under-20 international team.

Frank Worthington

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Scorer of one of the goals of the 1970s during his two year spell with Wanderers, in his second season at the club, Worthington was the leading goal scorer in the First Division, finding the net 24 times in 42 games.

Fast forward to the 1986/87 season meanwhile and the striker was a Preston North End player.

He was only a Lilywhite for a single season however, where Preston gained promotion from the Fourth Division.

Jermaine Beckford

The former Jamaican international joined Bolton Wanderers from Leicester City on a two-year deal in July 2013.

Beckford had more success when he joined Preston North End on loan from the Whites in November 2014 however.

The frontman wrote himself into North End folk law by scoring a hat-trick in the League One Play-off Final against Swindon Town to gain them promotion to the Sky Bet Championship.

Julian Darby

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Currently a first team coach at Bolton Wanderers, Darby started his career at the club in 1986.

In an eight-year playing spell, he made over 300 appearances for the Whites, in which he scored in the 1989 Associate Members Cup final against Torquay United at Wembley Stadium where the Trotters ran out 4-1 winners.

In 1997 however, Darby signed for North End and stayed at Deepdale until a move to Carlisle came about in 2000.

Nicky Hunt

Coming through the young system at Bolton, Hunt made his first team debut in 2000/01 as a substitute for Colin Hendry against Sheffield United on the final day of the regular season.

With 143 starts for the club in his nine years at the University of Bolton Stadium, he enjoyed playing in the UEFA Cup for the Whites, in addition to starting in the League Cup Final against Middlesbrough in 2004.

The full-back signed on short-term deal for PNE in 2011, and was a regular during his brief time at the club.

Tony Philliskirk

The Sunderland born frontman had a very brief spell at North End in 1989, before joining Wanderers in June 1989 for a reported fee of £50,000.

After signing, Philliskirk scored 75 times in 182 appearances for the Whites and for two seasons running from 1989 to 1991, the striker finished as the club’s top scorer.

Michael Ricketts

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In July 2000, former England international Ricketts joined Wanderers from Walsall for a fee in the region of £400,000.

In his first season at the club, the striker shot onto the scene by scoring 24 goals in 47 appearances, earning the Whites promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs.

Furthermore, Ricketts earned a call-up to the England national side, making his debut against the Netherlands in 2002.

He then joined Preston in 2007 after leaving Southend United but with fitness an issue during his time at the club, appearances were few and far between.

However he came into his own for the Lilywhites against Ipswich Town that year, as his sole goal earned three points for then manager Paul Simpson’s side.

Barry Siddall

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Goalkeeper Siddall started off his career with the Whites in 1970 and stayed for six years at the club.

During such time, he won the Third Division under Jimmy Armfield in 1972/73 and made 158 appearances during his tenure with Wanderers.

He finished his professional career at North End in 1992/93.

John Thomas

In two spells (1980-82 and 1987-89) at the club, the forward scored 44 times in 110 appearances.

He top scored in the 1987/88 season for Phil Neal’s team with 22 goals in 43 games and from there, he had a one season spell at West Bromwich Albion before joining PNE for a reported £15,000.

He picked up the Player of the Year for the Lilywhites in 1985/86 and the following season, Preston stormed to promotion with Thomas ending the year as North End’s top scorer with 28 goals.

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18 Re: Bolton 2-2 Preston on Sat Sep 01 2018, 14:04

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19 Re: Bolton 2-2 Preston on Sat Sep 01 2018, 14:14

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Radio Nuts is now live in the Portal!

20 Re: Bolton 2-2 Preston on Sat Sep 01 2018, 14:19

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That's just about the team I would have picked TBH.

21 Re: Bolton 2-2 Preston on Sat Sep 01 2018, 14:44

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Nat Lofthouse
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No Buckley  cheers

It will be interesting to see how the young lad Williams does.

22 Re: Bolton 2-2 Preston on Sat Sep 01 2018, 15:24

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Dropped Vela and Murphy from a team that won 2 away games out of 2 and losing 2-0 after 20 minutes.This one is on the silly tinkering

23 Re: Bolton 2-2 Preston on Sat Sep 01 2018, 15:32

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The two players most wanted to see dropped, the third being Grounds.

24 Re: Bolton 2-2 Preston on Sat Sep 01 2018, 16:07

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2-2 fuck me

25 Re: Bolton 2-2 Preston on Sat Sep 01 2018, 17:03

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No thanks Very Happy

26 Re: Bolton 2-2 Preston on Sat Sep 01 2018, 17:38

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27 Re: Bolton 2-2 Preston on Sat Sep 01 2018, 17:42

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Report: Preston North End 2-2 Bolton Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers drew 2-2 against Preston North End this afternoon, with goals coming from Sammy Ameobi and Pawel Olkowski at dee

PRE-MATCH

Manager Phil Parkinson made four changes from his starting line-up against Sheffield United, bringing in Andy Taylor and Gary O’Neil in place of Jonathan Grounds and Luke Murphy.

Additionally, Yanic Wildschut and Joe Williams came in for Will Buckley and Josh Vela.

FIRST HALF

First chance of the game went Preston’s way with six minutes gone, as Graham Burke found a pocket of space on the edge of the Wanderers’ area, but his effort was poor and trickled wide.

Preston took the lead soon after, with an intercepted Yanic Wildschut pass finding the feet of North End’s Brandon Barker, who slotted in his striking partner Callum Robinson.

The forward rounded Ben Alnwick before calmly slotting the ball home.

The deficit doubled on 16 minutes with Paul Gallagher finding Irishman Alan Browne, who hit an impressive half volley from the edge of the area, leaving Alnwick no chance as it sailed into the top corner.

Gallagher had a speculative effort from distance just after the 20-minute mark, but his half volley attempt flew way over Alnwick’s crossbar.

Sammy Ameobi came close minutes after, with a run down the left-hand side to the byline ending in a low driven effort which had to be dealt with by Declan Rudd.

Chances came for Bolton, when a corner to the Whites found the head of skipper David Wheater, but he was unable to beat Rudd as he gathered the ball at the second attempt.

Lilywhites responded with a chance of their own, with combination play between Burke and Browne resulting in an effort on goal from Burke, whose driven strike whistled past the post.

Bolton soon had a response through winger Ameobi, who picked up the ball with space to run into.

After sprinting infield, he unleashed a thunderbolt from 30 yards that deflected into the back of the Preston goal.

Wanderers had the bit between their teeth from then on in the first half, with an equaliser coming through an unlikely source in Pawel Olkowski.

The Polish right back latched onto a loose ball just inside the Preston penalty area and unleashed a mighty effort on goal which hit the underside of the bar and beat Declan Rudd’s outstretched arm.

SECOND HALF

After an exciting first period, the game took until the 67thminute for a chance to come.

That came in the form of Jason Lowe, who reacted fastest to a Gary O’Neil corner and fired goalwards but his strike was blocked well by Preston.

Ameobi came close soon after, as the ball fell to him in the area, but he couldn’t direct his shot towards Rudd’s goal.

Preston began to ramp up the pressure, as a driven ball across the box found its way towards Robinson who only had Alnwick to beat, but he couldn’t get past the goalkeeper as he palmed the ball away from danger.

The Lilywhites kept on coming as Barkhuizen rolled the ball into Robinson had tested Alnwick, as he was forced into a diving save to clear the threat.

Deep into added time and both sides had their chances, with Robinson once again trying to find the winner for Preston, but his effort was to no avail as referee Andy Davies ended proceedings.

FULL TIME

Wanderers XI: Alnwick, Taylor (Grounds 75), Lowe, Beevers, Ameobi, Olkowski, O’Neil, Williams, Magennis, Wildschut (Noone 60), Wheater (C)

Unused substitutes: Matthews, Vela, Oztumer, Donaldson, Hobbs

Attendance: 16,331 (4,144 visitors)

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28 Re: Bolton 2-2 Preston on Sun Sep 02 2018, 11:10

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Wow, not a single comment about the game. What the fuck is wrong with you?

Overall we were pretty good yesterday. Preston had a lot of the ball but didn't do much with it after their initial two goal burst. I always felt if anyone was going to win it, it would be us.

The midfield was as good as I've seen it under Parkinson. There were spells when we actually dominated in that area. Williams was excellent, as were O'Neil and Lowe.

The only down side was Wildschut who was rubbish, Noone was much better when he came on. Noone & Ameobi looked very dangerous at times.

Very good result in the end. I sat in the Preston end with a few Knob Enders, they all said Bolton had improved dramatically since they dicked us at the Macron.

29 Re: Bolton 2-2 Preston on Sun Sep 02 2018, 12:19

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Norwich fans said Wildschut makes a great sub but is pants whenever he starts and that was borne out yesterday. Wiliams was great if a bit feisty. Taylor wasn't so good but still looked better than Grounds. Magennis ran his socks off despite getting bugger all service - which may be an issue for Doidge when he gets into the team. Overall the team looked balanced after the first 20 minutes.

And that's the thing that annoys me. Parky banged on about the importance of getting off to a solid start and emphasised the point about Preston starting quickly and being prepared for it. I seriously think that if we hadn't been so sloppy at the start we had enough to win the game. But it is a noticeable tactic of Parky's to try to contain teams at the beginning of each half and then make a huge effort to get forward towards the end of the half - fine providing we don't concede in the first bit and yesterday we did. Twice. 

Can't complain about the result on balance.

30 Re: Bolton 2-2 Preston on Sun Sep 02 2018, 13:16

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Smells like team spirit: Wanderers fight for point at Preston

AN imperfect point, perhaps, but this result at Deepdale was more than meets the eye.
   
Phil Parkinson will analyse chunks of Wanderers’ performance at Preston and know his team will have to improve considerably if they are to stand any chance of maintaining this excellent start to the season.
Equally, he will look at the way his players rallied to fight back from two down, bossing one of the Championship’s hardest-working midfields, and allow himself a little smile at how long 12 months can feel in football.

Before Sammy Ameobi and Pawel Olkowski hauled Bolton back on level terms, the party atmosphere had been silenced among the 4,000-plus travelling support as first Callum Robinson and then Alan Browne administered two lethal blows, leaving the Whites on their haunches.
The reaction from behind Ben Alnwick’s goal to going two down was invaluable. Given the poor performance a weekend earlier against Sheffield United, it would have been entirely understandable for supporters to sulk. Save for a few seconds of silence to allow the information to process, the noise was entirely positive, even drowning out the celebrations of the home support.
As if there wasn’t enough to digest on the field in an absorbing contest, the relentless backing from the away fans made for fascinating viewing, and sums up a changing mood within the club.
Take Wildschut, for example. The Dutchman had played a terrible square pass along his own back four which allowed Brandon Barker to slip Robinson through for the opening goal. The winger dropped immediately to his knees in disappointment and the incident clearly affected him – yet there was never a moment he was singled out. Like a figurative arm around the shoulder, fans chanted his name in an effort to restore his confidence, right up to the moment he was replaced by Craig Noone in the second half.

His example was not an isolated one. At 35 years old, Gary O’Neil is the last man you’d expect to sprint 60 yards to charge down a goalkeeper’s kick in the 92nd minute. The former West Ham and Middlesbrough man set the tone in midfield and Bolton’s supporters responded in kind.

Every David Wheater slide challenge or Mark Beevers header was cheered with cup final glee, and that kind of connection – especially away from home – will be worth its weight in gold for Parkinson’s side this season.
A year ago, Bolton went into the international break bottom of the Championship, beaten 4-0 at Hull City. Parkinson had described the desperate defeat at his lowest moment at the club – although by the end of a tough campaign, it would have some company.
Fast forward to September 2018 and after a summer of canny squad-building the outlook is nowhere near as bleak. Just a look at the bench – Clayton Donaldson, Josh Vela, Jack Hobbs, Erhun Oztumer – suggests the manager stands a much better chance this time around. And a thoroughly deserved one at that.
Parkinson is a realist, however, and he will demand better than he saw in the opening 20 minutes when Preston threatened to run away with the game.
Robinson’s opener was well-taken but Browne’s second – a volley on the turn from the edge of the box – was a work of art. Questions may be asked of whether Wanderers had retreated too deep, or whether they should have contested the bouncing ball on the edge of the box, but the finish was top-drawer.
One of the catalysts in the fight-back was Joe Williams, the on-loan Everton man making his first appearance in a Bolton shirt. The 20-year-old made 34 league appearances for Barnsley last season and had been Parkinson’s number one midfield target over the summer.

Williams snapped into challenges and showed a calmness on the ball way beyond his years. And with knowledgeable types like Jason Lowe and O’Neil around him, the youngster might be one to watch this term.
Ameobi’s goal seven minutes before the break was just what the doctor ordered. Wanderers had already stabilised but a frantic scramble in the Preston box after Browne had put his keeper Declan Rudd in trouble by ducking out of a header had set the nerves jangling among the home supporters. Moments later, the winger’s powerful swerving shot from 30 yards seemed to catch Rudd off-guard, and nestled into the bottom corner with the keeper left diving the wrong way.
The fight-back was on. No-one expected a second goal to arrive so soon, however, and certainly not from the right boot of full-back Olkowski.

The Polish defender has been a revelation since joining from FC Koln in the summer and was compared to a Rolls Royce by his captain, David Wheater. Picking up on a loose ball following Josh Magennis’s run on the edge of the box, his right-footed finish was more traction engine as the ball smashed off the bar and over the line.
Wanderers looked the more likely to win the game from there. Ben Alnwick made a couple of important saves – one to deny Robinson came at a crucial stage of the game. But otherwise the game’s tempo was dictated in a thoroughly professional manner by O’Neil and Co.

Jason Lowe had a goal-bound volley blocked and Magennis was denied by some fine last-ditch defending by Ben Davies.
There were moments of skulduggery which harked back to Sam Allardyce’s golden era when a foul needed to be made, or a few seconds of time needed to be wasted. All in the best possible taste, of course.

And the frustrations boiled over after the final whistle as Ben Pearson was sent off for an alleged head-butt on Williams, who was also shown a yellow card.

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Wanderers may be a touch disappointed they didn’t find a winner having put so much in to get back into the match, and to dominate after the break. In the bigger picture, however, a point to go into the international break in seventh place was ample reward.

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