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Bolton's game against Villa is ON - Phil Parkinson on team changes

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Wanderers’ Good Friday clash with Aston Villa will get the go-ahead after news that Laurence Bassini is to clear debts after taking charge of the club.

News broke yesterday that the 49-year-old London-based businessman has bought Ken Anderson’s 94.5 per cent stake in Burnden Leisure Limited.

And although there has been no official confirmation from the Safety Advisory Group or Bolton Council over whether a prohibition notice has been served on the University of Bolton Stadium, it is understood the matter will be resolved in time for kick-off tomorrow afternoon.

Phil Parkinson says he will only pick players who “want to be out there” knowing that defeat would condemn his side to relegation to League One.

The squad has gone 18 days without pay – but a change in control is likely to improve that situation sooner rather than later.

Parkinson admits some of his players have struggled because of pay issues but he has now been boosted by the return to fitness of a few experienced heads.

“I have had long dialogue with the lads, individually and collectively, and on Saturday I just picked a team that I thought was right. Some of them found it difficult, others are dealing with it better,” he said.

“There are a few coming back. Hobbsy (Jack Hobbs) felt his back a bit in training so we had to pull him out, Luke Murphy is back in training so we can have a look at him. Joe Pritchard, Erhun Oztumer, Josh Vela – we want players who want to be out there and playing.

“We want people who want to show what they can do because it’s important we finish the season in the best possible way.”

Vela has not started a game for Bolton since the 4-0 defeat against Norwich on February 16 but Parkinson has played down any rumours of a dispute.

“It’s purely based on selection,” he said. “It’s purely that there is a lot of competition. Josh has come in and trained well, his attitude has been good, but it’s trying to fit everyone into the team when you have only got so many positions to choose from.”



Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
Good- I'm glad its on. I expect that we'll get tommed again but we might be able to find the back of (their) net at least once.
I won't be going- I'm in Scotland on holiday and in previous years I would have travelled down and back to watch them, a journey of 460 miles. But I can't be arsed this time to watch them get beat. I'm going to watch Stirling Albion instead!

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