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Preview: Bolton (H)

8 December 2017

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Nottingham Forest will be looking to get back to winning ways on Saturday when Bolton Wanderers are the visitors to The City Ground.

Defeats against Cardiff City and Ipswich Town have set Mark Warburton's side back but The Reds are determined to bounce back on home soil on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

Bolton had a difficult start to life back in the Championship after winning promotion last season, but Phil Parkinson's side have started to pick up some form to move them away from danger.

See below for the pre-match thoughts from the Forest camp.

Team news

Danny Fox has returned to training ahead of schedule as he makes his recovery from injury, while Chris Cohen also continues to take steps towards a comeback. Tendayi Darikwa remains an absentee for The Reds.

From the opposition

Bolton boss Phil Parkinson is hoping that the boost of climbing out of the bottom three last weekend can stand his side in good stead at The City Ground tomorrow.

He said: "Psychologically it was good to come out of the bottom three and we are looking to build on that away at Forest. It is a really important game for us. 

"Getting our first away win is crucial. The mentality away from home has been good in recent weeks and we need to continue that and but improve on it as well and I feel that we are a team that is getting better."

The game will also see Bolton cross paths with former player Zach Clough and Parkinson hopes they don't see the best of him on Saturday.

"It will be nice to see Zach," he said. "He was a popular figure here having come through the system. We took the decision to sell him back in January which was a tough one because he was a key player for us, but it worked out well in terms of us getting promotion and bringing other players in.

"We wish him all the best but hopefully, for us, he doesn't get on the pitch and do well."

One to watch - Gary Madine

Powerful centre forward Gary Madine has found his goalscoring touch in recent weeks with his brace against Barnsley last weekend earning The Trotters all three points.

The 27-year-old has scored six times so far in this campaign and his goals could prove crucial if Bolton are to keep their place in the Championship.

A product of Carlisle United's youth academy, Madine had brief spells on loan with Rochdale, Coventry City and Chesterfield before earning a move to Sheffield Wednesday in January 2011

He made over 100 appearances for The Owls, including helping them to promotion to the Championship in 2012, before signing for Bolton where his 10 goals last year aided their promotion push.

Last visit


The festive season is coming to The City Ground on Saturday with the Christmas extravaganza. All kinds of seasonal activities will be taking place around the ground, see here for full details.

Tickets are on general sale, with under 18s tickets costing just £5 so it is set to be a real family occassion. Full ticket details can be found here.


The match will be broadcast live on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, with audio commentary also available.

There will be full coverage on the club's official social media channels as well as in the Match Centre.

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Sheffield United v Bristol City (Friday, 7.45pm)
Aston Villa v Millwall
Barnsley v Derby
Burton v Preston
Fulham v Birmingham
Hull v Brentford
Middlesbrough v Ipswich
QPR v Leeds
Wolves v Sunderland
Norwich v Sheffield Wednesday (5.30pm)
Reading v Cardiff (Monday, 8pm)

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