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Bolton v West Brom
Reebok Stadium
New Year's Day, 1 January
Kick-off: 1500 GMT

Bolton's Kevin Nolan and Ivan Campo are pushing for recalls after being
dropped for the game against Blackburn.

The Trotters have no new injury concerns apart from the absence of Brazilian
Julio Cesar for up to four weeks with a broken bone in his foot.

West Brom are without Thomas Gaardsoe (suspended) and Darren Moore (knee).

Riccardo Scimeca (ankle) is a major doubt but Albion will have Kanu (virus),
Jason Koumas (illness) and Cosmin Contra available again.

Bolton (from): Jaaskelainen, Hunt, N'Gotty, Jaidi, Barness, Giannakopoulos,
Campo, Gardner, Speed, Okocha, Nolan, Diouf, Pedersen, Davies, Poole,
Hierro, Ben Haim, Ferdinand, Vaz Te.

West Brom (from): Hoult, Scimeca, Purse, Clement, Haas, Johnson, Greening,
Gera, Earnshaw, Kanu, Wallwork, Hulse, Horsfield, Koumas, Albrechtsen,
Robinson, Contra, Dyer, Sakiri, Kuszczak.


a.. BOLTON WANDERERS against West Bromwich Albion pits the two most
out-of-form clubs in the Premiership against each other. Defeats at
Manchester United and home to Blackburn over Christmas took Wanderers to six
successive losses - their longest ever such streak in the Premiership and
equal to Tottenham's earlier in the season.

a.. Sam Allardyce's side have slipped dramatically from fourth spot in mid
November to within five places of the drop. They've lost all five matches in
which they've failed to score, including the last three.

a.. The Trotters have not posted a home League victory against the Baggies
in three attempts over five years. Their last Premiership meeting at the
Reebok on 9 November 2002 ended 1-1. It was a basement battle from which
Bolton fought back from an early Scott Dobie goal and red card for Bruno
N'Gotty to equalise through a powerful header from Per Frandsen.

a.. WEST BROMWICH ALBION head for the Reebok, three points adrift at the
foot of the table and four points below safety. Their only victory this
season was home to Bolton. This will be their ninth game under Bryan Robson,
who's seen the side gather just two points from possible 24 in his tenure,
courtesy of 1-1 draws at Arsenal and at Manchester City last time out.

a.. The Baggies are seeking a first win in 13 Premiership matches. They've
lost 11 times on their return to the top division, scored fewer goals than
any other club (16) and conceded more (42).

a.. Albion took their unbeaten run in bona fide League matches against
Bolton to four, with a 2-1 victory in this season's reverse fixture in
October. Nwankwo Kanu pounced to convert a Zoltan Gera shot that was not
cleared, and Gera added another to provide under-pressure manager Gary
Megson with West Brom's first victory of the season. It gives them the
chance of completing a ninth 'double' over Bolton in League history.

Mike Dean (Wirral)


13th 23 points
Highest achievable after the New Year's Day fixtures: 9th
Lowest could fall: 14th

a.. Pressing for a first win in 10 Premiership matches.
a.. Drawn two and lost seven since beating Newcastle 2-1 at home on 31

a.. Lost last four home League matches.
20th 11 points
Highest realistically achievable after the New Year's Day fixtures: 20th
Lowest could fall: 20th

a.. Scored only one goal in four Premiership matches, or one goal in 405
minutes (six hours 45 minutes) of top flight soccer.
a.. Boast the shortest list of Premiership scorers - just six players.
a.. Chasing an 8th win in Premier League history, from 59 games.
a.. Managed only one clean sheet.

a.. One of three clubs yet to win away from home in the Premiership. Norwich
and Southampton are the others.
a.. Without an away League victory in 12 (including last season).
a.. Drawn four and lost eight League games on the road since beating
Sunderland 0-1 at the Stadium of Light on 18 April.
a.. Yet to keep a League clean sheet away from the Hawthorns this term.
a.. Chasing a fourth all-time away Premiership victory.
a.. Last away victory in the Premiership was against Sunderland (1-2 on 19
April 2003).


If involved, Daniel LIVESEY will be playing the day after his 20th birthday.


a.. Goalkeeper Russell HOULT has twice been on loan at Bolton.
a.. If he takes his usual place between the sticks from the opening whistle,
HOULT will be making his 350th career League start.
a.. Suspended: Thomas GAARDSOE

West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Bolton Wanderers
2 October 2004 - Ref: Mark Clattenburg
WBA scorers: Kanu 57, Gera 65
Bolton scorer: Giannakopoulos 73

League: Bolton 45 wins, WBA 42, Draws 38
Prem: Bolton 0 wins, WBA 1, Draws 2

HEAD TO HEAD at Bolton
League: Bolton 30 wins, WBA 15, Draws 17
Prem: Bolton 0 wins, WBA 0, Draws 1

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Baggies Line Up :
Scimeca, Purse, Clement, Robinson,
Gera, Johnson, Wallwork, Greening,
Kanu, Horsfield.
Kuszczak, Koumas, Albrechtsen, Hulse, Earnshaw.

Boltons Line Up:
Hunt, Jaidi, N'Gotty, Gardner,
Okocha, Campo, Speed, Nolan,
Davies, Diouf.
Oakes, Pedersen, Hierro, Ben Haim, Vaz Te.

Ref: M. Dean (Wirral)


I'm pissed off, Purse and Scimeca AGAIN start :nono: !!!!!!!!!!
Andy Johnson again in midfield! ARrrrrrghhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! :mad:

Robson makes a rod for his own back picking teams like this.
Albrechtsen and Gaardsoe at CB and Contra at RB, Earnshaw up front not Horsfield!!

2-0 loss today.

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:eek: whats going on here?! :D

Guess the likes of Kevin Davies are back to their oldselves :eek:

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Bolton 1-1 West Brom

A late strike from El-Hadji Diouf saved Bolton from a seventh straight defeat.
Zoltan Gera's 13th-minute goal looked to have given West Brom only their second win of the season, and Bryan Robson's first as manager.

His left-foot shot beat Bolton keeper Kevin Poole, who stepped in after Jussi Jaaskelainen was rested.

In awful conditions, Bolton battled hard to recover and shortly after they were denied a penalty, Diouf pounced to convert Nicky Hunt's cross.

With both sides out of form, the match did not promise to be a classic and that, coupled with heavy rain, sleet and gusty wind at the Reebok Stadium, made for a desperately poor first-half.

As Bolton looked to end their slump in form, Allardyce brought back Kevin Nolan and Ivan Campo but it was the exclusion of Jaaskelainen which caused the biggest stir.

The keeper, who did not even make the bench, has been linked with a move away from the Reebok Stadium - but Allardyce later explained he had rested the Finn.

That gave 41-year-old Poole a first Premiership start this season, but it began in the worst possible way.

Gera's goal from Paul Robinson's cross was the first shot on target by either side and the result of West Brom's first threatening attack.

Four minutes later, Baggies fans looked on in agony as Geoff Horsfield spurned a chance to double their lead.

Bolton's defence failed to clear a speculative long ball, but with only Poole to beat Horsfield smacked his shot against the outside of the post.

Bolton did their best to recover from the early setback.

In a frantic few minutes, Russell Hoult saved brilliantly from Kevin Davies before Jay-Jay Okocha's follow-up was cleared off the line by Darren Purse.

Moments later, Nolan got on the end of Hunt's cross but failed to test Hoult with a header.

But West Brom continued to threaten on the break and Neil Clement was unlucky to see his free-kick deflected narrowly wide.

Shortly after the interval, Hoult was again on hand to keep his side in front when he brilliantly parried Diouf's shot.

As a seventh straight defeat loomed, Bolton attacked with increasing desperation.

Okocha hit the post with a free-kick before referee Mike Dean turned away penalty appeals when Purse appeared to handle Nolan's shot.

But five minutes later, Diouf scored the precious equaliser to prevent West Brom completing the double over them this season.


Bolton: Poole, Hunt, Jaidi, N'Gotty, Gardner, Okocha, Campo, Speed, Nolan, Davies (Vaz Te 57), Diouf.
Subs Not Used: Pedersen, Oakes, Hierro, Ben Haim.

Goals: Diouf 85.

West Brom: Hoult, Scimeca, Purse, Clement, Robinson, Gera, Johnson, Wallwork, Greening (Albrechtsen 82), Kanu (Earnshaw 66), Horsfield (Hulse 80).
Subs Not Used: Kuszczak, Koumas.

Booked: Kanu.

Goals: Gera 13.

Att: 25,205.

Ref: M Dean (Wirral).
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