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1 Bolton 1-2 Stoke (friendly) on Sat Jul 29 2017, 14:47

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BWFC team to face @stokecity: Howard, Darby, Dervite, Wheater, Beevers, A Taylor, Pratley, Karacan, Vela, Madine, Le Fondre

subs: Alnwick, Little, C Taylor, Ameobi, Buckley, Derik, Armstrong, King, Perry



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2 Re: Bolton 1-2 Stoke (friendly) on Sat Jul 29 2017, 15:49

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Done well to hang in there so far. Stoke dominant as expected but despite hitting the post and controlling the ball for the most part, still scoreless approaching HT.

And now we're winning!

ALF finishes well.

HT BWFC 1 Stoke 0

3 Re: Bolton 1-2 Stoke (friendly) on Sat Jul 29 2017, 15:50

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Q: Does Karacan's booking in this friendly count for anything when the season starts?

4 Re: Bolton 1-2 Stoke (friendly) on Sat Jul 29 2017, 16:05

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Sheff Utd beat Stoke 2 - 1 in a friendly on Tuesday. 
Stoke will be expecting better from the likes of Joe Allen, Shaquiri, Glen Johnson, Berahino etc. Hopefully our back 3 will keep them under control during the second half.

5 Re: Bolton 1-2 Stoke (friendly) on Sat Jul 29 2017, 16:07

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Apparently they played with an EFL ball during the first half and have had to switch to a Premier League ball for the second half. Assume this is to appease the advertisers as the balls surely can't be that much different from each other?

6 Re: Bolton 1-2 Stoke (friendly) on Sat Jul 29 2017, 16:16

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Shaquiri smacks it against the bar from 25 yards. Close again. He is a class above.
Then a last gasp tackle from Beevers saves the day again.
We're getting battered but hanging on so far.

7 Re: Bolton 1-2 Stoke (friendly) on Sat Jul 29 2017, 16:38

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Boo! Joselu equalises.
Game more open since raft of substitutions.

8 Re: Bolton 1-2 Stoke (friendly) on Sat Jul 29 2017, 16:47

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Unrelenting attack from Stoke but in amongst it Armstrong hits the post after Wanderers break.

9 Re: Bolton 1-2 Stoke (friendly) on Sat Jul 29 2017, 16:48

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BWFC 1 Stoke 2- Joselu again

10 Re: Bolton 1-2 Stoke (friendly) on Sat Jul 29 2017, 16:52

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Deserved win for Stoke but given the talent they had on the pitch there has to be great credit for our lads.

11 Re: Bolton 1-2 Stoke (friendly) on Sat Jul 29 2017, 17:10

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People are saying we played some promising stuff. Though I'm still concerned our starting 11 haven't had much game time together.

12 Re: Bolton 1-2 Stoke (friendly) on Sat Jul 29 2017, 17:13

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wanderlust wrote:Deserved win for Stoke but given the talent they had on the pitch there has to be great credit for our lads.
Thanks for keeping us all in touch with the match.

13 Re: Bolton 1-2 Stoke (friendly) on Sat Jul 29 2017, 19:00

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Much improved from the Fleetwood game, which had  a lot to do with switching back to 3-5-2. I thought Vela was excellent throughout and although Stoke hit the bar twice we limited the number of chances that they had overall. We hit them on the break a few times and could easily have nicked another goal with Armstrong missing a flying header and hitting the post.

Midfield three of Pratley, Vela and Karacan worked well together and if we do not get anyone else in, should be the starting line up.

One gripe would be when we took Madine and Alf  off and had Ameobi and Armstrong up front we still tried to go long too often, despite having played out from the back a few times earlier in the game.

14 Re: Bolton 1-2 Stoke (friendly) on Sat Jul 29 2017, 23:50

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MAN OF THE MATCH: Bolton Wanderers 1 Stoke City 2

WANDERERS slipped to a late defeat in their final pre-season friendly against Stoke City as sub Joselu came off the bench to score two late goals.
Adam Le Fondre had opened the scoring just before half time with a stunning left-footed effort – and Phil Parkinson’s side looked a good bet to hold on for victory despite Xerdan Shaqiri twice hitting the woodwork.
Joselu’s two goals in 11 minutes before the end spoiled the party somewhat but Parkinson remained pleased with what he had seen.

“I thought we played like we have for a lot of pre-season, with the exception of Fleetwood, and run a very good team close.
“We led for three quarters of the game but sometimes when you make three or four substitutions, as Stoke did, it can give you a lift, and one of them has come on to score a couple of late goals.
“All in all, though, I have got to be pleased with the collective performances today.”

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15 Re: Bolton 1-2 Stoke (friendly) on Sun Jul 30 2017, 10:58

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I'm encouraged. We may have a chance after all.
If the salary cap doesn't prevent us getting the West Ham lads or other signings in, there may be even further improvement but I'm sticking with my prediction of 52 points for now.

16 Re: Bolton 1-2 Stoke (friendly) on Sun Jul 30 2017, 11:21

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A midfield of Karacan, Vela and Pratley is about as lightweight as it gets and if Parky thinks that trio is going to cut it in the Championship he should resign now.

Once again we're going into a season without a leader on the pitch. We'll get relegated.

17 Re: Bolton 1-2 Stoke (friendly) on Mon Jul 31 2017, 09:21

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MARC ILES' PRE-SEASON MATCH VERDICT: Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Stoke City

THERE are some formidable financial challenges facing Wanderers in the Championship this season but Phil Parkinson’s side appear to have something money can’t buy.
Seeing the millions being splashed around by rivals has been tough to take this summer, particularly in light of recent EFL rule-changes which have made it even harder for the club to recruit.
But it was refreshing to see that Wanderers are not feeling sorry for themselves, in fact, quite the opposite.
This gutsy performance against a strong Stoke City line-up has quite rightly got fans looking forward to locking horns with Leeds United.

It was as if defeat against Fleetwood a week earlier had indeed been a ‘wake-up call’ to the players. But for the result, there is surely little Parkinson would change.
Former Real Madrid striker Joselu scored the decisive goals in the game’s last quarter and Mark Hughes’s side will feel they deserved at least a share of the spoils having twice hit the woodwork.
Wanderers will be pleased by the fact they held their own for long periods, however, and led at one stage thanks to a marvellous dipping volley from Adam Le Fondre just before the break.
Much has been written about Jay Spearing’s departure, and on Friday night he seemed to rubber-stamp his exit in a message to fans on social media.

Will Parkinson’s midfield cope without the terrier who snapped into challenges for the last five years? On this evidence, it appears so.
Wanderers may not have someone with Spearing’s demonstrative passion but they do have three superb athletes in Darren Pratley, Jem Karacan and Josh Vela – all of whom put in a shift way beyond that usually given in a meaningless pre-season friendly.
If, as expected, Josh Cullen arrives on loan from West Ham, the addition of a touch more guile to the middle of the park suddenly makes all the difference.
Just two changes were made to the team which paraded around the pitch to celebrate promotion three months ago against Peterborough United. Pratley replaced Spearing and Stephen Darby came in for Filipe Morais - who despite being back in full training was not considered fit enough to be a part of the squad.

It isn’t that long ago Stoke turned up on Wanderers’ doorstep as a Premier League freshman, looking to emulate their hosts and make themselves an established member of the elite. Defeat on the day did not stop Gary Megson predicting his former employers were here to stay, and so it proved.
Watching the sublime Xherdan Shaqiri was a nice appetiser for some of the quality opponents to come this season at the Macron. But this was not just a case of hold and contain.
Gary Madine looked in tune with his strike partner Le Fondre and later cameos from Sammy Ameobi and Adam Armstrong were equally encouraging.
Stoke could have gone ahead seven minutes in when Saido Berahino slid a pass through for Shaquiri, who saw his shot bounce off the inside of Mark Howard’s post.
In the early stages it looked like being a long old day for the Trotters and when Berahino swiped at fresh dead centre of the six yard box it seemed only a matter of time before the visitors took the lead.
Slowly, Wanderers got a foothold. Mark Beevers headed a Josh Vela corner just wide and Madine produced a lovely swivelled volley which had Jack Butland worried.
Stephen Darby provided a steady supply down the right in his first appearance at the Macron and linked-up well with the insatiable Vela.

As half time approached, Le Fondre produced a moment of brilliance to give his side the lead. Controlling the ball on the right edge of the area, he turned before looping a precise volley past Butland which kissed the crossbar on its way into the net.
Stoke nearly levelled early in the second half when Shaqiri’s free kick rattled the crossbar with Howard beaten.
Wanderers were holding firm until a flurry of substitutions gave the Potters some extra attacking impetus. Joselu was wearing a shirt number which baffled the stadium announcer – and proved hard to pick up for the Bolton back-line too.
Two incisive pieces of football presented the Spanish striker with two close-range strikes to turn the game on its head. Between his two goals in the 77th and 88th minute, Armstrong had gone close to winning it when he hit the post from Darby’s cross.

Parkinson was clearly pleased with what he had seen when he addressed the media after the game.
He knew questions would be posed to him about the added EFL sanctions, and the difficulties he was having with recruitment, but is cleverly looking to turn them to his advantage.
If the manager and his players have the bit between their teeth, will the fans follow? Can the very thing shackling the club’s transfer activity be used to improve performances on the pitch from those who are wearing the shirt? Let’s hope so.
Parkinson pledged on his first day at the Macron his side would never lack for effort, and he made good on his promise last season. Wanderers were not ‘supposed’ to get promoted, and it may not sit well with some of the clubs in League One that they did.

The club continues to work hard to heal old wounds and get itself back on an stable footing. If Parkinson pulls off survival this season, it would be an achievement to eclipse anything he has done before.
Wanderers (3-5-2): Howard; Dervite, Wheater, Beevers; Darby, Vela, Karacan, Pratley (Derik 80), Taylor; Le Fondre (Armstrong 72), Madine (Ameobi 72).
Subs not used: Alnwick, Little, Taylor, Buckley, King, Perry.
Referee: Jez Simpson.
Attendance: 4,724 (1,097 visiting).

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