Match preview: Bolton Wanderers v PNE

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By Jack Wynne – Sports Editor

Tomorrow, Preston North End make the short journey down the M61 to face local rivals Bolton Wanderers in the Championship.

Neither set of supporters were treated to a spectacle the last time these two sides met on Halloween last year, the scores finishing 0-0.

Wanderers have won just two out of their last ten matches, most recently earning a point at home against Ipswich Town, Stephen Dobbie scoring in the seventh minute of injury-time to level the scores at 2-2.

Meanwhile, PNE suffered a blow in their quest to make the play-offs after a 1-0 defeat against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Tuesday.

PNE manager Simon Grayson admitted Bolton will be fired up after the draw with Town.

He added that they were unlucky to suffer defeat at Leeds United last weekend and that they have a good group of players with lots of Premier League and Championship experience between them.

Bolton manager Neil Lennon believes his side are unlucky to be at the bottom of the table, considering the amount of chances they have created in recent matches.

He pointed out how basic mistakes had cost them a lot of points and is ultimately why they are in the relegation zone.

Onto team news and PNE striker Joe Garner will be unavailable for the match, starting the first of a two-game ban after picking up his tenth booking of the season against Forest.

Paul Gallagher is likely to be in contention after his hernia operation has been delayed whilst Alan Browne and Neil Kilkenny face late checks, both were missed the game against Forest earlier in the week.

As for Wanderers, Emile Heskey is the latest person to join the growing injury list, the striker injuring his knee in the warm-up prior to the defeat against United last weekend.

Ben Amos and Dorian Dervite are also out with ankle injuries whilst David Wheater and Max Clayton are both missing after picking up hamstring injuries.

Victory for PNE would see them move to within four points of the play-offs, depending on the results of other teams above them.

Relegation-threatened Bolton could be seven points off safety if they secure victory tomorrow afternoon.

If you are not making the journey to the Macron Stadium tomorrow, follow @SportPluto for full match coverage, including team news.


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