Oct 252014
 

Sports Mole looks ahead to the Championship clash between Bolton Wanderers and Brentford at the Macron Stadium.

By Sian Cowper, Reporter
Filed: Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 11:00 UK

Last Updated: Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 13:36 UK

Brentford can extend their unbeaten run to four matches when they travel to the Macron Stadium to take on Bolton Wanderers in the Championship this weekend.

The Bees sit 12th in the table following their promotion from League One last season, and shared a goalless draw with Sheffield Wednesday earlier this week.

Mark Warburton has no fresh injury concerns heading into this match, but may promote Nick Proschwitz to the starting lineup after he came close to netting a late winner against the Owls.

Meanwhile, Bolton will be looking to bounce back following defeat to Charlton Athletic earlier this week.

Neil Lennon started his reign in charge at Bolton with a win, but the 2-1 loss to Charlton has left the Trotters 23rd in the table, three points from safety.

The manager has insisted that his side must improve in front of goal if they are to pull away from the bottom of the table, with only Blackpool having scored fewer goals in the Championship so far this season.

The team have not reported any new injury concerns following the trip to The Valley, so Lennon could name an unchanged side for the match.

This will be the first time that these two sides have met in a league match since the 1995-96 season, when Bolton completed a double of Brentford.

Recent form

Bolton: LLLLWL

Brentford: LWLWDD

Possible starting lineups

Bolton: Lonergan, McNaughton, Mills, Dervite, Moxey, Feeney, Spearing, Danns, Pratley, Lee, Beckford

Brentford: Button, McCormack, Craig, Dean, Bidwell, Douglas, Odubajo, Pritchard, Diagouraga, Ramallo, Gray

Sports Mole says: 0-1

Oct 202014
 

Lee Clark felt Birmingham City deserved better than another home defeat.

His side lost 1-0 to Bolton Wanderers and finished with Lee Novak in goal for the final eight minutes after Darren Randolph’s sending-off.

Craig Davies missed the subsequent penalty for the visitors.

But the Blues boss felt his players warranted something from the match, not least the superb Demarai Gray and Koby Arthur.

“Yes, I think so, we deserved something.

“But we gave a really poor goal away, from a corner.

“You win so many games at all levels from set-plays.

“And Matt Mills didn’t just have half a yard, he had a couple of yards.

Birmingham's David Davis challenges Jay Spearing of Bolton VIEW GALLERY  

“It was one of our experienced players he lost, as well.

“We are frustrated with that.

“But, especially with my two young players, we looked a threat all afternoon.

“They were our mainstays in terms of the chances they made and the way they tried to get us back in the game.”

Randolph took down Davies to concede the penalty, after Paul Caddis played a pass short.

Caddis appeared to have been fouled by Davies before he coughed up possession.

“The penalty decision (and red card) was spot on,” said Clark, who could barely disguise his unhappiness at  referee Mark Haywood’s performance otherwise during the match.

“A foul (on Caddis)? You can’t say one week that tackling is going out of the game and then have a little bit of an old fashioned shoulder charge and be upset with that.

Birmingham's Clayton Donaldson outjumps Bolton's Dorian Dervite Birmingham’s Clayton Donaldson outjumps Bolton’s Dorian Dervite

“They were both the right decisions.”

“The goalkeeper has got to come and make a decision, hasn’t he?” Clark added.

“If he doesn’t the lad ends up having a one on one.

“It’s very much against the ‘keeper. He has got to make a quickfire decision, if he feels he can get the ball.

“Davies was quite quick on it.

“The players kept going, even after that.

“We put a bit of pressure on. But it wasn’t to be.

Andy Lonergan pulled off a brilliant stop from Gray with 11 minutes left, tipping his fierce drive onto the crossbar.

Clark said: “It would have been a great save just from a normal shot but it took a deflection off Jay Spearing.

“So for him (Lonergan) to change his momentum like that and put it onto the bar, it was a fantastic save.

“David Cotterill has also hit the bar with a free-kick, the two youngsters have had opportunities as well.

“But it seems to be that way at the moment for us. Especially at home. We are not getting our rewards.

“We went quite attack-minded at the start of the game and certainly by the end, before the sending-off, we had Lee Novak playing central midfield and the two youngsters wide.”

Oct 202014
 

Lee Clark felt Birmingham City deserved better than another home defeat.

His side lost 1-0 to Bolton Wanderers and finished with Lee Novak in goal for the final eight minutes after Darren Randolph’s sending-off.

Craig Davies missed the subsequent penalty for the visitors.

But the Blues boss felt his players warranted something from the match, not least the superb Demarai Gray and Koby Arthur.

“Yes, I think so, we deserved something.

“But we gave a really poor goal away, from a corner.

“You win so many games at all levels from set-plays.

“And Matt Mills didn’t just have half a yard, he had a couple of yards.

Birmingham's David Davis challenges Jay Spearing of Bolton VIEW GALLERY  

“It was one of our experienced players he lost, as well.

“We are frustrated with that.

“But, especially with my two young players, we looked a threat all afternoon.

“They were our mainstays in terms of the chances they made and the way they tried to get us back in the game.”

Randolph took down Davies to concede the penalty, after Paul Caddis played a pass short.

Caddis appeared to have been fouled by Davies before he coughed up possession.

“The penalty decision (and red card) was spot on,” said Clark, who could barely disguise his unhappiness at  referee Mark Haywood’s performance otherwise during the match.

“A foul (on Caddis)? You can’t say one week that tackling is going out of the game and then have a little bit of an old fashioned shoulder charge and be upset with that.

Birmingham's Clayton Donaldson outjumps Bolton's Dorian Dervite Birmingham’s Clayton Donaldson outjumps Bolton’s Dorian Dervite

“They were both the right decisions.”

“The goalkeeper has got to come and make a decision, hasn’t he?” Clark added.

“If he doesn’t the lad ends up having a one on one.

“It’s very much against the ‘keeper. He has got to make a quickfire decision, if he feels he can get the ball.

“Davies was quite quick on it.

“The players kept going, even after that.

“We put a bit of pressure on. But it wasn’t to be.

Andy Lonergan pulled off a brilliant stop from Gray with 11 minutes left, tipping his fierce drive onto the crossbar.

Clark said: “It would have been a great save just from a normal shot but it took a deflection off Jay Spearing.

“So for him (Lonergan) to change his momentum like that and put it onto the bar, it was a fantastic save.

“David Cotterill has also hit the bar with a free-kick, the two youngsters have had opportunities as well.

“But it seems to be that way at the moment for us. Especially at home. We are not getting our rewards.

“We went quite attack-minded at the start of the game and certainly by the end, before the sending-off, we had Lee Novak playing central midfield and the two youngsters wide.”

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