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27 April 2013


There's a party going on this Saturday afternoon at the Cardiff City Stadium and if you have a Bolton Wanderers away ticket, you have an invite. Whether you want to stay for the sausage-on-sticks, however, will probably depend upon the result of the preceding football match. Cardiff City, as we already know, are the Championship champions- win, lose or draw. Malky Mackay's men have been as consistent as they have been unspectacular on their way to winning the title, but nobody can deny they deserve their newly crowned status. With nothing more to play for than giving the home supporters value for money in their last home game of the season, the manager has guaranteed no easy ride for the Trotters. On the flip-side of Mackay's rallying cry is the mounting injury-list and bubbling temptation to blood the youth of Cardiff's crop. Either way, the inexperienced, experimental or forced, unfamiliar team-sheet Mackay pits against Wanderers come 3pm must favour the away side. Dougie has seen and raised Mackay's hand by stating he has some youth talent of his own to blood and may unleash them on his Red Dragons this weekend. Whether this is a bluff remains to be seen, but whatever the team-sheets look like come Saturday afternoon, a win for the Whites would keep their hopes very much alive for a play-off place. The question is: if Cardiff go 0-1 down during the match, how much desire will they have to get back on terms? The answer to this question will determine how many points the gate-crashers leave the party with.

Vital Quotes:

'It`s like a light switch, you`re either on or off... We must go and win. We can`t take any chances. The teams behind us could win. I know we`ll know the Leicester result but therefore the pressure will be coming from behind, and that hasn`t happened so far this season. It has been about us catching up. I need to approach the game in such a way that in the last 10 minutes I might have to throw a centre-half up front to get me a goal. At this particular stage of the season, wins are pretty much the only thing you need.' Dougie fearing pressure from behind...the hunter has become the hunted. He's going all-out for a win... good, good.
'We must respect the division and other clubs. There is a lot riding on matches tomorrow, for Bolton and other clubs vying for play-off places. We will be open and transparent in the way we go about things, prepare as we always prepare. Just look at the battle for play-off places - and the number of clubs involved near the foot of the table. That makes this league so exciting. There are still challenges everywhere, at the top and near the bottom. For our part we want to finish this season on a high.' I'm sure Malky Mackay means it but how much does he believe it? Time will tell.

Cardiff City Team News:

Leon Barnett has been recalled by parent-club Norwich, Nicky Maynard is still playing behind-closed-doors matches and Matt Connolly is still crocked. Oh, Frazier Campbell will be assessed but is unlikely to feature. We've still got to contend with Craig Bellamy, probably, so hold off the cheering just yet.

Player to watch: Craig Bellamy

It's got to be, hasn't it? The native Cardiffian will run, run and run some more if the result isn't going the way of his boyhood club. Even if every other member of his team are dreaming of the Premiership, Bellamy will know what it's like to be sat in the home stands. If he's not bothered, they may as well call off the match and mail us the points, recorded delivery.

Bolton Wanderers Team News:

The Whites will be without Spearing and Ngog for the remainder of the regular season. Stu.S.A may get the nod in Jay's absence and Eaves is almost assured of at least a place on the bench with Ngog's injury and SKD's exclusion. There may be a place for young Zach Clough in the squad for the trip to Cardiff. Exciting times to be a Wanderer.

Player to watch: Dougie Freedman

It's been a few years since our manager has been the 'player to watch'. There are a few players I could have mentioned but I don't think tomorrow will come down to any one individual on the pitch. Keeping 26000 home fans from caring about the result is going to be key in winning this football match. If the crowd don't care the team won't care. Cardiff are there for the taking and if Dougie plays it right tomorrow, we'll be out the back-door with the points in the bag. No rash challenges, no silly mistakes and respect for the Champions' supporters and Dougie will masterminded the desired outcome.

Match Facts & Stats

Bolton Wanderers have played Cardiff City 66 times in their histories. Wanderers hold a 34 win lead to Cardiff's 21, with 11 draws. It's the first time we've visited the Cardiff City Stadium so this is unknown territory for the players and fans.

Match Prediction:

This could be the easiest game of the season or it could be the toughest. I honestly think they're there for the taking and if Dougie manages to keep the crowd out of it, it'll be a stroll in the Welsh Valleys... 0-2 to the visitors.

Next Fixtures:

As a kid, I always wanted Blackpool to come to Bolton. Not exactly what I had in mind but all the same... Blackpool at the Reebok for what could be a must-win game. I know you'll be there...

Date:Friday April 26 2013
Time: 8:10PM

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bwfc_85, is there anyway i could send the guest article i wrote, too you. not heard back from al, sent it on sunday. sent it through email too - cheers, keep up the good work.
26/04/2013 20:52:00
wow...Thank you watford!!!!! it's in our hands. come on you white men!!!
26/04/2013 22:04:00
So Watford did us a favour and defeated Leicester. That means that if we can beat Cardiff, the only thing that can stop us guaranteeing a play-off place is Forest's trip to Millwall. It's entirely possible, of course, that both us and Forest lose, which would leave us needing to win on the final day. As much as it makes me nervous, that's what I'm predicting...
26/04/2013 22:07:00
the gods are still smiling on us, looking forward to reading the article from bowton - who speaks from the heart, enjoy everything he says. Obviously hoping results go our way today, at least keeping our nose in front. Better go and give my glasses a good clean !
aussie mike
27/04/2013 07:20:00
So now very seriously what is the best way to follow today's game for someone not located close enough to pickup GMR or KeyFM ? I have wanderers player, but the commentary is a bit boring and am interested in alternatives. am happy to pay subscription if necessary ie not looking for a hookey feed. Hope our players hold their nerve today, I'm certainly nervous ! But the Leicester result is very helpful. Just need Forest to capitulate....
27/04/2013 07:59:00
Looking forward to Bowtons article too, and nice write up bwfc ! This forum is going from strength to strength
27/04/2013 08:01:00
These sort of games can swing either way, although agree this is probably the best time to play Cardiff, both from the point of our form and their being in celebration mode. Bellamy is a talisman for them and I've rarely seen him looking not bothered, so that is indeed a worry as he will get them going if they don't look up for it. I don't see this one being at all easy but hopefully the party factor and our desire will get us a result as I think we'll need at least a point to fend off Forest. Great to hear Dougie's fighting talk and really exciting to see the element of surprise the young strikers could give us. Overall I'm 7/10 optimistic for this one. Chicory, the best place to follow this game will be from behind the sofa and probably under quite a lot of cushions!
Skopelos Chris
27/04/2013 10:16:00
I'm (rather unfortunately) working today and as a result I'm missing the game. I did manage to have a recurring dream where we won 2-1 after going behind to Bellamy scoring early on and every time the final whistle went I woke up. I'm knackered today. Seeing as I've already watched this match four times I think I'm going to have a little flutter...
27/04/2013 10:57:00
Chicory Coffee - I could not go today and will be listening to Tower FM on the radio. For some licencing reasons they and GMR cannot transmit on their websites. Agree that the Wanderers player commentator Phil Gittins? is the most terrible, droning, no excitement, football commentator I have ever heard. Not on any of the reckognised internet free sites so you could watch the twitter feed from @bwfc, @towerFMsport, watch the live comments from Marc Iles on the Bolton News site, watch the live comments on Yahoo or the BBC Sport/Football websites. Good luck!
27/04/2013 11:18:00
Keep up the good work bwfc_85! Appreciate your efforts and good writing skills.
27/04/2013 11:19:00
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