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Opposition Profile - Bolton Wanderers

23 December 2015

We take a brief look at the Trotters..

Rotherham have the chance to serve up a late Christmas treat as the Millers can move out of the relegation zone with a win at home to Bolton Wanderers on Boxing Day.

The Trotters are bottom of the league having registered just one victory all season. Off-the-pitch matters are gloomy too, as the players haven’t been paid since November with the club £172.9m in debt.

With Bolton’s solitary victory of the season coming back in September, the Boxing Day match at the AESSEAL New York Stadium represents a big chance for Rotherham to claim all three points.

Major honours
•    FA Cup: 1923, 1926, 1929, 1958

League position
24th

One to watch – Zach Clough
Zach Clough started the season as one of Bolton’s few bright lights, but the youngster then spent three months on the sidelines with a shoulder injury suffered in a 0-0 draw with Sheffield Wednesday in September.

He returned in the 2-2 draw with Charlton Athletic before netting both goals in the draw with Fulham on Saturday, which ended in the same scoreline.

Despite featuring in less than 20 league games for Bolton, Clough averages a goal every other game and has shown signs of forming a lethal partnership with fellow striker Gary Madine.

Previous encounters
The two league encounters between Rotherham and Bolton last season produced 11 goals, so let’s hope we’re in for a goalfest again on Boxing Day.

Ben Pringle, Conor Sammon, Paul Green     and Matt Derbyshire all netted in a resounding 4-2 home win for the Millers in January, while season’s earlier tie ended in a 3-2 loss at the Macron Stadium as Joe Mason scored a hat-trick.

Likely Lineup
Amos; Holding, Gouano, Wheater, Moxey; Spearing, Pratley, Feeney, Davies; Madine, Clough.

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