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Preview: Bolton Wanderers v Burnley

26 February 2016

Burnley are flying high in the Sky Bet Championship after extending their unbeaten run to double figures with a 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night.

Sam Vokes’ goal made it six in nine for the forward and a fourth successive clean sheet was racked up at the opposite end.

They travel to a Bolton Wanderers side who sit 23rd in the table and are in need of the points for entirely different reasons.

In the reverse fixture at Turf Moor, the Clarets ran out 2-0 winners after a double from Andre Gray.

Bolton go into the game having picked up four points out of six so far at home in the month of January and they were denied victory against QPR with a late Matt Phillips strike, after Zach Clough’s stunning strike
had given them the lead.

Home form is likely to be important for the Trotters in the run in, and Neil Lennon’s men have lost just once in their last six at the Macron.

Last time out, they lost 1-0 to Birmingham City on the road and they’ll be looking to get back to winning ways to help their survival bid.

(Last five games in all competitions)

Burnley: DWDWW

Bolton Wanderers: DWLDL

Young striker Zach Clough came close to leaving the Macron Stadium in January, but chose to stay and help Wanderers.

An academy graduate, Clough burst on to the scene after being handed his first-team debut in January 2015 against Wigan Athletic.

He scored 6 goals in 10 appearances in the 2014/15 season including braces against Watford and Wolves.

This season, he has four goals in 17 appearances and scored a stunning effort against QPR that looked to have secured a vital win.

Burnley (Gray 56’, 68’) 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

Burnley: Heaton; Darikwa, Duff, Keane, Mee; Boyd (Taylor 63’), Barton, Jones, Arfield; Vokes, Gray (Long 87)

Subs: Gilks, Ward, Lowton, Hennings, Kightly

Bolton: Amos; Osede, Dervite, Wheater, Casado; Silva (Dobbie 83), Pratley, Danns (Heskey 68), Spearing (Davies 36), Feeney; Madine

Subs: Rachubka, Gouano, Vela, Clayton

Attendance: 17,632 (1762 away)

Ref: G. Scott

Michael Keane will be monitored closely before a judgement call is made on his availability after he missed Tuesday’s game against Forest with a head injury.

Lloyd Dyer is contuining to make good progress and is getting closer to being involved after a good week of work.

Michael Duff (knee) and Dean Marney (calf) will miss out again with niggling injuries, while Matt Gilks remains out with an elbow injury.

Ashley Barnes is set to begin full training after nearly nine months out with a cruciate knee ligament injury.

Gary Madine is back in Bolton's squad after being left out of the Birmingham match, while Ben Amos (ankle) is out.

Paul Rachubka is set to deputise for Amos while Jay Spearing will have an injection on his toe in order to play.

Referee Stephen Martin will take charge of tomorrow’s Sky Bet Championship fixture against Bolton Wanderers.

The Staffordshire official has officiated 25 games so far this season, issuing 61 yellow cards and 4 red cards in the process.

The last Clarets game he refereed was our 5-0 victory over MK Dons in January.

Two players were booked on that occasion, Ben Mee and Joey Barton for the Clarets, while Anthony Kay saw red.

Mr Martin will be assisted by Glen Hart and Christopher Akers will run the line, while Peter Bankes is the fourth official.

Sean Dyche: “Our focus is on ourselves. We're aware of every team in this division and we know it's a tough one. We've been through it before and we're showing a good focus on that and we will do again.

"That's what will be needed, a good performance in order to get what we want.

“I’ve seen them live and on coverage when we analyse games. They’ve got some really decent players who have played at high levels and we don’t take anyone lightly.

Neil Lennon: “Burnley are one of the top teams in the division and know how to get out of it.

“There's 13 games to go. We're seven points behind and I still think another team will drop into it. We've not given up."

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