Preview: Blues v Bolton Wanderers

Blues have won each of their last three league meetings against Bolton 1-0 - the best winning run since September 1965.


A full match preview of Tuesday's Blues v Bolton Wanderers Sky Bet Championship match at St. Andrew's (kick-off 7.45pm).

Harry Redknapp on new signing Isaac Vassell
"I think he’s one for the future and I think anything he achieves this year is a bonus for us. But he’s a player with potential and hopefully he can come in and be a big asset to the Club for a few years to come. He’s very very quick and he’s come from non-league into Luton and done very well. As I’ve said, we’ve really brought him in with an eye for the future and for this year he’ll be an asset for us, because he can unsettle anybody. He’s lightning quick. I’m looking forward to getting him involved."

Harry Redknapp on Isaac Vassell's attributes
"He’s quick, he’s strong and I’m looking forward to getting him in. I love a bit of pace and I love people who can do things. We’ve brought him in with an eye for the future but let’s hope the future comes as quick as it can. If he comes in and does what we’re hoping to do, gets in the team, then that’s a big bonus for us."

Harry Redknapp on Che Adams' injury
"Che’s done a hamstring so we just don’t know really (how long he will be out for) at the moment. He’s going for a scan and we’ll see the result of the scan. Lukas Jutkiewicz is available. I don’t know if he’s available for 90 minutes, because at the moment we can’t afford to break him down. He’s had a calf strain but he’s back in the squad which is good news."

Harry Redknapp's view on Bolton Wanderers
"Well it’s a big game and we’ve got a couple of big games this week. We need to build on that win on Saturday now and get some good points this week out of the two games. Every game in this league is tough I think and everyone competes and are difficult to beat. Bolton won’t be any different. I’ve got a lot of respect for their manager who is an outstanding manager, so they’ll be well organised and have a real good go. They play three at the back, they’re strong, good on set-plays and Phil Parkinson's got the maximum of what he’s got there.
He’s done a great job there, so it’ll be a tough game for us. You’ll have to work hard to get anything out of them but on Saturday, in all honesty, we stuck with it and it wasn’t easy in that first-half. They were good Bristol City. But we bounced back after that early goal and to get the win with everything transpiring against us - three injuries, a sending-off - it couldn’t have been much worse but we came through it in the end and showed a lot of character."

Harry Redknapp on Maikel Kieftenbeld's red card, since rescinded on appeal
"We looked at it again and I wouldn’t have appealed if I didn’t think it was (worth it), but he’s come in and it’s a sideways tackle. It’s not a straight leg tackle, a studs up tackle, he’s tried to hook the ball. I couldn’t see a red card."

Harry Redknapp on Blues fighting spirit
"Well you need that don’t you? That was what kept us up at the last few games of the season. You have to show it every week and you look back over the year it was missing for a long part of the season as we wouldn’t have been in the position we were in. I wouldn’t be stood here now. But we’ve got to have that work, desire and I think it’s been shown. Players like Clayton Donaldson has not stopped working, the last couple of games I think he’s been excellent. He was our only striker when Che went off and he was up there on his own. He really put a shift in so with that type of attitude everybody will be OK."

Blues team news
Lukas Jutkiewicz is fit and in the squad again after a calf injury. Isaac Vassell is eligible to be involved after his transfer from Luton Town.
Jonathan Grounds and David Davis, both of whom came off at half-time on Saturday, are OK and Maikel Kieftenbeld, sent-off against Bristol
City, has had his red card rescinded.
Che Adams is out due to a hamstring pull sustained in the 2-1 win over the Robins.
Cheick Keita (groin) remains sidelined.

Bolton team news
Josh Vela (ankle) and Sammy Ameobi (knee) are both out but David Wheater (back) is battling to be fit for the Trotters. Filipe Morais
aggravated his knee after a goalkscoring effective cameo appearance in the 1-1 draw at Millwall on Saturday.

Key stat
Bolton have failed to score in their last three league meetings against Blues, for the first time since 1949. They have never gone four consecutive league games without scoring against Blues.

Watch or listen
BluesTV will be broadcasting live from St. Andrew's.
UK & Ireland customers will be able to listen to live commentary of the game.
INTERNATIONAL subscribers can watch the match exclusively live on BluesTV.
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Ticket details
Supporters can pay on the gate at entrances 3, 4 (Tilton Road), 5, 6 (Kop).

Match officials
Referee: Darren England. Assistants: Billy Smallwood, Mark Russell. Fourth official: Andy Woolmer.

Road closures
Supporters are reminded that for an hour before kick-off and then 15 minutes before the final whistle and for around 45 minutes there are road closures, from the bottom of Coventry Road by McDonalds to the Garrison Lane junction on Cattell Road.

Supporter behaviour
The Club urges all supporters to refrain from anti-social behaviour and conduct themselves in the correct manner at all our games, inside and outside the ground. The overwhelming majority of our support is well behaved, law-abiding and the passionate backing the team receives is greatly appreciated. However, as a Club we have a zero-tolerance policy regarding anti-social behaviour and spectator misconduct. This includes - amongst other things - drunkenness, throwing of coins and use and carrying of pyrotechnics (flares, smoke bombs), racist and/or homophobic chanting. In particular, the throwing of coins and other missiles is extremely dangerous and is not tolerated whatsoever. This is a very serious offence and any supporter identified to have committed this and other such acts will be banned
by the Club and subject to the possibility of criminal prosecution. Birmingham City Football Club will continue to work closely with the police, football authorities and ground authorities to stamp out all types spectator misconduct. We would also like to remind supporters that if there are incidents of this nature in the future the Football Association have the power to impose a serious financial penalty on the Club and order matches to be played behind closed doors. The Club urges all supporters to assist us and help eradicate unlawful practices.
Thank you.

Important safety advice
Blues have been working closely with the police and the EFL, over the summer, to review security at St. Andrew's. Now we are asking you to do your bit.
Following the dreadful Manchester Arena bombing in May, stadium managers from clubs have been briefed by counter terrorism police.
It is vital that everyone - players, staff and supporters - remain vigilant and report any concerns to stewards or police.

Attacks might be rare, and the chance of you being caught up in one unlikely, but the message is #ActionCountersTerrorism.

Here's a quick reminder of what you can do to help keep yourself and others safe:
• Arrive early, allowing more time for security checks
• Minimise what you carry, fewer bag searches will speed up entry to the ground
• Be vigilant at all times and if you see anything suspicious, tell a steward right away
• If you see anything that could pose an immediate threat to safety, call 999
• In an emergency, listen to the Public Address instructions and follow them
• If told to evacuate, do so immediately, do not wait around to film events on your mobile
• Move right away from the stadium as quickly as possible for your safety and to allow clear access for any emergency vehicles
• Once you are safe, follow the local police force on Twitter for updates


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