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Preview: Blues v Bolton Wanderers

We're playing against a team that's in a relegation fight but it's not too long ago that we were in the same position, so we know what they're thinking.

Garry Monk

Our full match preview ahead of tonight's Sky Bet Championship fixture against the Trotters at the St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium (7.45pm kick-off).

Garry Monk looking back on the win against QPR at the weekend...
"The most important part was the three points and getting back to back wins. The turning point for me was their goal just before half-time and that gave QPR momentum and belief that they needed and credit to them for fighting back."

Garry Monk on the part the travelling Blues fans played at Loftus Road and their ongoing support...
"Credit to our fans as well. That second period at QPR it's difficult to watch when you're on the sides but they tried to give them the huge effort that they have all season, and that vocal support to get us through it contributed for sure. And on Tuesday at St. Andrew's we're going to need the same. Every game is so hard now and there are going to be huge battles and momentum swings and all that stuff."

Garry Monk on coming up against Bolton side fighting relegation...
"We've got a really important game now on Tuesday. We're now three games unbeaten and we want to put ourselves on a run of points. The players are giving everything they've got. We're playing against a team that's in a relegation fight but it's not too long ago that we were in the same position, so we know what they're thinking and we need to focus on doing the work that we need to do and we need to try and put in the performance to get us another three points."

Bolton Manager Phil Parkinson's comments ahead of the game...
"We are not going to walk off the pitch at any point and say we’ve won but we’ve been below par. We have to be right at it. That is what I am expecting. That’s what the fans will expect as well. We need to get some points on the board this week to give everybody a lift at the training ground and the supporters. We beat them earlier in the season, we know what type of game it is going to be. Birmingham are not the kind of team who’ll bowl the ball out and play from the back. They are a competitive team who get the ball up to Jutkiewicz quickly and we have to be ready to contend with that. They have used pretty much the same personnel – Jota and Maghoma either side – even though they have played a diamond in midfield over the last few games. We know what to expect from them. We know it will be a tough game and we have to match them.”

Blues team news...
Marc Roberts (calf) and Charlie Lakin (thigh) are the only players unavailable.

Bolton team news...
Luca Connell will miss the game because of a calf injury. Jack Hobbs (Achilles), Yanic Wildschut (ankle) and Joe Williams (thigh) are also sidelined. On-loan Blues full-back Jonathan Ground is ineligible to play against his parent club.

Last five meetings between Blues and Bolton...
Championship 22 Aug 2018 Bolton 1 Blues 0
Championship 03 Apr 2018 Bolton 0 Blues 1
Championship 15 Aug 2017 Blues 0 Bolton 0
Championship 23 Feb 2016 Blues 1 Bolton 0
Championship 20 Oct 2015 Bolton 0 Blues 1

Form guide. Last five Championship fixtures....
Blues: LLDWW
Bolton: LLDLL

Total meetings...
Blues wins: 45
Bolton wins: 52
Draws: 34

Ticket news...
Tickets are on general sale and priced at just £10 for adults, £5 for seniors/19-24, £5 for 16-18 and £1 for Under-16s. Click here for details.

BluesTV…
BluesTV will be broadcasting live from the St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium. UK and international supporters can purchase a live stream of this game on a pay-per-view basis for just £10. Existing international package subscribers will not need to purchase a pay-per-view package, as it is included within their current subscription. Click here for details.

Match officials…
Referee Andy Davies will take charge of tonight's game. So far this season, the Hampshire-based official has refereed 26 games where he has produced a total of 87 yellow cards and six reds. The last Blues game he refereed was our Championship away game at Wolves in April 2018. Blues lost that match 2-0. Michael Morrison and Jonathan Grounds were booked, with Harlee Dean receiving a straight red in the 52nd minute for a challenge on Helder Costa. The last Trotters game he took charge of was their 3-0 home league defeat to Nottingham Forest in October 2018. Three players were cautioned in that game; including Jason Lowe for the hosts. Mr Davies will be assisted on Tuesday by Paul Hodskinson and Darren Blunden with Jeremy Simpson acting as the fourth official.

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