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GAMEDAY – Bolton at Home
Blues return to league action after a free weekend caused by Leeds’ continued participation in the FA Cup. Gary Rowett’s men will be hoping that they can return to winning ways to jump start their playoff hopes.
The Trotters lie in 23rd place on 25 points, only ahead of bottom club Charlton due to their vastly superior goal difference. They come into the game on the back of a disappointing 1-1 draw following Matt Phillips’ last gasp equaliser.
Ben Amos is a doubt having picked up a knock in that game while former Blues forward Emile Heskey misses out with a hip injury. Liam Trotter, David Wheater and Max Clayton are all out with hamstring problems.
James Vaughan and David Cotterill are both fully fit to face Bolton, while Charlee Adams and Viv Solomon-Otabor could also be in contention having missed Monday’s u21 game against Nottingham Forest. Nicolai Brock-Madsen however remains sidelined having now tweaked his quad.
This is the kind of game Blues must win if they are to mount a serious challenge for the top; while Bolton haven’t been in the worst form of late they have not won an away match since April 6.
Scott Duncan is in the middle for this game. He’s taken charge of 24 games so far this season, showing 60 yellow cards and two reds. The last game involving Blues he took charge of was the 1-1 draw with Leeds United in September 2014, when he booked Demarai Gray and Wes Thomas for Blues.
One red card (three match suspension served): James Vaughan
9 Yellow Cards: Maikel Kieftenbeld
8 Yellow Cards: Stephen Gleeson
5 Yellow Cards: Jonathan Grounds
4 Yellow Cards: David Davis, Jon Toral, Paul Robinson and Paul Caddis
3 Yellow Cards: David Cotterill, Michael Morrison and James Vaughan
2 Yellow Cards: Jonathan Spector and Neal Eardley
1 Yellow Card: Tomasz Kuszczak, and Clayton Donaldson
The cutoff date for 5 yellow cards to attract a suspension is November 30, 2015
The cutoff date for 10 yellow cards to attract a suspension is March 13, 2016