Essential reading on this weekend's opponents
Nickname: The Trotters
Manager: Neil Lennon
Ground: Macron Stadium
Fastest road route from Carrow Road: 221 miles (4 hours 7 minutes)
The Trotters, in their third year at this level after 11 seasons in the top flight, were bottom of the Sky Bet Championship on Neil Lennon’s appointment in October.
An impressive 3-0 win over Cardiff City on Easter Monday increased their points tally to 49, however, and they’re now a comfortable 13 clear of the drop-zone with only five matches to play.
Ahead of Saturday’s game, it is Bolton’s home form that has hauled them to safety – they’ve lost only once in their last 13 league matches at the Macron Stadium, a 4-3 reverse to Watford in February.
They trail Norwich in the head-to-head record between the two teams, with City’s 2-1 victory at Carrow Road earlier in the season their 18th win to Bolton’s 16.
They have two former Canaries in their squad: Marc Tierney (2011-13) and Andy Hughes (2005-07). Hughes, while still registered as a player, is focussing on his role as a Development Coach in the Club’s Academy, while Tierney is yet to make an appearance in 2014-15 after undergoing ankle surgery in November.
Neil Lennon finally returned to football management when he was unveiled as Bolton manager in October.
Lennon had been working as a media pundit since leaving Celtic the previous May after four successful years in charge of the Glasgow club.
He twice guided the Hoops to the Champions’ League group stages and won three league championships and two Scottish Cups during his tenure, and was been heavily linked with a number of Premier League and Championship jobs.
On joining the Trotters, Lennon said: “I've got a big job on my hands, but that's the challenge. I'm very excited about that.”
As a tenacious midfielder, he starred in memorable periods for both Leicester City and Celtic, making over 550 league appearances in a 19-year career.
He was also capped 40 times by his native Northern Ireland, scoring twice.
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Goalkeepers: Adam Bogdan, Ben Amos, Andy Lonergan, Ross Fitzsimons.
Defenders: Kevin McNaughton, Dean Moxey, Matt Mills (c), Tim Ream, Dorian Dervite, Marc Tierney, David Wheater, Hayden White, Oscar Threlkeld, Saidy Janko.
Midfielders: Liam Feeney, Mark Davies, Liam Trotter, Neil Danns, Diogo Rochinha, Darren Pratley, Josh Vela, Andy Hughes, Filip Twardzik, Barry Bannan, Simeon Slavchev.
Forwards: Adam Le Fondre, Rob Hall, Max Clayton, Emile Heskey, Eidur Gudjohnsen, Craig Davies, Tom Eaves, Zach Clough.
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