ALEX Neil has warned his side not to be fooled by Wanderers’ struggles this season.

The Preston North End boss has watched Bolton closely of late and has been impressed with how they have dragged themselves out of the bottom three.

“They are very direct in the way they play and are very well organised,” said the Scot. “In the main they have dropped off teams and made it difficult for them – teams have had to break then down. Saying that, they did the opposite against Fulham the other week, they high-pressed and went after them.

“They have managed to go to some difficult venues against good teams and get results.

“We should not be fooled by any means into thinking this should be easy game, it will be anything but.

“It will be a really tough match.”

Neil has also taken note that Wanderers have pegged back some of the Championship’s big-hitters in recent weeks.

“Bolton drew 1-1 against Fulham and 0-0 with Norwich, both very technical teams who can break you down,” he said. “They deserve huge amount of credit for being that well organised.

“In their side they have a couple of individual match winners.

“The boy Sammy Ameobi has been excellent at times, Adam Le Fondre has popped up with a couple of goals.”