The Football Manc Cave is looking at what Keith Hill needs to work on in training in order to try and get his first win as Bolton manager.
To Bolton fans, he’s already a legend. He’s come into a club who nearly went under and he has completely turned the football around with a bunch of brand new players. He is already beating the odds because he’s getting a side to take points from the bigger clubs in League One.
Hill has a lot of experience in these lower leagues and completely understands what he needs to do to achieve success. So just like the majority of our fans, I am completely behind him.
Even though he’s taking points from clubs like Blackpool and Sunderland, he’s yet to achieve his first three points. With how his side is looking, it will come soon.
What 3 things can he work on to make sure 3 points start to come?
We’ve got a lot of new players who all seem fit, ready to go and are exciting. However, Hill spoke to the Bolton News about how he didn’t think the player’s fitness was at the level he wanted. So even though it’s not something that fans are picking up on, he knows exactly what is required and my guess is that fitness will be something he works on now.
It’s also a hard subject for some of his players, the youngsters in the squad who had to step up early in the season need to stay healthy as well as physically fit. Their welfare is now at interest as they had gone from just playing in the development squad to sometimes three games a week which was a test for them.
However, Hill and his coaching team know exactly how to tackle the situation and some of these players will be hard at work to impress in training.
Set Pieces and Attacking
At the start of the season, the defence seemed to be the biggest issue, however, that seems to be under control now. *Touches wood.* Now shots on target and the attack need a little more work. While we have players that are now capable of scaring oppositions defence, chances seem to be falling short.
Some may disagree but I’m seeing greed quite a few times in games. This has probably come from frustration in trying to find the back of the net.
Keeping Their Cool
This might again relate to fitness although it is a slightly different point. Like most fans for any club, I get nervous towards the final quarter of the game because I always think we’re going to mess it up.
However, for Bolton, this is something that’s getting better but still needs some work. We were just about to take all 3 points from Sunderland and narrowly missed out due to giving a penalty away in the last minutes of the game. I think that this comes from pressure and nerves within the team.