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Bolton should line up like this tonight as they search for their first win under Hill

Bolton Wanderers Keith Hill

Keith Hill’s Bolton side are about to face Blackpool tonight. The Football Manc Cave is looking at how the Trotters side should line up.

Before the kick-off at the University of Bolton Stadium tonight at 8 pm, we are looking at which players should get to start in trying to keep Keith Hill’s sides performance strong.

They have proven recently that they’re turning things around and just looking at the transformation in their score sheets each week confirms that. They recently managed a draw with Rochdale in the Football League Trophy, after a 1-1, they only lost on penalties.

Their 1-0 loss to Portsmouth was unfortunate as it only came in the second half after a great performance again. Another frustrating scoreline was when they drew 1-1 with Sunderland, as it looked like they would take all three points until they gave a penalty away. Bolton’s first win is on the cards.

Blackpool is currently 5th in the league and are on 19 points. It’s going to be a hard match for Bolton, however, Blackpool’s most recent form looks like this; 2-1 win against Lincoln, 1-1 draw with Accrington Stanley and won 1-0 against Doncaster. Even though they’re on good form, they’re not scoring loads of goals each week and it’s only small score sheets like 1-0 wins.

This is something Bolton could take advantage of and try to get a point out of it. Here’s how I think Keith Hill should line his team up…

Remi Matthews obviously deserves his place in goal and that won’t change. The defence should line up with Josh Emmanuel on the right, Yoan Zouma and Jack Hobbs in the middle and Adam Chicksen on the left. These four seem to do well together.

Jack Hobbs has had a great season so far and even though Yoan Zouma gave away the penalty against Sunderland. I think starting him is the right thing to do, it will help with his confidence and keep him going mentally.

Bolton’s midfield

In midfield, Liam Bridcutt obviously should go out as Captain in the middle as he’s proving to be a great leader and motivation for the rest of the midfield. Jason Lowe should accompany him with Ali Crawford and Will Buckley and Thibaud Verlinden on each wing.

Keith Hill has been working on fitness within the squad and even though Verlinden is excellent on the ball, he was replaced against Rochdale in the 61st minute by Dennis Politic. This is another sensible decision as the pair are both great additions to the team and should both be given a chance but we don’t want either to get injured.

Bolton attack

Upfront should be Daryl Murphy. He’s a new signing who has been out but now is fit again. He does have some competition now though however as Bolton signed Joe Dodoo this week.

If Keith Hill sticks to his sensible style of planning, he will probably keep him on the bench for his first game with the Whites and only bring him on in the second half but we will see later tonight.

Free-agent fails to impress for Bolton Wanderers, but there is still time

The Football Manc Cave is looking at how Bolton Wanderers new defender, Adam Chicksen performed last weekend.

Just like any other match, the Bolton Wanderers Twitter feed was full of team news, warm-up videos and news before Saturday’s clash with Rotherham. And then a little signing announcement was made. Bolton signed a free agent and ex Bradford player, Adam Chicksen.

Fans reacted to this news quite sarcastically, someone even asked if he had signed the contract on the coach on the way to the game, as there was literally no news of this until it happened. Expectations for the defender were very low, with some saying he was the worst defender they’d ever seen. Not a very hopeful signing for a team who are in desperate need for a good defence.

Thrown straight into the action

The 27-year-old left-back was thrown straight into the mix of the starting line up on Saturday. This came after Joe Bunney was involved in a car crash and couldn’t play this weekend, so desperate recruitment was needed.

With expectations already at a low, the scoreline of the game kind of speaks for itself. A 6-1 loss shows that the defence needs work. It’s not just the new defender who is the issue, all of the defence were unorganised. Chasing the ball and a number of players were running after the same opposition player a lot of the time.

It’s going to take a few weeks before fans will be able to give a proper reaction to his performances, as he will need to get some more playing time in first. He might be rated quite low but Keith Hill is working closely with the squad he has and trying his best to get results. Hopefully, Chicksen will adapt to his role for his time with us, while Joe Bunney recovers and he’ll be a worth while signing… I just can’t see him doing a great job.