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Two in, two out for Bolton Wanderers tonight against Bristol Rovers

Bolton Wanderers Keith Hill

Things looked as though they were changing at Bolton. Keith Hill’s side completely transformed. However, they lost 3-1 to Rochdale at the weekend in a poor performance.

The Trotters went 1-0 up and things looked okay. Things then changed pretty quickly as Rochdale broke down Bolton’s defence and won 3-1.

It’s pretty poor after taking the lead. However, it was clear to see which players made mistakes.

There wasn’t enough power behind the shots when chances were created. Then there were issues at the back too.

It’s brilliant how Keith Hill has transformed this team. However, I feel like the trial and error process is being played too much with some players and positioning.

That is why The Football Manc Cave have picked out two players who should be in the starting line up tonight. Then we’ve picked 2 who should be dropped.

Out: Adam Senior

Don’t get me wrong, I am a massive fan of the youth players at Bolton. They played really well in our toughest period as a club.

Senior is a great defender and proved that he is capable in the early stages of the season. However, if Keith Hill is going to use him, I don’t think he should start, he should just be brought on as a sub.

It was clear that he struggled in the second half against Rochdale and this is why he should be on the bench.

Out: Daryl Murphy

Murphy made his debut for Bolton a few weeks ago against Blackpool. He looked promising and like he had more to give.

However, some of the shots he managed to get against Rochdale were poor. There wasn’t enough of a connection to make an impact.

Every player has off days but Bolton now have other options up front. Murphy should be on the bench and come on if needed.

In: Joe Dodoo

A player who has made a lot of difference to the pace and up front. He actually set up Thibaud Verlinden’s goal at the weekend.

Rather than coming on as a sub, I think he should start the game. The impact he has on his team mates should be something that fans see from kick off, not just in the second half.

Chris O’Grady

Chris is another striker who is experienced. However, he’s not been given a chance yet at Bolton.

Keith Hill should give him some minutes instead of Daryl Murphy to see if there’s any difference. Even if he’s brought on in the second half, giving him some game time would be nice to see.

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.

Give them minutes: Bolton must simply give these 2 youngsters the opportunity to shine

Keith Hill has done a brilliant job with this new Bolton squad so far. It’s great to see things getting better at the University of Bolton Stadium.

As a Bolton fan, I am really proud of the young players who had to step up and play for us in difficult times. I couldn’t stress enough when we got new owners, management and new signings how much I wanted these younger players involved in the squad.

One player that I felt was up to playing for us week in, week out was Dennis Politic. I was delighted to see that Keith Hill felt the same and kept him in the starting line up. He has shone for us so far this season.

Then there are other players like Yoan Zouma. I don’t think he’s 100% ready to be in the starting line up although I do think he needs playing time.

However, he gave away a penalty in the last minutes of the game against Sunderland. He shouldn’t take too much criticism for it. It was handball and it literally could have been any player that sloppily got in the way scrambling to defend. More playing time will only build his confidence.

This is why I’ve picked out two more players who would benefit from minutes on the pitch…

Harry Brockbank

This young lad played brilliantly for us in hard times. He even went out as Captain at 20 years old. He was rewarded with a new 2-year deal to sign once the new owners took over.

I am not the only person who thinks he’s going to be a success story. Along with many fans, I think he’s deserving of the North West Football Award for Rising Star Of The Year. if you agree with me that he deserves it, you can vote here.

Adam Senior

The 17-year-old defender got his chance to shine when times were difficult for the Bolton side. He managed to impress in the 0-0 cup draw against Bradford and some even said that he was the best player on the pitch that night. Unfortunately, he missed a penalty which meant Bradford won the shootout and he will probably be quite deflated by that.

However, he shouldn’t be and this is why Keith Hill should keep giving him chances so that he can improve. At 17, he’s got a lot of time to learn and is already making a great impression so it can only get better. He is making it to the bench too so that’s positive.

Other Rising Stars

As well as these two who I would have top of my list if I was Keith Hill, there’s also goalkeeper, Matthew Alexander. Again, only 17 and played some brilliant games for us.

He is having to go on the bench as the second choice to Remi Matthews at the minute because of Ben Alnwick’s injury. However, in cup games, maybe he should be given some playing time and Matthews could have a well-deserved rest.

Ronan Darcy is another player who I would give a chance to because of his determination and hard work.

It’s all change at Bolton with this starting 11 going forward

The Football Manc Cave is looking at how Bolton Wanderers should line up now that they’ve had a host new signings and the youngsters can have a rest.

I am the first to say that changing an entire team around can be extremely dangerous to teams because players need time to gel together. However, Bolton has had it hard these first few months of the season and now that they have 9 new signings, it will be great to see them in action.

Keith Hill will be able to start afresh with new options and he’ll be able to make sure all the youngsters, who’re efforts will never be forgotten, can have some resting time to stay away from injury. So here is how I think we should line up in our next game…

I’ve picked quite a few new signings here because we need to explore our options. Personally, I have enjoyed seeing our young goalkeeper, Luke Hutchinson play, however, he does need rest and Remi Matthews will no doubt be called back into action.

Our starting point needs to be our defence with the goals we have been conceding. Although now that we have some more experienced options in all positions, it should be easier for our time to last 90 minutes and not get as tired. Yoan Zouma has become a fan favourite and should be kept in the squad. Harry Brockbank has also been outstanding, along with Adam Senior, but as I said, these kids need a rest.

This is where new signings, Joe Bunney and Josh Emmanuel come into play.

Midfield area

Jason Lowe will no doubt be back to Captain the Bolton squad along with Luke Murphy. Although I think Dennis Politic may be put on the bench and brought on later in games for the next few weeks while the youngsters rest. I do think he should be a regular in the team, even though we have new options. His efforts have been brilliant.

New signings Ali Crawford and Thibaud Verlinden should be used to fill spaces that the youngsters have been playing in. I just hope that we don’t over phase ourselves with newbies because it’s the first week with them in the squad.

And finally, new signing, Daryl Murphy should go alone upfront. While we need to try to be defensive at first, it would be great to see goals too. Fans wanted Murphy in the squad and we’re really happy when he was confirmed.

I hope that whatever squad Keith Hill picks, that it works out. Even though playing teenagers haven’t been the best and most appropriate start to the season. At least we’ve now prepared these youngsters in case we need them at any point, and I’m sure their efforts in recent weeks will be rewarded with more appearances as the season goes on.

Bolton Wanderers’ backline should look like this against Coventry City

Bolton Wanderers face Coventry City this weekend and will try to keep a clean sheet, seeing as they’re already behind in points and they lost to Wycombe in their opening game.

As a Bolton fan, I’m proud of the squad that faced Wycombe at the weekend. As the youngsters who went out there were up to standard and managed to keep it 0-0 at half time. I think most fans expected to be losing at that stage.

The team has had another blow since that game after losing Connor Hall and Josh Earl to ankle injuries. Getting injured was always going to happen as they’re not properly warmed up over the summer, with all the problems financially. With this in mind, here’s who should get a game in defence for Bolton on Saturday.

Liam Edwards

He made his league debut against Wycombe and should start again this weekend. As one of our remaining senior squad member, he’s definitely going to be relied on for the majority of the season.

Yoan Zouma

Another player that started last weekend and should be picked again. He’s become a fan favourite after his efforts on Saturday. As a senior, he should be called up to duty anyway, however, he managed to impress fans after going in for every ball and giving his all. He will surely be a big part of the season.

Harry Brockbank

Harry got his debut at the end of last season so was always going to be a part of the back online for the Trotters this season if he stayed. He played against Wycombe at the weekend and couldn’t thank the fans enough for their support. He will be heavily relied on throughout this season.

Joe White

14 minutes into the game last weekend is when Bolton lost Josh Earl to an injury. Joe White came on as a replacement for him so I suspect that he will have to fill in this weekend in the same position. These four players, if they do start at the weekend, will have to work hard in training to gel together quickly.

In addition to these options, there’s also Jordan Boon and Adam Senior as options from the Under 18’s squad. They can be brought on if the defence is struggling which I also suspect it will.