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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: Bolton chase ex-Rangers, Bury and Blackpool forward

As if Bolton weren’t having a busy enough week after making 9 new signings, it looks like they could be going for another.

According to Football Insider, Joe Dodoo had his Rangers contract terminated this week and Bolton has submitted a contract offer for the player. Dodoo agreed to the termination of his contract as he thought it would boost his chances of securing a new club if he was a free agent.

Bolton is still in the market for new signings and can go for free agents ahead of the transfer window reopening in January. So this would be a good move for the 24-year-old attacker. It’s nice that Bolton fans can now read about statistics of players who might be joining their club, and the signings who have already made their move to the University of Bolton Stadium – rather than reading news on the financial issues they’ve faced.

Insight into Joe Dodoo

He’s a versatile and quick forward who can play wide or down the middle, although he didn’t make a single matchday squad so far this season. Some might recognise his name as he has had spells at other clubs. The striker spent his youth career at Leicester City and broke into the senior squad in 2013.

In 2015, he went on loan to Bury where he bagged 1 goal in 4 appearances. He then left Leicester for Rangers in 2016 and found the back of the net 3 times in 20 appearances. He had a loan spell at Charlton in 2017 and another for a year at Blackpool last season, scoring twice in 18 appearances for Seasiders. The England Under 18’s side also have called him up once.

Bolton needs all the experience they can get in their new squad, as the new management and owners coming in is like a fresh start for the club. They desperately need to get out of their minus figure which was slapped on them due to administration. A need goals to make up for the many they have conceded recently so getting a striker, especially a free agent, is a great and sensible move.

What can Bolton Wanderers be excited about? Here are 3 reasons ahead of next season

I know what you’re thinking because I’m thinking the same, in Bolton Wanderers’ situation, what can we be excited about?

Bolton has obviously had a hard time over the last year with financial problems, that have seen players and staff go unpaid resulting in relegation to League 1 football. As a Bolton fan myself, I am not optimistic about the season ahead. We don’t even have a full senior squad right now, and we still have ongoing rumours regarding our management.

However, I’ve decided to try to look on the bright side at things we can look forward to…

No More Anderson

It’s been announced that Bolton have a preferred bidder when it comes to buying the club and Football Ventures are apparently the new owners. This means we are rid of Ken Anderson and can focus on football.

Players will now be paid and hopefully, new recruits will be brought in if the takeover goes as planned. The fans spent a large period of last season campaigning for Anderson’s departure. So now that he’s gone, we can all focus on the football and the league.

New League

Yes, it was disappointing that we ended up being relegated last season. Nevertheless, you have to see a positive in this and that is the team’s we will now be facing. The league may be easier for us and fans might see some exciting football games. I could be completely wrong, we could end up even worse off, and have the most boring football play going. Again, I’m being optimistic.

Local and Seaside Away Games

If all else fails, at least we will have good away games. As well as having local games such as, Bury and Rochdale, we will also have matches that aren’t too far away and are by the sea. Blackpool and Fleetwood will definitely be go-to games, if not for the football, for the pubs, arcades and fish and chips.

What Can Former Tranmere Rovers Man, Ben Tollitt Bring To Blackpool?

There are rumours today that Blackpool could be looking at Tranmere’s former striker, Ben Tollitt. 

It’s looking like it just whispers at the moment although it has excited a few Blackpool fans. The 24-year-old spent his youth with Everton and in 2013 he signed for Widnes where he managed 18 goals in 39 appearances for the club. This was quite a strong start to his career which interested Skelmersdale United who signed him in 2015. In a year at the club, he grabbed one goal in 13 appearances. The striker then moved on to Portsmouth and had a similar form in 12 games and 1 goal again. 

However, his career took a different turn when he went on loan to Tranmere, made 10 appearances and got 4 goals. They decided to take him on permanently and since signing in 2016 he’s played 23 games for the club and contributed 4 goals. Tollitt was loaned to Wrexham in 2019 and managed 4 goals for them too until his contract ended and he was released from Tranmere.

What could he bring to Blackpool if he does sign? 


A lot of Blackpool fans are commenting about how they think their team could do with players that have the pace. Every time a new signing or interest in a player comes in, I’m seeing a lot of fans, especially on Twitter, asking for younger, fresher legs that can bring a bit of excitement to the team and the 24-year-old could do that.


His track record of goals hasn’t been consistent so to speak, but when you look at his appearance ratio to goals and loan spells, he could benefit from going to a club that needs him where he can play more often. The more regular he plays, the more comfortable he will set in and hopefully he could be Blackpool’s answer to finding the back of the net. 

OPINION: Salford City Confirm Released List, Is It The Right Move?

Salford City had a really impressive run last season that helped them in gaining promotion out of the National League and into League Two.

The Ammies have a collective set of owners who can put their money into new players ahead of the new season, with Peter Lim having a 40% share and Phil Neville, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham all holding 10% each. Through Salford’s club website, they revealed the players they would be letting go before the start of their new challenge in league two.

Anthony Dudley, Amine Linganzi, Danny Livesey, Gus Mafuta and Jack Redshaw have all been thanked for their hard work and wished all the best but have been released. Tyler Forbes and Dennis Politic have also returned to their parent clubs as their loan deals are over.

Now football fans are wondering what this means for the players that have been let go, some of the players on the list would be a good investment for other clubs. However, with the money behind Salford FC, the replacements for these players won’t be a problem, they’re already looking and signing ahead of the start of the 2019/20 season.

Chester FC have already answered Danny Livesey’s prayers and snapped the 34-year-old defender up before anyone else has the chance. He will officially be a part of the club on July 1st. He has previously captained Barrow AFC which is probably a reason why Chester have shown interest in the defender again.

With his age showing how much experience he’s had, he could be a perfect player to show leadership qualities, if not for the whole team, at least for the back four at Chester. It’s also been reported that the blues could also offer Anthony Dudley a move to the club. The 22-year-old was on loan with Chester last season and, ended up being the clubs leading scorer when he managed to net 11 goals. This could be a great move for him, as the club do appear to be interested and he has also is understood to be just as interested in a permanent move.

There’s some uncertainty in what will happen with Mafuta, Redshaw and Linganzi as of yet. Personally, I think any club would be silly to not show interest in Mafuta, the 23-year-old midfielder started 22 matches for the Ammies last year. He started his career at Colchester but then moved to Bristol City Academy where he captained the Under 21’s. With Gus only being 23 and already having captain experience, surely another club should have a look at signing him soon.

Amine Linganzi however, only managed to get 4 starts for Salford last season and he’s 29 years old. He’s already been around, having played for Blackburn, Preston and Portsmouth in the past. I think Salford didn’t really have a choice letting the midfielder go, as they can bring in fresh young talent but Linganzi could benefit from maybe a struggling club putting in a deal.

Then there’s Jack Redshaw. He’s got such a good stat record. He managed 17 goals out of 36 matches for Salford and he’s got football orientated family too, his brother is Mark Redshaw and his father is Ray Redshaw, all three being strikers in their career.

If you leave that information as it is, you’d be thinking, why hasn’t anyone put an offer in? But the issue the 28-year-old will have to come to terms with is that he was out of action in Salford’s last season due to an injury in preseason. Fans were gutted but now that he’s been released, he may find it hard to find an alternative club. He has played for Rochdale, Blackpool and Morecambe previous to Salford so a club are sure to see the positives in the striker.

Even though these players will be missed by Salford fans, I hope they all have great offers thrown their way.