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 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.