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2 Man City youngsters that should impress tonight against Bolton

Man City Under 21s face Bolton Wanderers tonight in the Football League Trophy. The talent in Man City’s youth squad is known to be very good so there should be a few standout players on the pitch tonight.

With Man City’s first team playing Southampton as well, there might be some youth squad members that Pep Guardiola needs tonight.

For example, Eric Garcia might be needed in defence. Along with Taylor Harwood-Bellis.

However, there will still be a lot of young talent to choose from. The Football Manc Cave have picked out two players who should impress against Bolton…

Jayden Jezairo Braaf

The 17-year old left winger will be one to watch tonight.

The Netherlands Under-17 international can also operate the right-wing. He has also scored a few goals this season already so maybe looking to do it again tonight.

Lewis Fiorini

The 17-year old attacking midfielder will be looking to impress tonight if he gets a game.

The Scottish teenager is a product of Man City’s youth. His mission will probably be to impress Pep Guardiola in the future.

Bolton will be looking to build on their first win with this starting 11 against Lincoln

Bolton Wanderers Keith Hill

Keith Hill’s Bolton side will be looking for another win this weekend. They managed to pick up their first lot of 3 points against Bristol this week. Hopefully that will inspire some more points against Lincoln.

Bolton managed a 2-0 win over Bristol Rovers this week. It was the first time the Wanderers have picked up 3 points this season.

It has taken them a step closer to escaping the minus points they’re in. Now they’ll be hoping to continue that process this weekend.

However, to make sure that standard of performance remains, this is the starting 11 that Keith Hill should put out…


The starting line up should be exactly the same as earlier in the week…

When Keith Hill first took over, the problem seemed to be the defence. However, with new signings and intense training, he seems to have sorted that.

Now it’s the attack he’s focussed on. Luke Murphy and Daryl Murphy both got the goals against Bristol.

Hopefully they’ll feel motivated to get their names on the score sheet again this weekend.


In recent weeks, Keith Hill has been playing around with his formation and positioning.

Now I think he’s found the correct attacking line up. Instead of having Joe Dodoo on the bench, he should be in the starting line up helping put Murphy, O’Grady and Crawford.

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.

‘Just not god enough. When does the new season start?’ Bolton and Rochdale fans react

Bolton Wanderers have improved massively since Keith Hill took over. However, the hard work seemed to take a step back as they lost to Rochdale 3-1 this weekend. The Football Manc Cave looks at your reactions.

Bolton fans have been saying that their first win is ‘just around the corner.’ Most thought that 3 points might have come this weekend.

However, an eventful second half meant the Wanderers lost not only their lead on the game but also the match itself.

It stayed 0-0 until half time which looked promising for both teams. Joe Dodoo and Thibaud Verlinden teamed up for the Trotters opening goal of the game.

Callum Camps, Oliver Rathbone and Fabio Tavares then proved to be too much for Keith Hills side. All three found the back of the net.

Even though Bolton were disappointed, this is a great win for Dale. Here’s your reactions to the game…

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Bolton fans react after GK opens up on his tough year ‘Great attitude & talented keeper, I’m sure he’ll be a success story as Bolton move forward’

Bolton News reporter, Marc Iles sat and spoke to Bolton goalkeeper, Remi Matthews this week.

The Bolton Wanderers reporter got the chance to actually sit and speak to the goalkeeper who has had an extremely hard year. Matthews has come under the firing line from fans for a while now When you actually look at what he’s been through and the stats in the league, I think you’ll change your mind a little.

Ok the financial crisis stage of the club, Matthews tried to get noticed from other clubs in case Bolton were to go under. He had a move to Norwich fall through, he went 5 months unpaid, had a deal for him to move to Crystal Palace blocked by administrators and to top it off, things on the pitch have been even worse.

After the relegation battle last season, the 25-year-old went through a 5 game spell in which the team conceded 26 goals. This obviously led to criticism. The more shocking numbers that Marc Iles explained was that the goalkeeper has faced, on average, 25 shots per game in his 7 appearances so far this season.

The stats are high

He’s is the leagues highest saving goalkeeper with 30 shots stopped to his name so far this season. The keeper has spoken how this has been the hardest year of his life, with the financial difficulties and then now facing abuse over social media about his performances.

Some fans are very quick to think that this is all the ‘keeper’s fault without watching a game. Don’t get me wrong, I have judged Matthews after watching him sometimes, however, he deserves credit. He’s stuck with us, he’s dealing with the comments he’s getting, but people are disregarding the fact that he’s had more work to do than any other keeper in this league so far this season.

You can see why he collapsed to his knees after keeping a clean sheet against Oxford.

Here are your reactions to this interview…

Bolton’s Chairman will back Bury’s bid to return to League 2 – ‘Good luck…there is some very bitter teams in the football league’

The Bolton News has reported how the new Bolton Wanderers owner, Sharon Brittan has said she would back Bury’s campaign to return to League Two. The Football Manc Cave look at your reactions.

There’s a campaign in full swing for Bury to return to League Two instead of starting again from Non-League. The EFL clubs will meet on September the 26th to discuss the matter and Bolton owner, Brittan has confirmed that she would want to back this idea as long as Bury have a stable footing.

A lot of other fans have been saying that it wouldn’t be fair on clubs trying to gain promotion and I completely understand that side to the argument. However, the EFL didn’t do a lot to help Bury in their situation and it’s not the fans, players, staff or community’s fault.

Bolton and Bury’s situations were running at exactly the same time although they had very different outcomes. It’s nice to see that Sharon is completely behind Bury as she understands the struggles she’s faced. I’m glad and proud that she will be supporting them in this vote.

Here’s what you thought…

‘New team and management. Needs time. But the heavy defeats need to stop’ Bolton fans happy just to score

The Football Manc Cave is looking at how Bolton fans are reacting to their 6-1 loss today.

It was Kieth Hill’s first game in charge and supposed to be a fresh start for Bolton. Fans sold out their end of the ground and the anticipation was high. Unfortunately, Rotherham wasn’t bothered by Bolton’s new signings and despite the Trotters going 1-0 up, they came out losing again.

Bolton fans won’t be too disappointed as the whites went 1-0 up and actually managed to produce a goal. Alongside their team is filled with relatively new players who all need to gel together still. It’s just the goal difference that is the issue at this stage.

Here are your reactions…

Bolton Wanderers fans put forward their favourite eye-catching kits

The Football Manc Cave are exploring Bolton Wanderers’ best ever kits, in the wake of the news that the Trotters will be getting a new kit in the coming weeks for this season.

I’ve been going to Bolton games since I was about 7 years old. As a kid, I was never out of Bolton shirts. I played football, I watched football and wanted to be a footballer. I had Bolton Wanderers’ bedding, Bolton posters all over my room, I used to collect Match Attacks and have the full Bolton squad around my room. I was football mad.

Years later and here I am, a football writer. I’m still going watching Bolton and other clubs now so that I can report and I’m still playing!

My favourite Bolton kits

So first of all here are some of my favourites…

What did you think? Here are your replies to my tweet from this morning…

Thank you for all of your tweets and input! It’s been great.

Bolton fans cause delay to watch the youngsters ‘Onwards and upwards from here… UP THE LADS’

Bolton Wanderers played Bradford last night in the Leasing.com trophy and The Football Manc Cave want to see your reactions.

This was the first home match for Bolton since their take over had gone through. The new owners had said that to draw in an audience, they would only charge £5 a ticket in which you got a match day programme and free parking. They underestimated how many people would turn up as kick-off had to be delayed by 10 minutes.

Another nice touch to this game was that even though Keith Hill has been appointed manager, Jimmy Phillips was told to still manage this last game and put out a young team for one last time, despite the new signings being made. I personally thought this was a great touch and sensible. It was a 1-1 draw that saw Bolton go 1-0 up thanks to Dennis Politic but only lost to penalties at the end.

Here are your reactions…

There was also some confusion at the last penalty…

‘ANNOUNCE LEAGUE ONE WINNERS 19/20’ Bolton Wanderers fans react to signing after signing on deadline day

Bolton Wanderers fans had a busy day yesterday keeping up with their clubs last-minute signings and The Football Manc Cave are taking a look at your reactions.

Bolton has been in need of some new signings for quite some time and now that this new take over enables them to do so, they have arrived. Finally, Bolton can start to compete in the league with a fair team and it will be like a fresh start for the new manager, Keith Hill.

A total of 9 players signed on the dotted line yesterday and fans were loving it. So strap yourself in, we’re going to go through the day and get some of your best reactions…

After the signing of Jack Hobbs had already been announced at the weekend, this was what kickstarted yesterday:

Bolton fans were quick to jump on this

Me a couple of minutes later, they stuck to their promise and the announcement of Thibaud Verlinden from Stoke City was made.

Next up, Liam Bridcutt became the next signing…

Will Buckley’s return to the club was next on the cards…

Jake Wright was next…

Ali Crawford was next in Keith Hill’s plan…

And then Chris O’Grady got himself a contract until the end of the year.

Josh Emmanuel was next…

But Bolton has put out the wrong picture in a manic rush

Joe Bunney then made his move…

The news that fans were begging for finally came in, the signing of Daryl Murphy…

And that was all! Let’s hope Keith Hill can get these players ready for the league and have a fresh start. This will now give the youngsters a chance to rest but their efforts will never be forgotten. It will be nice to see some of them just coming on as a sub, rather than having to push 90 minutes a game being tired and unfit.

Come on Bolton!

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