Bolton Wanderers will travel to Coventry City this weekend. The Trotters will be looking to make it three games unbeaten in the league against high flying Coventry.
Despite Bolton struggling at the bottom of League One, they managed a solid performance against Tranmere Rovers last weekend. Goals from Dennis Politic and Chris O’Grady gave the Wanderers a clean sheet and three points.
However, this week should be a tougher challenge when they travel to a fifth-placed Coventry City.
Coventry hasn’t lost a league game since December. Although, they have had an extra few games recently as they’ve been competing in the FA Cup.
With the Bolton squad feeling positive from the win over Tranmere, there’s a chance they may be able to take advantage of Coventry’s extra games…
Keith Hill has options
With that in mind, it’s worth thinking about the team selection that Keith Hill should pick this weekend.
New additions to Hill’s squad such as Ethan Hamilton and Kean Bryan got their debuts against Tranmere. He does have a few other options but should he use them?
There should be a range of players on the bench incase Bolton do struggle. However, this winning side had an outstanding performance last weekend that shouldn’t be changed.
Daryl Murphy has become a fan favourite at the University of Bolton Stadium this season. He has produced most of their goals this season.
However, it was Chris O’Grady and 19-year-old Dennis Politic who were responsible for the goals against Tranmere.
Hopefully, all three players will be able to contribute towards a solid performance this weekend.
Both Bolton Wanderers and Tranmere Rovers are looking for their first win of the EFL League One season in this bottom of the table match up.
Should Bolton Wanderers not have received a twelve-point deduction at the beginning of the campaign, they would be ahead of Tranmere Rovers. But as it stands, Tranmere sits in 20th on zero points and Bolton sit in 23rd with minus eleven.
The Football Manc Cave brings you the Tranmere v Bolton match preview, where we will discuss the form of each of side and what this game means to them going into it…
In the two league games and one cup game that Bolton Wanderers have played, it truly has been boys vs men.
Suffering from significantly less possession and shots on target than each opponent, the Wanderers did well to salvage one point at home against Coventry. On their own soil, they had to hold out for a point in a game that saw 24 shots go against them and 7 for. If this is how Bolton plan to survive the season, the die-hard Wanderers fans will be in for a very slow and drawn out season.
In the EFL cup, the Wanderers managed to score for the first time in over four months, with two against Rochdale. Ronan Darcy and Dennis Politic were the scorers in the 5-2 defeat.
Tranmere Rovers haven’t seen much success either. They have lost both league games and their EFL cup tie against Hull City, 3-0. Despite this, the Rovers showed signs of being able to dominate the game over a decent side. They just need stamina and confidence, which a big win over Bolton Wanderers could give them.
Rovers were promoted to League One last season after finishing sixth and winning the play-offs. This will make survival in this league even more difficult for them and increasing the gap between themselves and Bolton Wanderers is incredibly important.
Despite the valiant efforts of Bolton Wanderers, they are being overhauled in every single game. It appears the class and experience of the vigorous League One is far too much for these youngsters, who have been forced to take an unhealthy leap in their careers. Although Tranmere Rovers finished sixth in the league below last season, their quality will likely surpass Bolton’s.
Bolton will back to the wall, praying for a point, so expect a late winner or shock draw.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The Football Manc Cave are looking at your reactions to the Bolton Wanderers takeover and ticket news coming to a standstill again.
All summer, Bolton fans have been awaiting the news they all want to hear and that’s that they have new owners and the deal has been done. However, there’s still no real confirmation of this happening, no communication and fans are getting increasingly frustrated once again.
On top of this, ticket prices were released for their opening game and fans were confused to how the prices were £24 for just for adults. After the prices were announced, it was also stated that fans would only be able to buy tickets from the club shop and online. Fans again started to question the clubs thinking seeings as they need all the money they can get but weren’t offering tickets on the day of the game.
To top all of this off, the ticket sales were then suspended and no further update has been given which has left fans speculating even more.
Yes…. Wycombe wanderers stadium, Adams Park, has an away capacity of 1800. That NEEDS to be sold out and for us to get behind the new regime and our new heroes, who have been man enough to either stay or join us in our great rebuild. #coywm#BWFC
There have been many examples of football chairmen who have devoted their lives and their money to the club’s they love. For many years, clubs were often financed by local entrepreneurs who had made good with the Edwards family at Old Trafford and Jack Walker at Blackburn being the most obvious examples.
Sadly, it is the improper owners who make the news at present with Bolton Wanderers’ Ken Anderson being the latest target of supporters wrath, due to his lack of investment and mismanagement.
Bolton face an uncertain future despite managing to avoid being liquidated in the High Court this week following a breakdown in talks to sell the club. The Championship club should be enjoying similar success to the likes of the two Sheffield clubs and, Leeds given the size of their ground and support base but they lie next to bottom of the league, eight points from safety.
Oldham fans currently believe that they are hard done by with owner Abdallah Lemsagam apparently interfering with team selection, however, he is a veritable saint compared to some of these rogues.
Owen Oyston – Blackpool FC
Oyston’s ownership is a staggering tale of neglect going back to 1988. He sued Blackpool supporters who had dared to criticise his regime and, he paid £26.77m out of the club with his son Karl after the club’s promotion to the Premier League.
Late in 2017 Owen Oyston and Karl Oyston were ordered to pay £31m to minority shareholder Valeri Belokon for his shares due to their “illegitimate stripping” of the club. Oyston was removed from the Blackpool board in February.
Francesco Becchetti – Leyton Orient
Italian Becchetti managed to steer the East London club from the verge of the Championship to National League football after 112 years of existence. Worse still, Orient’s free fall wasn’t caused by mismanagement but by the spite of the owner.
The waste-management magnate’s reign featured one expensively funded relegation, an unsuccessful reality TV show, a failed attempted extradition of the owner to Albania as part of a fraud and money‑laundering investigation, a six-match ban for Becchetti for kicking his then assistant manager Andy Hessenthaler, 10 managers, persistent reports of meddling in team affairs, a chaotic player-recruitment policy and a general sense that no one senior at the club has the first idea of how to run it.
Orient are now on the brink of returning to league football from the National league.
Ken Richardson – Doncaster Rovers
When the Doncaster Chairman’s plans to build a new stadium came up against objections from the local council, he decided to take matters further and paid someone £10,000 to burn the stadium to the ground so he could claim on the insurance. The hired arsonist left his phone at the scene however, which had a text message on it to Richardson saying “Job’s done”. The law caught up with him and he was sentenced to four years in prison.
Roland Duchatelet – CharltonAthletic
The Belgian millionaire has become the focus of the fans fury with his asking price for the club of £40m. The apparent lack of buyers is blamed on the protests of the fans. An uneasy impasse exits in South London.
SISU Capital – Coventry City
Being taken over by a hedge fund should have raised alarm but they saved Coventry from administration and a points deduction. However, they then showed that their knowledge of how to run a football club was severely limited. With one scheme being to allow supporters to text a premium rate number to vote on which player should be substituted. The manager would then have to abide by the decision!