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Bolton fans happy with their progress ‘Decent performance, improving every week, up the whites’

Bolton Wanderers Keith Hill

Bolton Wanderers are making strides under new manager Keith Hill. The Whites have lost just one of their last four league games and came close to toppling title favourites, Sunderland.

It’s clear they are struggling to score goals. However, Hill has his side organised, disciplined and fighting for everything – which will stand them in good stead for the remainder of the season.

As the famous saying goes, if you can’t score then don’t lose. I think the goals will come, Daryl Murphy will hit the net if given chances. It’s down to their creative players like Joe Dodoo and Will Buckley to create his opportunities.

Bolton was the better side last night, without threatening Blackpool’s goal regularly, but at least they’re heading in the right direction.

Let’s see what their fans made of it…

More away woe for Wigan Athletic fans – ‘I actually give up, how is he is still in the job with that away from and our performances have been awful’

Another away defeat for Wigan Athletic. Hey ho, it’s football, of course, we lost on the road. That’s one win away from home, in our last 26 attempts. Jokes aside, that’s inexcusable and Paul Cook is under huge pressure.

I’m a realist. I don’t expect Wigan to be challenging at the top end of the Championship, or win a majority of away games. However, I expect us to compete, create chances, give the fans something to be excited about and score some goals. I wouldn’t complain if we lost 2-3 to a good side, then picked up the odd win here and there.

We offer no threat whatsoever. Just so negative and boring to watch it’s unbelievable. Frustrating is the word because the majority of teams we’ve lost to this season haven’t even been good. We’ve gifted them three points. It needs to change, now.

Let’s see what other Latics fan thought after another defeat…

Rochdale fans have that sinking feeling following defeat – ‘Shocking performance and another embarrassing result, should be beating teams like this’

After a promising start to their 2019/20 campaign, Rochdale have dropped precariously close to the relegation zone in League One.

Brian Barry Murphy’s side lost 3-2 at Wimbledon on Saturday. The positive being striker Ian Henderson is back amongst the goals, as he scored both of Dale’s goals late on, nearly snatching a point for his side.

It’s important Rochdale keep implementing their attractive style of football in League One. I think they’re a good side with plenty of goals in their team. On the flip side, Murphy needs to find a solution to his leaky defence as it’s costing them points.

Let’s see what the Dale supporters thought of their performance on Saturday…

Salford City fans keen to push on – ‘Let’s keep it up now and get some wins under our belts!!!!’

Salford City won their first away game of the season, thanks to a 0-3 victory at Walsall.

After a poor start to their maiden season in the EFL, Graham Alexander will look to push on following this superb result.

The Ammies were expected to be challenging at the top end of the table, however, are struggling in the bottom half. Perhaps this result can be the catalyst for a string of positive results, leading up to the Christmas period.

Let’s see how their fans reacted to finally winning an away game…

Fans react over Carabao Cup draw – ‘Tough draw again for Man City…the run continues’

There are some huge ties to come in round four of the Carabao Cup. The standout ties are undoubtedly Chelsea vs Manchester United and Liverpool vs Arsenal.

The two last ranked teams Colchester United and Crawley Town will face each other, with one guaranteed to reach the quarter-final. While Oxford United will host Sunderland after both knocked out Premier League opposition in the third round.

Manchester City will be favourites to win the cup again, after drawing Southampton at home. Wolves will face Aston Villa at Villa Park, in a Midlands derby.

Let’s see how everyone reacted to the draw…

Rochdale fans react – ‘Luke Matheson….what a guy! Up the Dale!’

Rochdale played brilliantly to take Manchester United to penalties in the third round of the Carabao Cup. United eventually saw off The Dale’s valiant challenge, as they won 5-3 in the shootout.

The away side arrived full of confidence and with the belief, they could cause an upset. In a game of few chances, it was Rochdale that came closest to taking the lead. Callum Camps shot goal-wards, however, Aaron Wan-Bissaka cleared off the line.

United took the lead in the second half thanks to Mason Greenwood. The 17-year-old star finished well with his left foot. Then, 16-year-old schoolboy, Luke Matheson scored a superb volley to take The Dale to penalties and send their travelling support into raptures. Matheson is back in school today, what a story.

Although Rochdale didn’t win, it was an immense effort that everyone at their club can be proud of. Let’s see how they reacted…

This midfielder has been Oldham Athletic’s standout player this season, agree?

French midfielder Christopher Missilou has been Oldham’s best player so far this season.

New Latics manager Dino Maamria gained his first three points on Saturday, with a 3-1 victory over Morecambe at Boundary Park. It was a huge result for the club. Fans needed a boost in confidence, hope that Maamria can turn their season around, he couldn’t have got off to a better start.

The Latics have scored 11 goals in their last four games, which suggests it’s their defence that is causing them problems. Two of the goals were scored by Frenchman Missilou. The midfielder scored the opening goal in the 2-2 draw against Grimsby Town, before netting the first goal again the following week at Scunthorpe United.

The 27-year-old had an impressive start in English football during the 2018/19 season, becoming the heart of the midfield and making 47 appearances, which included a brilliant volley in a 4-1 win over Yeovil Town.

Missilou is an all-round solid midfielder. Physical, strong, quick and suits the style of play for League Two football. A player that Maamria will be looking to build his side around. Mohamad Sylla is a similar type player to Missilou, very good at winning the ball and dangerous in both boxes.

In League Two you need players that can fight for the ball, win tackles and these two will do that.

It’s a brilliant base from Maamria to build off. Sylla and Missilou in midfield, David Wheater provides that experience and stability at the back, they could just do with a regular goal scorer – perhaps that’s what Maamria will be looking to sign in the January transfer window.

23y/o has been Rochdale’s standout player so far this season, agree?

Callum Camps will be knocking on Michael O’Neill’s door as he eyes in international call-up, following his impressive start to the season for Rochdale.

The 23-year-old midfielder has scored four goals and assisted four, a great return for this stage of the season. Camps opened his account for the season with a couple of goals against Bolton Wanderers, during their 5-2 win in the EFL Cup. His first league goal came in the 1-2 defeat to Sunderland before he doubled his tally in the 0-3 away victory at Southend United.

He has represented Northern Ireland in the U21 Euro Championships but will be hoping to gain his first international cap this season, which his form deserves.

Since that win at Roots Hall, Rochdale have picked up just one point from their last three games, which included a 6-0 defeat at Peterborough United. From the what I’ve seen, Brian Barry Murphy has his side playing attractive, positive football which I imagine is exciting for Dale fans.

However, they lack that experience at the back, and Ian Henderson hasn’t made his typical electric start to the season that we’ve all got used to. In upcoming weeks, I think Rochdale need to go back to basics and start playing for Henderson, create his chances and he’ll win you games.

They have creative players who can score and create goals, with Camps, Aaron Morley and Rekeil Pyke, who have all enjoyed good starts to the season. It’s just finding that right balance between attack and defence, while getting your best players on the ball in the right areas.

Camps, Morley and Henderson are more than capable of scoring goals in this league, let’s hope they link-up soon and help Rochdale climb the table.

Wigan Athletic’s wingers re-find their form, they’ll soon shoot up the Championship, agree?

Wigan Athletic gained a big three points on Saturday, after defeating Charlton Athletic 2-0 at the DW Stadium.

Although it’s three points, we dominated the game throughout, I’m still slightly worried about our ability to break sides down in open play. Our two goals on Saturday came from defender Chey Dunkley off two corners, goals a goal, it doesn’t matter how you score them. However, it’s not a reliable source, your centre half isn’t going to score two every week. We need more from our creative players.

Nobody played badly on Saturday

Nobody played badly on Saturday, Joe Williams, Antonee Robinson and Dunkley stood out for me. Whereas the only two I felt slightly underperformed were Michael Jacobs and Gavin Massey. I do sympathise with both, as they’re jobs have changed now we have Kieffer Moore upfront.

Jacobs and Massey are both players that like to drift inside, look to link up with the number 10 and score goals. Jacobs has 30 goals for Wigan, which proves he’s a good finisher if he gets into the box, while Massey has 11 goals in two seasons, and is still returning to full fitness. With Moore up front, they are expected to provide the width and put quality crosses into the box for Moore.

Personally, I think our full-backs are quicker and put better quality into the box, and this is something we should look to exploit. If Jacobs and Massey are more comfortable drifting inside, get Robinson and Nathan Byrne on the overlap, they both possess serious pace, especially Robinson.

When Josh Windass returns from injury, I expect him to play behind Moore, and Lowe will play in his preferred right wing position. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the Windass and Moore works. At the moment we aren’t really benefiting from Moore’s flick-ons, however, Windass is very good at running in-behind defences, so it could be a match made in heaven.

Give them minutes: Sunderland must simply give these 2 outcasts the opportunity to shine tonight

Sunderland travels to Bramall Lane tonight, to face Sheffield United in the third round of the EFL Cup. The Wearsiders dumped out Premier League side Burnley in the last round, defeating them 1-3 at Turf Moor.

With Sunderland only managing to scrape a point from Bolton Wanderers, thanks to a 92nd-minute penalty from Aiden McGeady, Jack Ross is under increasing pressure from their fans. After the club failed in their promotion bid last campaign, it’s imperative they achieve it this season, and so far it’s been more of the same. 1-1 draws.

The cup presents a healthy distraction, and a chance for Ross to get the fans back on side if they can progress to the fourth round tonight.

So, let’s have a look at a couple of players that may get a chance tonight…

Dylan McGeouch

Ross made Grant Leadbitter his captain, following the departure of George Honeyman to Hull City in the summer. The midfielder has struggled, particularly away from home, just too slow and negative on the ball. McGeouch is Sunderland’s best midfielder according to many but rarely features. A player that wants the ball, looks to move the ball forward and quickly which is what they need.

Will Grigg

The most expensive League One signing in history, and he can’t buy a goal. It’s one of them, if he scores a goal, it might just give him that confidence to score a hatful. He’s missing chances that he would’ve scored in his sleep at Wigan Athletic, whether it’s his confidence, desire, the service he’s getting is another question – but Sunderland need to find a way of getting him firing soon, or they’ll be settling for the play-offs again.

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