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Wonderful: This Hill signing has been amazing for Bolton so far

Bolton Wanderers have started to take shape with a new pick of players for Keith Hill to choose from. The Football Manc Cave is looking at which signing has stood out so far.

Every player that Keith Hill has managed to bring in has contributed amazingly to the squad every game that they’ve been involved. Picking one is a hard choice because there’s quite a few that as a Bolton fan, I would want to keep.

Jack Hobbs is obviously a returning signing. He let the take over of the club settle before resigning a contract and I’m so glad he did. The defence has been much stronger with him in it and he constantly makes the league team of the week along with getting the man of the match against Blackpool.

Another player who has impressed a lot is Ali Crawford. His free kicks are sublime and his corners are nearly always spot on. He’s had a great run for us too and will continue to impress I’m sure.

Stoke man is impressing

A close second to the player I have chosen is Thibaud Verlinden. The 20-year-old winger has been loaned to us from Stoke. He scored on his debut for us, he gets stuck in and attacks every game, makes a nice pairing with all the other midfielders and wingers and is exciting.

This is why Stoke will be happy to claim their man back when his loan spell is over. Most never wanted him to go in the first place and now you can see why.

However, the player that I have had to pick is, of course, Liam Bridcutt. One of the best players I’ve seen in a Bolton shirt in a very long time. His skill on the ball is brilliant, he’s fast, not scared of any opposition and a strong leader. This is why every Bolton fan is feeling deflated today because he picked up an injury last night.

He fractured his collar bone and could potentially be put for 8 weeks. This could mean that we never get to see him in a Bolton shirt again. With his loan spell coming to an end and he’ll be back at Nottingham Forest before he’s ready to play again.

When you watch him play, you can certainly tell that he’s been around. He started off at Chelsea in their youth teams and now at 30 years old, he’s been at Stockport, Sunderland and Leeds to mention a few places.

Keith Hill doesn’t seem too bothered by it, as he knows he has other capable players and has been prepared for any injuries. It just would have been nice to have Bridcutt in the team a little longer because he made us long stronger.

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.

Bolton fans so close to their first win of the season ‘Blow the full-time whistle NOW’

Bolton Wanderers faced a fourth-placed Sunderland today and managed to get a 1-1 draw out of it.

After Keith Hill’s side managed to get a point on Tuesday against Oxford, they were hungry for some more points today. An unchanged starting eleven was put out by the new manager and fans were excited.

Fans were then extremely surprised to see that Jack Hobbs had put Bolton 1-0 up in the second half, and it then became a battle to try and get all three points. Like me, many Wanderers fans were celebrating as if we had just won the league at 90 minutes. However, the 5 minutes added on proved too much, as Yoan Zouma gave away a penalty with Justin minutes to go and Sunderland equalised.

I’m not saying I’m angry or disappointed because we’ve got a point from a team in the top quarter of the table, and that proves that things are working. However, that could have easily been three points today if the defence could have stayed strong instead of panicking and giving away a goal inevitably.

Here are your reactions throughout the game…

Bolton will run Sunderland close today with these players in the starting line up

Bolton managed to take their second point of the season from a goalless draw against Oxford this week. Keith Hill’s team will be looking to perform just as well against Sunderland this weekend.

Bolton had only managed to get one point so far this season and that took them to -11. On Tuesday night, they took on Oxford at home and managed to get another point. This seems like it’s the start of the season now for Bolton.

Keith Hill’s first game in charge saw Bolton go 1-0 up only to lose 6-1 against Rotherham. Now that we’ve have seen what the Bolton team is capable of against Oxford, there will be happier fans in the stadium this weekend. Sunderland currently sit 4th in the league on 15 points so this will be tough.

Team News:

With the 0-0 draw in mind, clearly the Trotters defence delivered a brilliant game and that showed when their two centre backs, Jack Hobbs and Jake Wright made the FLW League One Team Of The week.

These two will have to start against Sunderland in order to stand a chance. Josh Emmanuel also has been performing well at the back so should remain in the starting line up. Liam Bridcutt has been going out as Captain and this seems to be working well. He’s another player who fans and the league are keeping an eye on as he looks promising.

Thibaud Verlinden is enjoying his time with Bolton and got his professional goal for the club against Rotherham. He will be looking to get another in front of the home fans. Dennis Politic is also remaining in that starting line up which is something I’ve wanted despite having new signings.

Sunderland

Despite being 4th in the league, they only drew their last game against Rotherham 1-1. They’ve also suffered losses to Peterborough and the majority of their wins have been 2-1 score lines.

I think if Bolton plays as they did against Oxford, especially at the back, they might be able to give them a game. I’m not sure if a win will be on the cards but I’m hoping they can go out to get another point.