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‘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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2 in-form players for Rochdale that need to play Bolton this weekend

Brian Barry-Murphy’s side faces Bolton Wanderers this weekend. While both sides will be looking for a win, Rochdale will need these two players to help them succeed.

The interesting thing about this clash is that this is the third time they have met this season. However, this is the first League game.

The other two have been cup games. A young Bolton team faced Dale early on and lost 5-2. They then met again with a more solid and experienced team. It ended in a 1-1 draw with ex Bolton man Aaron Wilbraham scoring Dales equaliser.

Both sides will be scrapping for every decision, goals and points so it will be an interesting game. However, here’s two players Rochdale need in their squad…

Ian Henderson

It goes without saying that this man has been Rochdale’s saviour so far this season. He’s scored multiple goals in games recently and will be hungry for more.

Henderson scored both Dale goals against Accrington Stanley. He also did the same against AFC Wimbledon.

As a Bolton fan, I hope he doesn’t do it against us this weekend. Rochdale fans, on the other hand, will be praying that he does.

Aaron Wilbraham

Aaron is a Bolton Wanderers legend. He scored the goal that kept us up against Nottingham Forest.

However, the last time these two sides met, as mentioned before, he scored Dale’s equaliser.

This is why it could be tactical for BBM to start him. He’s been out for some time but now that he’s back and ready to score, he could contribute to taking all 3 points from Bolton.

2 in-form players for Bolton Wanderers that need to play Rochdale this weekend

Bolton Wanderers face Rochdale this weekend in another attempt to earn some points. The Football Manc Cave are picking out two players who should get a game.

Bolton’s performances have improved massively since the start of the season. They face a 17th placed Rochdale.

In Bolton’s last League game, Liam Bridcutt was unfortunately injured. This is a big blow for the improving squad. However, goals are needed.

This is why I’ve picked out two players who could help with that this weekend…

Daryl Murphy

The striker made his Bolton debut against Blackpool. He looked strong and confident.

At the end of the game, he spoke about the fact that goals are needed and more chances need creating.

It’s clear that he has an eye for goal and is driven to find the target. He also worked well with Joe Dodoo once he entered the pitch. So it will be interesting to see Keith Hill’s team this weekend.

Sonny Graham

Sonny was a part of the youth squad that opened this season for Bolton.

He made an impression on fans then and has since made the bench most games. When Liam Bridcutt left the pitch last week, Graham replaced him.

Even though there was a bit of doubt to see if he would be able to work to the same standard, he definitely proved himself. It will be great to see him in action again against Rochdale.

Bolton Wanderers striker gives rallying call

Bolton Wanderers’ fight to stay in League One is well and truly on. One of their new additions, Daryl Murphy has said that he is ready to face the challenge head-on.

The Nottingham Post has explained how the striker is wanting to help Bolton climb out of the negative points they are currently on and start ‘the great escape.’

Murphy made his debut against Blackpool on Monday night and was happy with the football he saw. Despite not finding the back of the net himself, the 0-0 draw did show off how far Bolton have come.

The 36-year-old now wants to build off the great performances and turn them into wins. Murphy was out with a calf injury but that was a perfect opportunity for him to analyse how the side have been playing.

Now he knows exactly what he needs to do in order to help out the squad and Keith Hill.

Age

Most players at 36 would be judged. Some would say its too old. Murphy appreciates that but has said he has never had a problem with his fitness. He’s also never had serious injuries, just little knockbacks.

The forward now can’t wait to show what he’s capable of. After Monday night’s performance, I’m sure fans can’t either.

Relegation Battle

Bolton is obviously under a point deduction at the bottom of the league. Once they get out of that, they then have to get out of the relegation zone. Murphy is hoping for some wins to help with that plan.

He’s also said that it isn’t a nice situation to be in. However, he believes that the transformation Bolton has taken on is brilliant. Now it’s just a matter of winning and it’s something he’s ready to get stuck into.

Returning player a major boost for Bolton Wanderers

When Preston North End loaned Josh Earl to Bolton Wanderers at the start of the season, things were looking up. However, 14 minutes into the Wycombe clash, the defender tore his ankle ligaments. The 20-year-old has been out of action ever since. Now he’s back in training.

At Preston, he made 33 appearances before being loaned out to Lancaster City. Now he’s part of the Bolton squad who are working hard to escape their point deduction.

He was looking forward to being a part of a squad that would be making a difference. The injury he picked up was unfortunate and a lot of young players had to step up at Bolton.

It’s nice to see him back in training now. A lot of players who have been a part of Bolton over the years have always credited them for looking after injuries. Having another player as an option for Keith Hill is also great.

Fallen Behind

However, Hill has had his players working extremely hard since he arrived. You can tell in Bolton’s performances that training is working. The only negative is, Earl will have to ease himself into this style of play.

While he will have to be careful in training, he will also be under pressure to play catch up. Being physically fit is something Hill has been working on but the 20-year-old has missed out on this.

Substitute

Even though he’s back in training and taking it easy, the injury could still be causing him problems. I’m sure he will be worked back into the squad at his own pace although fans will hope it will be sooner rather than later.

When he does make his return, it will be a sensible decision to have him on the bench. Bolton has had a series of solid performances. Their defence has been a lot better but Earl could offer some relief to a few of the squad.

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.

A welcome break: 3 things Keith Hill will be working on with Bolton during their international break

Bolton Wanderers Keith Hill

The Football Manc Cave is looking at what Keith Hill needs to work on in training in order to try and get his first win as Bolton manager.

To Bolton fans, he’s already a legend. He’s come into a club who nearly went under and he has completely turned the football around with a bunch of brand new players. He is already beating the odds because he’s getting a side to take points from the bigger clubs in League One.

Hill has a lot of experience in these lower leagues and completely understands what he needs to do to achieve success. So just like the majority of our fans, I am completely behind him.

Even though he’s taking points from clubs like Blackpool and Sunderland, he’s yet to achieve his first three points. With how his side is looking, it will come soon.

What 3 things can he work on to make sure 3 points start to come?

Fitness

We’ve got a lot of new players who all seem fit, ready to go and are exciting. However, Hill spoke to the Bolton News about how he didn’t think the player’s fitness was at the level he wanted. So even though it’s not something that fans are picking up on, he knows exactly what is required and my guess is that fitness will be something he works on now.

It’s also a hard subject for some of his players, the youngsters in the squad who had to step up early in the season need to stay healthy as well as physically fit. Their welfare is now at interest as they had gone from just playing in the development squad to sometimes three games a week which was a test for them.

However, Hill and his coaching team know exactly how to tackle the situation and some of these players will be hard at work to impress in training.

Set Pieces and Attacking

At the start of the season, the defence seemed to be the biggest issue, however, that seems to be under control now. *Touches wood.* Now shots on target and the attack need a little more work. While we have players that are now capable of scaring oppositions defence, chances seem to be falling short.

Some may disagree but I’m seeing greed quite a few times in games. This has probably come from frustration in trying to find the back of the net.

Keeping Their Cool

This might again relate to fitness although it is a slightly different point. Like most fans for any club, I get nervous towards the final quarter of the game because I always think we’re going to mess it up.

However, for Bolton, this is something that’s getting better but still needs some work. We were just about to take all 3 points from Sunderland and narrowly missed out due to giving a penalty away in the last minutes of the game. I think that this comes from pressure and nerves within the team.

Many positives out of Bolton’s draw with Blackpool

Bolton Wanderers Keith Hill

Bolton Wanderers faced Blackpool last night and managed a 0-0 draw. The Football Manc Cave weighs in.

For the first time in a long time, I feel confident as a Bolton fan. I feel like I can actually bare to watch a game. I’m not comparing this to the times we were in financial difficulties, I’m talking about the past 5 years or so. Bolton is actually an exciting team to watch again.

Last nights game was highly anticipated as Blackpool are in the top quarter of the League One. Bolton had already proved that they can match top teams performances following the point from Sunderland, so I was actually excited for this game. I must admit, I expected a few goals but I’m happy.

I predicted the Bolton line-up yesterday and I was only one player out, I guessed that Keith Hill would choose either Dennis Politic or Thibaud Verlinden, and not start them both but he did. I think Keith Hill has been quite anxious about playing both of them together due to any potential injuries to either, as they can interchange in the same position

Dominant in attack

Bolton actually dominated the game. We had chances, made attacks and tried to score. That’s all fans have wanted to see for a long time. Looking at Liam Bridcutt, Jason Lowe, Dennis Politic, Ali Crawford, Will Buckley, Thibaud Verlinden and Daryl Murphy and how they have clearly been working hard on how to play together is so refreshing.

Keith Hill has worked wonders with his team. The defence we now have is also so much better to watch. There were times last night when I worried but I clearly didn’t need to be. Joe Dodoo also made his Bolton debut last night when he got brought on in the second half. A few of his chances looked promising so he’s one to watch for us.

Defensive Bolton

Stating Yoan Zouma has worked a treat. He gave away a penalty against Sunderland and I have said all along that if he didn’t keep on getting starts then his confidence would get knocked. However, Hill has kept him in that starting line up and he did a great job last night.

Josh Emmanuel is also developing and adjusting very well. Jack Hobbs is proving himself to the fans as he is constantly getting into the league team of the week and, even bagged himself, man of the match, last night. The defence clearly had a great game because Remi Matthews had a relatively easy night which is something I like to see.

Injury to the Captain

Liam Bridcutt has been an absolute delight to watch. His skill and hard work on the ball have made it easier to watch us attack and push forward as a team.

Unfortunately last night, after a bit of a stumble, Blackpool forward, Armand Gnanduillet landed awkwardly on Bridcutt’s chest and for a moment it looked like he was going to be okay as he breathed through the pain and came back on to the pitch. However, he was then seen crouching and passed on the Captain’s armband to Lowe. He really didn’t want to come off, and no fan did either. It was revealed later on that he fractured his collar bone.

This is a huge blow because he could be out for up to 8 weeks. Just our luck.

Either way, I’m going to be gutted when some of these players have to return to their parent clubs. They’ve all been a huge credit to us and helped us in our journey to start to rebuild.

I love Keith Hill’s strategy’s, determination and mindset. He has said that we will beat the bookies and he’s already doing that, so I am excited about the future of our club.

One thing that did baffle me last night was when Dennis Politic got substituted. He looked to the fourth official to check that it was actually him being subbed and gave a bit of a smirk which to me said he didn’t agree with the situation either.

I do understand that he’s a younger player who’s fitness needs to be put first and I am behind Hill, although, last night, it looked to me like Politic had a lot more to give. I think he would have benefited more from taking Verlinden off who was already on a yellow card.

That aside, we got a point, against Blackpool. We beat the odds again and I couldn’t be happier!

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…

‘Beat the bookies’ Keith Hill’s Bolton war cry

Bolton Wanderers Keith Hill

Bolton Wanderers boss, Keith Hill has said in an interview that his side can ‘beat the bookies.’ The Football Manc Cave takes a closer look.

In an interview with The Bolton News, Keith Hill has responded to the fact that Bolton is still favourites to be relegated from League One this season. The Trotters fell 18 points behind the safety line after last weekends defeat to Portsmouth, and still have the possibility of further punishment from the EFL hanging over their heads.

Hill is now said to be urging his players to fight what is in front of them rather than worrying about the potential consequences and to also ignore anyone who is writing off their chances. He has explained how the club has been fighting a long, hard summer and still have had no relief but despite everything, he believes his side are ‘still in it.’ He’s also added to this by saying that anyone who disrespects League One simply doesn’t know it.

In my opinion, I do clearly think we’ve got a huge relegation battle on our hands. Once we get out of the points we have had deducted, we then have to start building again like it’s the start of the season. It will be a relief when we do get out of the minus and I think it’s coming sooner rather than later.

The harder work starts now

However, I like the fact that Keith Hill has got this teams mentality at a point where every game is just as important as the next. They don’t need to think about what’s being said, they just need to put the work in.

I think he’s absolutely spot on in saying that Bolton will beat the bookies because they have already. Look at the Sunderland game, we were not favourites at all, nowhere near but we were winning until the last couple of minutes of the game. Fans are actually excited to start putting bets on Bolton again because goals are coming gradually.

What Keith Hill has done with this team just proves that he knows what he’s doing. This is in no disrespect to Phil Parkinson because he stuck around in extremely difficult times and will always be remembered for that.

However, Hill’s experience with this level of football just goes to show. He’s got the squad playing skilful football, scoring goals, got the defence working as a solid team and is developing the youngsters well too. All of the above and he’s still not happy because he wants his squad’s fitness to be better, which just proves how much he cares for this team.

While I think it’ll be a hard battle. I think Keith’s attitude towards the league, his players and football as a whole will see us get back on top eventually.

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