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Bolton Wanderers’ 2 Key fixtures to close the gap

Bolton Wanderers Keith Hill

Bolton Wanderers sit on -2 points in League One. However, despite improved form recently, hard work needs to continue to climb out of the relegation zone.

Despite the injury blows within Keith Hill’s squad, he has got his men playing to a great standard recently.

Even though they got knocked out of the FA Cup by Plymouth Argyle last weekend, they have been improving in League One. They have also gone through to the next round of the Leasing.com Trophy.

They recently beat Fleetwood at home, 2-1. This win took them to -2 points. A massive improvement on the -12 they started out on this season.

In order to now climb out of the minus points and relegation zone, they will need some wins. Here are two fixtures they could take advantage of soon…

Bolton Wanderers v MK Dons

This Saturday will see the Trotters play MK Dons. Not only does being at home give them an advantage, but MK Dons being 21st in the League also helps.

When they have been beating the likes of Fleetwood who are in the top half of the table, Bolton should be confident here.

MK Dons currently have 13 points and are struggling. Bolton need to take advantage of that and aim for a win.

Accrington Stanley away

On the 23rd of November, Bolton will travel to Accrington Stanley. The fact that Bolton will be the away team may not favour their chances of winning.

However, Accrington Stanley are currently 19th in League One and are on 15 points. They should be able to use that to their advantage.

If Bolton can get some points from MK Dons, that should give them the confidence to beat Accrington Stanley too.

EFL Decision

Despite the positive thinking about Bolton getting out of the minus points and possibly the relegation zone too, there may be another issue.

Earlier in the season, Bolton couldn’t fulfil two fixtures. After a player strike, their clash with Brentford was called off. Then a player welfare issue meant that their clash with Doncaster also didn’t go ahead.

This has all meant that further misconduct charges could be placed on the club. The Bolton News has reported that the EFL will make a decision and it will be announced next week. Could all the hard work at Bolton be a waste of time?

Rochdale’s 17y/o star being eyed up by Man Utd, Man City & Newcastle Utd for a January move

Rochdale defender Luke Matheson is being linked with a number of Premier League clubs with Manchester City, Manchester United and Newcastle all thought to be monitoring the 17-year-old, who has been tipped to have a big future.

Matheson made his senior debut for Rochdale at the age of just 15 when they faced Bury in the EFL Trophy, at the time becoming their youngest ever debutant. He was awarded the Man of Match award that night in what was an impressive display for his age.

Since his opening appearance, the youngster has gone to make 15 league appearances for Dale as he is now a regular in Brian Barry-Murphy’s team. The right-back enjoys driving forward, therefore, he is often involved in attacking plays his side produce.

The highlight of Matheson’s career so far came earlier this season in the Carabao Cup when he scored at Old Trafford against Manchester United to level the game at 1-1. Unfortunately for his side, they eventually lost on penalties to miss out on the giant-killing that night, however, all the headlines were about the ‘Rochdale wonderkid’ the next day.

Matheson recently signed his first professional contract with Rochdale in a three-year-deal. He is another product of the academy at the Greater Manchester club who have produced so many players who have gone on to play at a higher level. He has been at the club since the age of nine, so he is a real success story for their youth system.

Back in February, Matheson was called up into the England under-17 squad to face France where he started in the Three Lions’ 3-2 victory. He recently represented his country at an under-18 level too in games against Poland and Slovakia, the latter who they beat 1-0 on the road, so he is a player who is clearly rated by those who monitor young English players in this country.

Rochdale have made a mixed start to their League One campaign this season where they are 50/1 in the football betting to finish in the top six at the end of the 2018/19 campaign. Matheson is expected to continue to play lots of football as manager Barry-Murphy is not afraid to give the young players in his squad an opportunity to shine.

Higher hopes for Dale

Dale was in a relegation scrap last season but managed to survive with a late surge up the table at the end of the campaign. They are expected to finish much higher this season and still have hopes of finishing in the top six.

Newcastle has reportedly been scouting Matheson since January where they were initially impressed with his talent. Given his goal at Old Trafford though back in September, the two Manchester giants are also thought to now be interested in keeping him in the North West.

If a move for Matheson is made in either the January transfer window or next summer, he could be immediately loaned back to Rochdale in order to continue playing League One football which will help his progression at such a young age.

Rochdale need their defence to look like this tonight to stop Ipswich Town

Rochdale face Ipswich tonight at home. After a loss to Bristol Rovers last weekend, they’ll be looking for a win.

Brian Barry Murphy will be looking for his side to boince back tonight and react. Dale lost to Bristol, 2-1 at the weekend.

They went 2-0 down in the first half and Eoghan O’Connell even scored an own goal.

Fans were frustrated at half time but Dale’s second half performance definitely improved. Callum Camps managed to pull a goal back but it wasn’t enough.

With that in mind, this is how Rochdale’s defence should line up tonight if they want to stand a chance…

Left back: Rhys Norrington-Davies

The 20 year old has got big responsibilities for his age. However, he has adapted well.

This may be a tougher game for him as Ipswich are 2nd in League One. Rochdale are currently 14th.

Centre back: Paul McShane

The 33 year old only joined Rochdale a few weeks ago. However, he has made such a good impact at the back.

He is acting as a leader as his experience proves that he knows what he’s doing.

Centre back: Eoghan O’Connell

The 24 year old scored an own goal against Bristol last weekend. However, he shouldn’t be dropped tonight.

If Brian Barry-Murphy was to leave him out of the squad tonkght, it would completely knock his confidence.

Right back: Luke Matheson

The 17 year old didn’t play against Bristol so he could be featured tonight. He will be rested enough.

Jimmy Keohane played in this position last weekend. He is naturually a midfielder so he could be swapped tonight.

Bolton’s win over Fleetwood shows these 3 signs of change

Bolton Wanderers managed a 2-1 win over Fleetwood this weekend. This now takes them a step closer to getting out of the minus points they were on.

This was a great result for the Trotters this weekend as the win made it 3 in a row.

Keith Hill has really transformed this Bolton side. They started the season on -12 points. However, now they are on -2.

One more win and they will be out of the minus and can start to focus on getting out of the relegation zone.

Here’s 3 points that I have taken from the game that prove things have changed…

Goals

Chris O’Grady and Daryl Murphy were to thank for both Bolton goals. This already proves a big change in the squad.

When both players were introduced to the squad, they struggled to find the back of the net. However, in recent weeks, they have both improved massively.

First Half

The fact that both goals came from the first half paints a picture of strength. Not only did Bolton keep on top of their lead.

They also kept on top of the 3 points by not allowing Fleetwood to equalise. This is also an improvement.

Teamwork

The Bolton squad were kind of chucked together with little time to gel. Now that they have, they are performing collectively.

Stand out performers other than the goal scorers have been players like Jason Lowe and Josh Emmanuel. They are all playing for each other, the fans and to escape the bottom three.

1 pro & 1 con to Rochdale’s loss to Bristol Rovers

Rochdale faced Bristol Rovers at home this weekend. Unfortunately, they lost 2-1. However, here is one positive that Dale can take from the game and one lesson.

Bristol managed to go 1-0 up after 8 minutes. Unfortunately, things got even worse for Brian Barry-Murphy’s side.

O’Connell scored an own goal soon after this to give Bristol a 2-0 lead.

However, Rochdale came out fighting in the second half. Fans were much more inspired by their teams performance and they even managed to pull one back.

Callum Camps managed to get Dale’s only goal of the game. Here’s one pro and one con they’ll take from the game…

Pro: Second half

At least the team and the management recognised that they needed to improve. Fans really weren’t happy until things changed.

Whatever was said in the changing rooms at half time inspired the Dale team to come out and try to turn things around. There were also a few questionable decisions by officials that effected Dale.

Con: Second Loss

This was Rochdale’s second loss in a row. They play a second placed Ipswich tomorrow.

It is unlikely that they will get some points from this game. That is why these last two performances should have been better. Own goals definitely don’t help the situation.

Bolton should keep these 3 players in the line up from midweek against Fleetwood

Keith Hill’s Bolton side are back in league action tomorrow. They will play Fleetwood at home. Their recent good form is something they will want to keep up.

After beating Bristol in the league and Man City Under 21’s in the Leasing.com trophy, Bolton will be feeling very confident.

However, they did have another injury blow this week as Ali Crawford is out. He scored against Man City and has been a big part of the team since signing.

There are a lot of players who have been great consistently like Remi Matthews. Players like Yoan Zouma seem to be having a tough time after an own goal this week. Hopefully they’ll bounce back.

Keith Hill will have to put that behind him and pick a decebt team for tomorrow. With that being said, here’s 3 players who should remain in the line up…

Chris O’Grady

As a Bolton fan, I wanted O’Grady to get a chance and now he has.

He scored twice agaisnt Man City’s youngsters. This should give him a drive to do the same this weekend.

Joe Dodoo

When Dodoo first joined Bolton, he was brought on as a substitute often. Now he has worked his way into the starting line up.

I wanted him to get that chance because I believe he drives the attack forward.

Dennis Politic

It’s unfortunate that Crawford is injured. The forward link up between him, Dodoo and O’Grady has been great to see.

However, now that he isn’t available, Politic could fill in that position. The youngster is more than capable.

These 2 players need to start if Rochdale want to keep climbing the table

Rochdale’s form has changed recently with win after win. The Football Manc Cave have picked out two stand out players that are making the difference.

Rochdale’s form was up and down at the start of the season. Some performances were solid, some were poor.

However, Brian Barry-Murphy has got the team gelled together. They’re now scoring, winning and climbing League One.

In order to keep doing that, there are a couple of players who need to be in that starting line up from week to week…

Ian Henderson

Henderson has been on the score sheet nearly every week for Dale. He has been outstanding so far this season.

However, it isn’t just the goals that prove he’s on top of the game. When he is in the squad, he motivates the rest of the team to attack. He’s a much needed man on the squad.

Ollie Rathbone

Rathbone has been absolutely brilliant for Dale. He’s proving to be a fan favourite too.

Not only has he scored goals, he’s also a hard-working individual. Fans have picked up on the fact that he never stops running.

’Only 8 points off the top of the league.’ Rochdale fans react to their win over MK Dons

Rochdale managed another win last night against MK Dons. This has also made it 3 wins in 3 for Brian Barry-Murphy’s side.

Matt Done put Dale 1-0 up in under 10 minutes. However, this goal has caused some confusion because it was originally Callum Camps who hit the strike. Done seemed to take a touch on the line.

Either way, a goal is a goal. Ian Henderson then continued his goal-scoring run and made it 2-0 to Dale in the second half.

Ollie Rathbone also got man of the match. Fans praised his hard work and noticed that he never stops running.

This now takes Rochdale to 11th in League One on 19 points. Brian Barry-Murphy’s hard work with his squad is paying off.

Here’s your reactions…

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Twitter reacts to Chichester donating to Bury

The Bury Times have explained how Chichester City will be making a donation to Bury Football Club. The Football Manc Cave looks at your reactions.

Chichester are the lowest-ranked team in the FA Cup. They were the last team to be drawn out on Monday. With Bury’s expulsion from the competition, this meant that Chichester get to go straight through to the next round.

They now pocket £36,000 in prize money simply for going through. However, they have made a brilliant gesture to the Shakers.

Tweet

The Chichester Twitter account put out a tweet to explain that they would be making a donation to Bury.

This is a fantastic gesture that fans have been overwhelmed by. The Bury Twitter account replied showing their appreciation.

Now it looks like Bury fans may start to follow Chichester’s progress in the competition as a thank you.

Your reactions:

Court

Unfortunately, Bury are back in the High Court on Wednesday, October 30 to face a winding-up petition. This hearing could see the club formally liquidated.

This gesture should take centre stage over the disappointing court news.

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.

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