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Keith Hill has options as Bolton Wanderers look to topple Coventry City today

Bolton Wanderers football stadium

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…

Bolton Wanderers Keith Hill
Bolton Wanderers manager Keith Hill

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.

Ex Nottingham Forest player Daryl Murphy is becoming a fan favourite at Bolton

Daryl Murphy

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.

3 Bolton Wanderers January signing’s that you should watch out for

Bolton Wanderers football stadium

The Football Manc Cave is taking a closer look at some of Bolton Wanderers’ January signing’s. We’ve picked out 3 players who should be ones to watch.

In the summer transfer window, Keith Hill had a busy last day bringing as many players in as possible. However, this window was a little less hectic.

With Bolton being stuck at the bottom of League One, it looks like relegation is on the cards. This hasn’t been appealing to some potential signing’s.

It has also meant that some players who have arrived at Bolton have only signed deals until the end of the current season.

With that being said, there are a few signing’s that could be exciting for Keith Hill’s side in the months to come.

Bolton Wanderers Kean Bryan in action
Photo Credit: The Bolton News

Kean Bryan

The 23-year-old has signed for the Wanderers’ until the end of the season. He arrived from Sheffield United very excited to get started.

The defender made his debut this weekend and made a good impression. His lack of game time at the Blades could have effected how he played this weekend.

However, he always looked confident on the ball and seemed to always have time and space.

Bolton Wanderers Ethan Hamilton
Photo Credit: The Bolton News

Ethan Hamilton

The 21-year-old has joined Bolton from Man United. He also played against Tranmere at the weekend.

His ability to win nearly every ball that came in his direction was enough to impress fans and scare the opposition.

The energy that the midfielder also brought to Saturday’s clash, was an exciting element for the future.

Bolton’s new loan signing Anthony Georgiou of Tottenham Hotspur
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Anthony Georgiou

The 22-year-old is yet to play for Keith Hill. However, the fact that he has come from Tottenham’s youth team is an exciting enough prospect.

He is another player to only sign for Bolton until the end of the season but the midfielder is someone who fans should look out for.

Rochdale fans react to the last gasp winner ‘Poor Shrewsbury must feel like they’ve been mugged.’

Rochdale defending

An 88th-minute goal meant that Rochdale took all three points against Shrewsbury this weekend. The Football Manc Cave looks at your reactions.

The game wasn’t packed with a lot of action and fans seemed to be pretty bored. However, in the 67th minute, 21-year-old Tyler Smith replaced Aaron Wilbraham.

Rochdale fans have been used too late disappointment in games. Although, the late goal in this game went in their favour.

Tyler Smith managed to get his first goal for Dale in the 88th minute. This also was enough for Brian Barry Murphy’s side to take all three points.

However, despite the win, Rochdale fans are still frustrated…

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‘Don’t change a winning side’ Bolton Wanderers fans react to their win

Two minutes was all it took for Bolton Wanderers to take the lead over Tranmere Rovers this weekend. The Football Manc Cave takes a look at Bolton fans’ reactions.

It was Bolton’s first game this weekend since the transfer window closed. They faced Tranmere Rovers at home.

With a few players returning to their parent clubs but a few new arrivals coming in, fans didn’t know whether to be excited or worried.

However, two minutes was all it took for Keith Hill’s side to take the lead.

19 year old, Dennis Politic opened the scoresheet with a wonderful goal. This definitely gave fans something to shout about as it was also nominated for Sky Bets goal of the day.

Chris O’Grady also managed to find the back of the net in the second half. An outstanding team performance meant Bolton took all 3 points.

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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.

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