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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.


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.

Bolton fans react after GK opens up on his tough year ‘Great attitude & talented keeper, I’m sure he’ll be a success story as Bolton move forward’

Bolton News reporter, Marc Iles sat and spoke to Bolton goalkeeper, Remi Matthews this week.

The Bolton Wanderers reporter got the chance to actually sit and speak to the goalkeeper who has had an extremely hard year. Matthews has come under the firing line from fans for a while now When you actually look at what he’s been through and the stats in the league, I think you’ll change your mind a little.

Ok the financial crisis stage of the club, Matthews tried to get noticed from other clubs in case Bolton were to go under. He had a move to Norwich fall through, he went 5 months unpaid, had a deal for him to move to Crystal Palace blocked by administrators and to top it off, things on the pitch have been even worse.

After the relegation battle last season, the 25-year-old went through a 5 game spell in which the team conceded 26 goals. This obviously led to criticism. The more shocking numbers that Marc Iles explained was that the goalkeeper has faced, on average, 25 shots per game in his 7 appearances so far this season.

The stats are high

He’s is the leagues highest saving goalkeeper with 30 shots stopped to his name so far this season. The keeper has spoken how this has been the hardest year of his life, with the financial difficulties and then now facing abuse over social media about his performances.

Some fans are very quick to think that this is all the ‘keeper’s fault without watching a game. Don’t get me wrong, I have judged Matthews after watching him sometimes, however, he deserves credit. He’s stuck with us, he’s dealing with the comments he’s getting, but people are disregarding the fact that he’s had more work to do than any other keeper in this league so far this season.

You can see why he collapsed to his knees after keeping a clean sheet against Oxford.

Here are your reactions to this interview…

Free-agent fails to impress for Bolton Wanderers, but there is still time

The Football Manc Cave is looking at how Bolton Wanderers new defender, Adam Chicksen performed last weekend.

Just like any other match, the Bolton Wanderers Twitter feed was full of team news, warm-up videos and news before Saturday’s clash with Rotherham. And then a little signing announcement was made. Bolton signed a free agent and ex Bradford player, Adam Chicksen.

Fans reacted to this news quite sarcastically, someone even asked if he had signed the contract on the coach on the way to the game, as there was literally no news of this until it happened. Expectations for the defender were very low, with some saying he was the worst defender they’d ever seen. Not a very hopeful signing for a team who are in desperate need for a good defence.

Thrown straight into the action

The 27-year-old left-back was thrown straight into the mix of the starting line up on Saturday. This came after Joe Bunney was involved in a car crash and couldn’t play this weekend, so desperate recruitment was needed.

With expectations already at a low, the scoreline of the game kind of speaks for itself. A 6-1 loss shows that the defence needs work. It’s not just the new defender who is the issue, all of the defence were unorganised. Chasing the ball and a number of players were running after the same opposition player a lot of the time.

It’s going to take a few weeks before fans will be able to give a proper reaction to his performances, as he will need to get some more playing time in first. He might be rated quite low but Keith Hill is working closely with the squad he has and trying his best to get results. Hopefully, Chicksen will adapt to his role for his time with us, while Joe Bunney recovers and he’ll be a worth while signing… I just can’t see him doing a great job.

3 changes Hill should make for Bolton against Oxford tonight

Bolton Wanderers lost 6-1 to Rotherham this weekend and The Football Manc Cave is looking at what Keith Hill could do in order to change things around next week.

Keith Hill has had a very difficult job to walk into. He’s having to take over a club who are on -11 points, have a huge goal difference, the obvious problems behind the scenes that have just been sorted out and a relatively new squad with youngsters and new signings.

I didn’t have high expectations for his first game in charge so when we went 1-0 up, I was shocked. The 6-1 defeat that came after this clearly had me feeling a little different, however, it’s more like the scoreline I expected.

It’s going to take a bit of time for things to start developing as the new team gel together and the manager adapts to his new job, however, here’s a few things he could do next week…

Ronan Darcy

A lot of Bolton fans will have the youngsters who had to play under Phil Parkinson down as legends. These teenagers gave it their all in League One when they were all called to action. Fans have made it pretty clear that they didn’t want these squad members completely dropped, now that new and more experienced players were in the mix.

Keith Hill did listen to this on Saturday in some areas, however, one decision he did make was to start Luke Murphy. In the 62nd minute, Hill subbed him for the youngster, Ronan Darcy. A couple of minutes later, Rotherham scored another goal, although that would be their last.

This for me goes to show that Darcy had an effect on the game and this change was appropriate. Going into the next game, maybe Hill should consider starting Darcy and bringing Murphy on if things go wrong.

Jason Lowe

Keith Hill made a very bold and brave decision by benching Jason Lowe this weekend. A lot of fans were quite happy about this because they believed other players should be taking his place.

He’s been going out as Captain in Bolton’s opening campaign for the season and this is why this change was a big one. However, opinions soon changed when the man Hill replaced him with, James Weir clearly couldn’t handle the pressure of the game and was subbed off in the 39th minute.

Things weren’t working and Jason Lowe replaced Weir at this point. Things didn’t exactly improve but at this stage, maybe the experience is needed in that area.


When you watch the highlights of the game, all you can see is yellow shirts chasing the ball or chasing the player who has broken into the attacking half. It was all a bit scrambled at that back and unorganised.

The scoreline clearly shows that. Keith Hill needs to work closely with his team to sort this issue out. In my opinion, Yoan Zouma should be given a chance. He might be a younger player, however, he’s become a fan favourite and does offer a threat at the back.

A lot of fans, including myself, are getting a little tired of watching all these goals creep past Remi Matthews, so it would be nice to see Ben Alnwick back in action.

Two more little notes that I think Keith Hill should consider is keeping Liam Bridcutt as our Captain. He put on a good display and fans were impressed by him.

One more thing is keeping Dennis Politic in the starting line up. He is a player that I have continued to put in my prediction of the starting line up, even with new options. He will turn into a heavily wanted player by other clubs, so let’s get the most out of him before he decides to leave us.

Bolton Wanderers in the driving Seat for proven midfield free agent

The Football Manc Cave already reported that free agent, Graham Dorrans was on the radar for Bolton Wanderers and now there’s been a development.

In an article that I wrote, I explained how Graham Dorrans departed Rangers last month and is now available as a free agent. This week, TeamTalk.com have revealed how Dorrans has supposedly favoured a move to Bolton over other clubs. It’s rumoured that Scottish Premiership sides were interested in the midfielder along with Fleetwood and Portsmouth.

Supposedly, Dorrans is excited by the fact that Bolton are on the rebuild and it is appealing to him. So if they could secure his signature, that would be a great move as he’d be determined to get stuck in. The 32-year-old would add some experience to the League One side.

He has options

He’s had his career rocked by a few injuries in his past however, he seems to be over it now and wants to get playing time. It’s nice that he’s got a few options in terms of places to move to, Fleetwood and Portsmouth are both great options. I just think that his experience, determination and the fact that he seems to want to move to the Trotters would be his best option.

It would be great for him to be a part of Bolton’s season now and help them get out of the minus points they are in. I just hope he will keep that appeal in mind when considering his options, as Dundee are also interested in signing the ex-Rangers star.

They are currently on a budget and need to bear that in mind when it comes to signings. He might be a free agent, however, he will still need wages which is something that Bolton’s new owners can provide. I’m sure news will come when he makes up his mind on which club to go to next in his career.

Keith Hill keeps Bolton fans in suspense over starting 11 against Rotherham, here’s how they should line up…

The Football Manc Cave is looking at how the newly bought Bolton Wanderers should line up this weekend.

Just like many other Bolton fans, I’ve been guessing at the starting line up that Keith Hill will put out against Rotherham on his first game in charge. Everything has been kept quite secret from the fans, and the anticipation is great. It’s like our season is just starting because we’ve got a new manager, new players and this weekends game will be exciting for fans.

We don’t even know the squad numbers of the new players yet so this will also be interesting. Fans know that Hill has a variety of new options to throw in the mix at Rotherham. However, fans are united in saying that the youngsters who kept playing for us throughout difficult times, should not be forgotten or left out of the squad.

I had a guess at what team Keith Hill would put out as soon as the new signings were announced. However, it’s recently been revealed that Joe Bunney, our new loanee left-back, has been involved in a car accident that has required us to look at other options for left-back.

So here’s my predicted 11…

New signing, Josh Emmanuel should be given a shot at right back to see how he copes, if things are going wrong, youngster Harry Brockbank can come on to pick up the pieces. Liam Edwards should go back into the central defence and help out fan favourite Yoan Zouma. The left-back position could be filled in by Joe White. However, Keith Hill might have a plan B that we don’t know about.

Dennis Politic

Luke Murphy and Jason Lowe remain experienced in the middle and supported by Ali Crawford on the left-wing, Thibaud Verlinden on the right and the very talented Dennis Politic who should be in the squad supporting the wingers and striker. Liam Bridcutt will more than likely be on the bench and can be brought on if needed.

Daryl Murphy is down as one to watch this weekend, most think he will be starting for the Wanderers and be alone up front. I agree and hope that we’ve been working hard on the training ground to be able to attack.

Whichever team Hill goes with, we need to earn points and get that goal difference down. However, it is just nice to be able to talk about and watch football again!

Bolton needs Hill to achieve these 2 crucial things

The Football Manc Cave are looking at 2 things that Keith Hill has to make a priority and work on this year with Bolton Wanderers to improve their form.

It’s fantastic that things are looking up at Bolton. New owners, new management, new players and the fans have stuck with them throughout. Season tickets have been on sale this week and the demand has been great.

That’s what the fans have done and what the owners are trying to do, but what does Keith Hill need to do for the rest of 2019 in order to succeed?

Sort Out The Goal Difference

Bolton currently sits at bottom of the league with -17 as their goal difference. It’s going to take time to sort that issue out, however, Keith Hill needs to work towards getting that number to single figures or even better, a plus.

This will need to start by working on the defence. He has options now with old and new players. If he works on the defence intensely, then he can start to work on the attack and goals.

I wouldn’t mind us losing a few more if it wasn’t 5-0 losses. If we are going to lose, it needs to be 2-1 or 1-0 to keep the goal difference down. Eventually, as performance gets better, we can start scoring and winning. I hope.

Get Us Out Of the -12 Points

We desperately need a few points to get out of the -12 deduction that was put on us. The young Bolton players who managed to get a point against Coventry were incredible to be able to do that, and now we need a few more of those performances.

It wasn’t Keith Hill, the fans or the players that got us into the mess, but unfortunately they are paying for it and having to get us out of it. The fans are doing their part by selling out away games and purchasing season tickets. Now it’s time for the hard work to kick in, tough management and great team selections.

‘Wanted Nolan but give Keith a chance, Rome wasn’t built in day’ Bolton Wanderers fans happy to be patient

Bolton Wanderers are finally out of the dark, and the appointment of
Keith Hill taking the managers job was sure to bring some big reactions.

Bolton fans were extremely relieved and happy to find out that they wouldn’t be going into liquidation or being removed from the league, because the take over has gone through.

To add to that good news, the club announced their new manager. Names like Kevin Nolan were being thrown around but it was Keith Hill who won the race.

Bolton fans are excited to see what will happen from now on. Here’s your reactions…

Four managers Bolton Wanderers have to consider for their next man in charge

As Phil Parkinson departs Bolton Wanderers, The Football Manc Cave are looking at some possible replacements.

As a Bolton fan, this is hard to write. My prediction is that we will have to cope with a caretaker manager for a while as the takeover still is not complete. The fact that it is still ongoing may mean even further problems for us in terms of even existing so picking out new managerial options is the bottom of our priorities right now.

However, let’s say we do get out of this financial mess and pick ourselves back up. This is me trying to be optimistic.

Here are four managers I’ve picked out who could take over if they were interested and of course if we could guarantee wages…

Jimmy Phillips

Bolton born, Bolton player, academy director and no caretaker manager of the first team. He spent years as a youth team coach with us and has ended up being asked to lead the first team in this challenging time. Phillips already has respect from the squad and fans with his background and should be able to follow in Phil Parkinson’s footsteps, in terms of keeping these young players going even though times are hard. I think he will have to stick around for a while anyway as we have no other option, however, if we do get the takeover to go through, he’s a permanent option.

David Lee

Another ex-Bolton player who has returned to the club as an assistant academy director. He’s a man who could be asked to help anyway in these hard times and he has the respect from fans in these hard times. It would be a sensible option to have someone who already knows the squad, the business and the situation ins and outs to be in charge.

Keith Hill

After six years at Rochdale, his sacking leaves him looking for another team to manage. Another Bolton born man who has played for the likes of Blackburn, Plymouth and Morecambe before going into coaching. He was involved with Rochdale from 2006-2011, spent a year with Barnsley and returned to the Dale in 2013 where he stayed until 2019. Maybe he could be an option if we can sort out our financial situation.

Nigel Pearson

I’m probably getting a bit too optimistic here but let’s take a look at who he’s previously managed. Carlisle United, West Brom, England Under 21’s, Newcastle United, Southampton, Leicester, Hull, Derby and OH Leuven. We can only hope, right?

He’s used to the league, loves a challenge, knows how to get promotion and can bring out the best in players. The only issue is, we are skint, looking like we are going down unless a miracle happens, and not the most attractive for anyone to get involved in. So why would he come to us? Who knows.

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