Date: 30th July 2016 at 9:52pm
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Bolton ended their preseason preparations with a goalless draw at home to Preston

Bolton ended their preseason preparations with a goalless draw at home to Preston.

It sounds pretty uninspiring, but the reality of where we are now is we’ve held a side a division above us to a draw.

These friendlies have gone largely to form with the exception of Mansfield. We’ve beat the teams we’re stronger than, we lost to the team two divisions above us (writing that bit hurts badly) and we drew at home to a team in a league above us.

So nothing to overly inspire, nor scare us.

Have we learnt anything more?

It seems Mark Howard will get the nod in goal next Saturday against his old club, playing the full 90 minutes today.

David Wheater and Frazer Richardson were involved again.

Phil Parkinson seems to want to sign both players, whether we can do that in the next week would be nice to know. It has gone very quiet since the Rob Holding sale, ironically.

Cover at the back may still be needed while injuries take their toll. Derik was in the squad today but didn’t play. The injuries in pre season probably haven’t been helped by flogging the players in double training sessions, but hopefully they will recover as soon as possible


2 Replies to “Bolton End Preseason With Goalless Draw”

  • Predictably, it looks like we may be in for a number of goalless draws this year, if the Burnley/Preston matches are anything to go by. We desperately need a proven striker. As it appears do Preston. Beevers is a good signing. He was immense at the back, while Wheater still looks short of fitness. Never the quickest, he looked a liability at times. If we sign him, he will have to get up to speed very quickly to have his usual impact. I also liked Richardson and hope we can afford to sign him. Basically, I liked the look of the back four that we started with and Collins also fits the bill. Taylor is a breath of fresh air and we could do with another one like him on the right wing. In fact, I like all the lads that Parky has signed/invited for trial. Best we’ve seen for ages. I think we are all a bit tired of watching Mavies, Pratley and Trotter now. Time for them to move on and find other clubs and make a fresh start. They have nothing new to offer and they are too expensive. I’d also like to know where Derik is going to fit in. He was certainly a success in front of the back four last year. He has to be given a chance at some stage. With my half empty glass, I am not overly confident about next season. It seems we now have no money to spend, despite being told Parky would get some of the Holding money. Rather, it will go towards paying wages or Ken’s burgeoning bank balance. For me, no team has a realistic chance of being promoted without a successful striker. So, if you are listening Ken et al, get Le Fondre quick! Unfortunately, It appears we have to hope that Clough stays fit and hits the net regularly, along with Clayton and Proctor. We can forget Madine, he was never going to be the answer to our prayers. I think if we can give Parky the tools soon enough, he will bring us success. He seems to know what he’s doing. But I doubt that Ken is going to cough up anytime soon!

  • I don’t see us going up either. In Madine and Proctor we have two strikers who will score goals at this level. But enough to win the league? Unlikely. Clough and Clayton aren’t regular goalscorers too but at their ages, they could still come on.

    I still think Davies can do a job. I think successive managers haven’t been able to work out how to deploy him. At his best he’d be the best centre mid in the division. If he stayed fit too I suppose

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