We’ve got Wigan on Saturday, a very important local derby, so naturally, we’ll go into it with a backdrop of unpaid wages and general rubbish once again.
While non-footballing staff have been paid, and everyone else promised their money next week, the can has been kicked down the road. On the pitch, Bolton somehow remain level on points with teams outside the bottom three, but their goal difference keeps them the wrong side of that dotted line.
— Bolton Wanderers FC (@OfficialBWFC) November 30, 2018
It’s hard to care. Stephen Ireland won’t be involved seemingly, with him needing an under-23 game to get up to speed still. Nick Powell has a hamstring problem so is a doubt, Gavin Massey, Michael Jacobs and Chey Dunkley are all out for Wigan, while there will be no return to Bolton for Antonee Robinson.
Wigan player to watch – Nick Powell (if fit)
Leads both the goalscoring and assist charts for that lot this season, so if he doesn’t recover in time that’ll help us a little bit.
Facts and stats
We’re unbeaten in our last three home games against Wigan, winning in both league and cup in the 2014-15 season, while Adam Bogdan saved a Jordi Gomez penalty to rescue a point in 2014, in a game we had been leading in the 88th minute.
Phil Parkinson and Paul Cook will meet for the seventh time, and in the third different division.
Wigan have been awful away from home recently and could be defeated for the eighth time in a row, which would be their worst ever Football League run. Whoever scores first wins it. I reckon it can be us. 1-0.