Bolton play their final game not just of 2019 tomorrow, but the entire decade, when they play Shrewsbury.
Our first league game of the 2010s was at home to Arsenal, so for anyone who isn’t a Bolton fan reading this, you can work out what the last ten years have been like…
There’s also a link between the final games of this and the last decade for Wanderers. Tomorrow’s opposing manager is Sam Ricketts, a member of our squad in that game 10 years ago which cost Gary Megson his job. In more important matters, tomorrow’s game is a chance for Keith Hill’s men to get back-to-back home wins on the board, and with Southend not in action, even a chance to get off the bottom of the table.
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Keith Hill has said he had planned to speak to his member of his squad to work out whether they would be ready to play 90 minutes tomorrow. Wanderers of course have three games in seven days but limited scope to shuffle the pack. Shrewsbury may not have Ollie Norburn due to illness, but aside from that no new concerns.
Facts and stats
Bolton’s last home game against Shrewsbury was the Boxing Day fixture three years ago. David Wheater had us 2-0 up in that with a double, before Junior Brown ensured a nervy finish with a late goal.
Bolton have five points from their last five fixtures, while Shrewsbury have seven points.
Wanderers can get off the bottom should they win. A best case scenario would see us cut the gap to safety to 11 points.
It’s an awkward time of the season for predictions, due to the amount of games and squad rotation. I think we’ll get something out of this though, 1-1.