When was the last time Bolton lost? Historians aren’t sure, such is the length of our unbeaten run.
On a serious note, we’re on a fantastic streak, and in theory we should be continuing it tomorrow lunchtime when we welcome Colchester for the first game of the Easter doubleheader. We’re now in the territory of christening every game as a ‘cup final’ – and while we can’t stay there due to Cheltenham playing Tranmere later in the day, we could go second for a couple of hours should we manage to take all three points.
There shouldn’t be any new worries, Antoni Sarcevic, Dennis Politic and Liam Edwards are all still out, unless Evatt wants to tweak the three attacking midfielders, it will surely be the same team that beat Forest Green last week. I could see George Thomason coming out of the side for either Lloyd Isgrove or Marcus Maddison, in fact.
A repeat of our only previous home match against Colchester will do nicely – back in May 1988 we won 4-0, and we were promoted from the fourth tier that season, omen fans.
Pre-season promotion fancies, and play-off semi-finalists last season, Colchester have had a bad season and are sleepwalking towards relegation. Just four points above the drop zone and on a winless run, they replaced their caretaker manager yesterday with another one. Hayden Mullins, who was dropped in the Watford hot seat for their final games against Man City and Arsenal last season, was appointed until the end of the season. He could have an unwanted unique double in being relegated from the Premier League and EFL in successive seasons.
I want to predict a 3-0 to Bolton, but this might be the type of game which is needlessly tight. And Colchester could have a new manager bounce. But current form would suggest we win this.
Other key fixtures (3pm kickoffs)
Barrow v Newport (7th)
Bradford v Forest Green (5th)
Cambridge (1st) v Morecambe (6th)
Cheltenham (2nd) v Tranmere (3rd)
Port Vale v Exeter (8th)