Bolton begin life without Phil Parkinson tomorrow when fellow relegated side Ipswich visit us. The corresponding fixture last season is the last time we scored a league goal, when we hit a consolation effort in a 2-1 defeat in April.
Our summers have been very different. We all know what we are going through, Ipswich on the other hand are one of the favourites to go straight back up, and are unbeaten so far, as well as huge odds on favourites with the bookies tomorrow.
Jimmy Phillips will take the team, which will be probably be similar to the one that lost heavily at Tranmere last week – there are no new injuries, but Josh Earl, Dennis Politic, Liam Edwards and Connor Hall all remain injured, with seemingly no new registrations on the horizon.
Ipswich could rotate after beating Wimbledon in midweek, Luke Chambers could return as captain in defence, young Anthony Georgiou could make his first start further forward, with a possible start for Gwion Edwards on the flank.
It could be a hard day for us though. Hopefully, not having a game on Tuesday will have at least give the youngsters a bit of time to recover, and maybe Ipswich won’t be as primitive as Tranmere were, which might actually play into our hands a little bit. Whatever the case, we’re going into this second favourites again.