Date: 13th April 2013 at 1:17pm
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So everyone, Saturday has arrived, and we face the first of a potential eight cup finals. A footballing cliché I admit, but as far as footballing clichés go, at least it makes sense and puts every second on the pitch into context. We are 720 minutes away from the Premier League, or only 450 away from devastation. It is in hands whether we earn the right to those extra 270 minutes, and whether we use them to reenter the grand stage our club deserves. Let`s do this.

It`s always difficult playing a team at the bottom of the league when you desperately need those three points. Bristol City may need a miracle to stay up this season, but they won`t go down without a fight. They`ve performed to at least a modest level at home of late, and they will want to ensure that they give their fans a few smiles before they are plunged back into the abyss that is League One football after several years in only mild obscurity.

Nerves are surely going to be issue with the Bolton squad as they look to snatch a playoff place, but I imagine that Dougie is the sort of meticulous thinker that has been actively managing this for quite some time. I think that the Coyle regime had seriously affected the mental state of some of the players; in hindsight I am astonished that the ‘boys club` approach to professionalism didn`t get us relegated sooner than we were. In fact, just how did we spend pretty much all (bar the last day) of his first full season in the top ten? Madness?

Anyway, Dougie`s team of consummate professionals now ooze of the class both on and off the field, and today I expect a classy away victory to put in those all important places BY THE END OF THE DAY. Cardiff will beat Forest, and Boro will surprise Brighton. We will finish this fine Saturday in fifth. FIFTH. FIFTH!!

Vital Quotes:

Dougie is in full agreement with me about Bristol City, it appears. He told the club`s official website: “It is a game that Bristol City have to win, they will have a weight off their shoulder so to speak and they have nothing to really lose.

“They are going to take risks and it makes it hard to anticipate what they are going to do so it is not going to be an easy game this weekend. It is being able to cope with the different scenarios, Bristol City have nothing to lose but on Tuesday night when we play a team which is alongside us in the table.”

Bristol City Team News:

I know so little about their squad, so I`ll let Vital Bristol City tell you:

Bristol City hope to have Cole Skuse available for the visit of Bolton.

The midfielder missed last weekend’s defeat to Burnley with a knee injury, but City will give him a late check ahead of the kick off.

Ryan Taylor is also battling to be involved, but as he has only just returned to training, it’s unlikely that he will make an appearance. Defender Lewis Nyatanga (Achilles) and strikers Sam Baldock (hamstring) and Jon Stead (groin) will have to prove their fitness after recovering from their injuries.

Player to watch: The Goal Netting

They won`t have the ball; so why bother?

Bolton Wanderers Team News:

Nothing has really changed regarding our selection situation. Keith is still out with his Achilles injury, and Mears and Riley are out for the rest of the season. I think that when Holden returns from loan, he should utilised as a back-up right back. Fast, defensively sound, clever in the tackle and able to get forward and support the attack: why not?

Player to watch: DAVE

Last time I put Dave in here, he scored. So?

Ngog Ngog Ngog Ngog Ngog Ngog Ngog Ngog Ngog Ngog.

Match Facts & Stats

We`ve only beaten them away three times. Let`s make that four!!!

Match Prediction:

I think we will win this comfortably. 3-0 to the mighty Bolton Wanderers.

Next Fixtures:

A midweek battle-for-the-ages at the King Power Stadium, followed by a home match against the Smoggies next Saturday. Then it`s only Cardiff, Blackpool, Palace home and away, and a nice little victory against Watford at the home of football. You`ve heard it here first!!


15 Replies to “Bolton Wanderers: Brizzle Preview”

  • We’re very well-stocked at CM with Medo, Spearing, Pratley, Vela and Andrews. If Ricketts gets injured or suspended, I would much prefer to see a player that has all the attributes required to be a skilled attacking right back play a 33-year old stopgap like Butterfield who doesn’t really have ability in any area of his game.

  • 1 nil. COYW!!!! shame for medo, thought he was excellent, but i trust dougie, and pratley will put a shift in, i guess bristol will be hard to figure out, considering there position, bit of caution is justified.

  • As you say Al we look solid in midfield especially with Student to come back (believe, Whites fans!) Like the cut of Medo’s jib too. Among all the talk of who DF may bring in I repeat that it would be nice to have a prolific striker so we could occasionally take teams to the cleaners and have a healthy goal difference. I remember Lineker saying he only scored one goal in his career from outside of the box and that he had scored with pretty much every part of his body; that is the kind of striker everyone needs…right place, right time, squeeze it in with a twitch of the buttock!

  • Been catching up with the writings on here and wanted to say a big thanks to King Michael Of All The Australasians for a cracking wedge of memory-fetching nostalgia. One day I will share my own anecdotes but two teams stand out for me…the Byrom/Greaves/Nicholson/Siddall/Morgan/etc one…and the slightly later one with the addition of Sir Frank/Super John/Macca/Walker/etc. Would love another squad to match those names. But big thanks to AussieMike.

  • cracking win, we deserve a bit of luck from the charlton loss. well done lads for keeping them out just enough. sounded a tough match. it always was going to be the case with bristol NEEDING a win. brilliant!!!!

  • wow, was not expecting brighton to win, thought they had lost all their teeth in their bite. but palace seem to be struggling. looking forward to Tuesday!!! cant wait.

  • brilliant result, truly brilliant, big thanks to the players and DF. So important psychologically to get in the play off spots – hope it doesn’t put the kiss of death on us like previous teams before us. Jut to add for Boltongav – my previous reference to recent fortunate results was primarily directed at other team results going in our favour, followed by our run of 1-0 victories that can so easily end up as 1-1 draws. As you rightly say the defence has improved to our benefit of late. Lets not overshadow todays result – pure brilliance – Skippy deserves a kiss for sure.

  • Cracking result today, so different to a few months ago when the heads would have dropped after the equaliser. The wheels have come off at Leicester so let’s hope the boys can get the job done on Tuesday. I think if we win that it should be job done as I can’t see us losing the home games. Finally Mike I knew that you were referring to the other results, my point is that when boring Arsenal were winning the league a few years ago with 1-0 wins and Utd etc. were dropping points at the Reebok nobody said that was lucky.

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