Date: 16th April 2013 at 12:36pm
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Afternoon all. I`ve got the luxury of writing this a little bit earlier today, as I`ve a half day at work so I can go to the match! It`s my first away game of the season too. Yes, I know, that`s disgraceful. So, before I set off, let me preview the game.

These are the sort of games you look forward to as a football fan. Games where the result can change the shape of an entire season, an entire club or even an entire community. Win, and we look pretty close to confirming our place in the playoffs. Lose, and it makes it very very hard. It`s almost knockout football. I cannot wait.

Brighton play Peterborough away, and Forest play Boro. Two big games that good results could hand us a really huge favour in our fight to return to the promised land.

Vital Quotes:

Chris Eagles is dead up for this promotion push, which I hope translates into some goals on the pitch. He told the club`s official website; “We`d like to think we can go all the way, but we`re not happy where we are – we still want to push on and that`s what we`ll do. Leicester is a massive game, and they`re going to be watching us as we`ve climbed the table. They drew again on Friday night – they`ve not been in great form lately so it`s going to be interesting, but it makes it enjoyable as well for the fans.

“It doesn`t matter if you support Bolton or not, it`s just been an incredible story of where we`ve come from this season. Personally, I`m playing with a smile on my face and I`m loving every minute of it. It`s an honour putting a Bolton shirt on every week and especially when we win it is brilliant.

Leicester City Team News:

Leicester have a fully fit squad to choose from. Shame none of them have put in a performance in weeks!*

*Yeah, the trash talks starts NOW.

Player to watch: David Nugent

And that says it all…

Bolton Wanderers Team News:

We`re as is, although Jay is a slight doubt with his toe.

Player to watch: MEDO

This man will win the game for us tonight. Since he`s reached full fitness, he`s been a different class. Strong in the tackle, no-nonsense, and scarily athletic. Those Leicester boys won`t know what`s hit them.

Match Facts & Stats

We battered Leicester 5-0 at Filbert Street in our first game back in the Premier League, in a spell that lasted 11 years and ended last May. A similar win tonight looks very unlikely, but if Michael Ricketts can play for England, why not?

Match Prediction:

A 2-1 victory for Wanderers, for our ninth win in eleven games.

Next Fixtures:

That massive game against Middlesborough, followed by all the other MASSIVE games. COME ON YOU WHITES!!


28 Replies to “Bolton Wanderers: Leicester Preview”

  • 1-0 to us with a Craig Davies goal. David Nugent has gone 12 league games without scoring for Leicester City, of which they’ve lost 7 and drawn 5. The only one he missed was the 3-0 win over Blackburn Rovers. Let’s hope he plays…

  • Well that’ll be one more away match this season than I’ve been too. So I guess that makes me an even bigger disgrace.

  • Half time 2-1 and one shop from open play. I think it needs a change with only ngog upfront. Come on Dougie throw on a couple of strikers and go for it.

  • Without seeing the game, I suggest Waves and Davies on for Butterfield and Ngog then Sordell for Vela if that hasnt worked by the 70th minute. Its do or die time.

  • Palace doing their bit getting smashed half time 3-0 and Borough getting their win out of the way before the weekend!! so Forest dropping points. Just down to us to do our bit. COYWM

  • Not a bad night really. The win would have been the icing on the cake. But nobody else wants to stop us getting there. Just hope that isn’t Leicester getting going again. Bring on boro.

  • Went tonight and thought we deserved at least a point, but remain very much in it with the other results. I may be being over critical but thought Bogdan might have done better with both open play goals? Could have been unsighted for the third but for me shouldn’t have let the second in from that angle. Then again we shouldn’t have conceded the pen just before. It looked a bit harsh to me but probably a bit of an ill advised tackle (from Butterfield i think) who proceded to have a dreadful second half before being wisely subbed. Overall, a great attacking and committed performance though, despite these quibbles, and worlds away from the aimless rubbish we were watching in the early part of the season. I think we’ll still make top six – just. Bring on Boro and let’s have the three points!

  • Great game but we let them have a free undefended shot from just outside the box yet again. DF lost this one for us by playing Bogdan and not throwing Eaves and Sordell on after their 3rd – nothing to lose. N’gog was very lucky to get the pen as he scuffed it and it went in off the post. He should have been subbed early and he wouldn’t have been injured. He was useless throughout. Bogdan went the wrong way yet again for the pen and agree should have done better with the other goals. However, apart from Butterfield and N’gog everyone bust a gut and made it a very exciting end to end game that we should have at least drawn. Standing ovation from us all at the end. Well done lads and bad luck to lose.

  • By all accounts a great effort with some good individual performances, alas just when you need your goalie to be on top form the inevitable happens. Team selection continues to confuse me, i.e. I thought Sordell was on good form and deserved a regular run ? but that’s not for me to say. As a 6 pointer, defeat last night was the worst possible outcome seriously damaging our prospects. Leicester have now regained control and the result will give them the same injection of belief that we have previously enjoyed. Whether we can recover that 6th spot remains to be seen, the task has certainly become far more difficult but the opportunity remains with everything to play for if we can rise to the occasion and get the results.

  • Butterfield has proved in both starts against Huddersfield and against Leicester last night he is a liability. Maybe Ricketts needed a rest or whatever, but surely Butterfield is not the best replacement in a squad that boasts numerous right backs? Sounds like the lads gave it their all though so fair do’s to em for effort. Scoring goals and creating chances is still the biggest issue especially from our strike force. I know N’gog doesn’t seem to do himself any favours when it comes to finishing chances especially of late, but i do think he has class and at only 24 am convinced there is more to come from him. When they have played together the link up play of N’gog and Sordell up top has been good and would like to see DF concentrate on forging that partnership. I think Sordell could score alot of goals playing of N’gog. Looking forward to the game on saturday still in with a shout. COYWM!

  • Seriously guys, scoring goals isn’t the problem. We’ve scored 65, the 5th most in the league. Cardiff have the second most and that’s only 68. Watford have 78, sure, but it’s clean sheets that win you matches, which is why Watford aren’t top, and which is why we’ve had a much better second half of the season than we did first half. Stop doing the strikers and midfielders such a disservice and concentrate on what actually matters – the fact that any defence with Butterfield in it is a liability and any defence with Zat Knight in it is likely to crumble at some point. I still think we’ll make it, I thought last night’s set of results went pretty well for us.

  • Oh, and that any defence with Bogdan behind it seems to concede far more than one with Lonergan there. 9 games, 8 goals conceded, 4 clean sheets – that record would be up there with any goalkeeper in the league, including Cardiff’s.

  • Why so defensive of misfiring strikers though. They are paid to score goals its their job. Your stats are great Rob they really do say alot, but the bottom line is we are not creating many chances and the ones we do create we are not putting away enough of them. If we had sharper teeth up front there would be less pressure on the back 4 and the keeper. I know thats the strategy DF is playing and its difficult to argue its not been working of late, but there is only so much pressure a team can soak up when playing a good side. Its inevitable they will score in the end.

  • I agree with you both to a degree but I do still think that Ngog looks like a passenger too much of the time. I don’t think butterfield should get another game but I am not too worried long term about him as he will be gone in a few weeks. Ngog is the big worry as I have said before he promises so much but delivers so little.

  • Well we don’t need to worry about Ngog now, he’s evidently knackered for the rest of the season along with Spearing. Hopefully Tom Eaves can make an impact in these last days, and I wonder if we can get Students back to fill the gap left by Spearing? I moaned about Bogdan’s shot stopping last night and having now seen the replays I am not inclined to change my opinion. Their second goal was a fantastic Okocha style strike but the third should have been saved for me. After Jussi and Al Habsi’s heroics I just expect better, but we are where we are. That, and Butterfield’s Paul Robinson style performance aside, I thought we were excellent though. This new spate of injuries could hurt us though – forgive the pun.

  • I never buy a programme these days, except on my occasional away trips. And they’re always rubbish so I was a bit astounded by the Leicester one that was actually interesting, and a bit quirky – eg an article about Premier Sock Tape who are apparently the worlds leading Sock Tape and ‘niche’ sports accessory manufacturer! Loads of stuff relevant to both teams and an article about Kasabian who are fans. Anyway it also had pages of Press Association stats in it – check it out Robmoss. What caught my eye here was that we have the most shots on target in the division -295! You wouldn’t think so would you? Eagles has the most shots on and off target -132, and we also have the most fouls – 492 of which surprisingly only 70 were by SKD, one of which got him the fastest booking of the season on 34 seconds.

  • I would like to hear what others think about the fact neither Holden or Wheater have figured in the team since recovering from injury. Most of us regard Holden as our best midfield talent by far and Wheater a good quality defender with ability in the air able to score from set pieces. Equally, most new players had to wait ages before they got a chance to play, with fitness levels, etc, given as the reason by management, as such Medo has only entered the arena of late and his talent is obvious to everyone watching, while contrary to this policy Butterfield walks straight into the team with no questions asked about his fitness though he has hardly played a game all season and his performances for us have left a lot to be desired. My question is – do you think personal events behind the scenes, maybe how individuals relate with DF are influencing team selection ? moving Holden off to Sheffield was a shock that seemed to lack credibility. I am not being critical of anyone however I wonder if the team has suffered in the absence of these quality players at a time when their abilities could have made a big difference.

  • We do indeed have the most shots on target in the league, but we had an utterly staggering lead on that particular stat when Coyle was sacked, and since then it’s calmed down somewhat as DF has realised that you can’t win games simply by going all-out attack and you actually need to protect your own goal. I’m not defending misfiring strikers, I’m simply saying that in comparison with the rest of the league, they’re not misfiring at all – we’re one good result shy of outscoring the champions. Defence is the key! Remember Daniel Sturridge? 8 goals in 12 games, which included 5 wins, 1 draw and 6 defeats – just 16 points from a third of a season – and consigned us to 14th position. If he hadn’t been scoring we’d have been worse off, sure, but if we’d been defending properly we’d probably still be in the Premiership and he’d probably still be playing for us.

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