Tomorrow is Keith Hill’s first league game at home since becoming Bolton manager, and the first home league game since coming out of administration, when Oxford United make the trip north.
Saturday went nowhere near to plan with what proved to be another thrashing at Rotherham. Hill will stick to whatever he has planned though, passionately insisting in his interviews in the last few days that we aren’t beaten, and we’ll stick to our guns, and all that.
Injuries could be another problem though. Daryl Murphy, Chris O’Grady, Harry Brockbank and Will Buckley all missed out at the weekend due to picking up injuries leading up to Rotherham, and it sounds unlikely any of them will be available tomorrow night.
Oxford have a couple of ex-Wanderers in midfield – Rob Hall is at the club, as is James Henry, a member of our promotion winning side a few years ago. They beat Tranmere 3-0 at the weekend, but have yet to win away in the league this season.
We did however lose to them the last time we hosted them back in 2016, getting our revenge later in the season with a 4-2 victory at the Kassam Stadium.
Hopefully, there’ll be a much better performance tomorrow and we can cut out some of the mistakes that were made at the weekend. I could still see a defeat though while the team is still gelling. It should hopefully be much closer though. I’ll go for a 2-1 defeat.