Looking at the talking points going into this afternoon’s match against Huddersfield Town.
We are into the New Year now – Happy New Year Bolton fans! – which means we`ve arrived at the part of the season when we start meeting teams who`ve already beaten us once this season.
Today, that team is Huddersfield Town. Earlier in the season, we were torn apart in 45 minutes at the John Smiths Stadium, eventually losing 4-1. This game was our first major disaster of the season. Having conceded a pivotal equaliser in first half injury time, we got slaughtered in the second half against what has looked like an average team since.
That day Emyr Huws was the main architect of Wanderers` downfall, scoring two and contributing an assist. Neil Lennon will need to have a plan for that man this time around.
Nowadays, Huddersfield find themselves looking nervously over their shoulders at the rest of us relegation candidates. After battering Bolton, they only won one of their next ten games. I know it that sounds decent to us Bolton fans but that is actually quite bad.
More recently the Terriers took three wins in the month of December, and will be confident about starting off 2016 with a win at The Macron. On 25 points they are only four points from the drop in 19th place making today`s encounter, a tasty one.
We aren’t doing so badly ourselves though, with just one loss in our last four picking up five points, we`re “enjoying” some average form. Everyone knows we ended the year on a high, by putting a stop to our 4067 game winless streak with a win against Blackburn. Another home game is just what we need, especially an important one against a team near our end of the table. With Clough and Wellington fit, I`m confident we can score the goals to win the game, so long as our defence can limit Huddersfield to no more than a goal.
A win will most definitely put Whites` back into the midst of this season`s relegation battle, rather than watching it happen above us. If Charlton lose against Nottingham Forest we would finally be off the bottom of the Championship!
You wouldn’t expect Neil Lennon to change the first team, we have no fresh injury worries so there`s no reason we can`t expect some points in our first outing of the year.
I`ve opted to not talk too much about off field matters, because the situation is terrible and doesn’t look to be getting better soon. Remember the blind optimism when we actually thought we were getting taken over? Now we are selling anything we can get away with it seems. I understand why it has to be done but I just pray the club hierarchy don’t sacrifice our best young players. Selling the likes of Clough and Vela is a surefire way to kick your fans in the balls and fire up a rebellion.
I hope you all have a great year!