After last weekend’s great Cup result, it perhaps back to more important matters. Because as nice as a Cup run is, Wanderers need to ensure this doesn’t impact on getting out of this godforsaken division.
And with Scunthorpe and Sheffield United picking up points while we played last weekend, it means we’re playing catchup as we welcome Swindon tomorrow.
“We have got a few players who have not had a lot of football recently but I have said all along they will get their chance in the second half of the season.”
Parkinson in the Bolton News
Bolton Wanderers Team News:
Both Josh Vela and James Henry could be missing for this, Vela has a virus, while Henry has a thigh problem. It could mean a start for Chris Taylor and even the return of Darren Pratley after that long injury layoff
Player to watch: Darren Pratley
He might be back sooner than we had imagined. Long term, does Pratley get back in the side? With it being settled as it is, probably more suited to advance position in our system, and with Josh Vela playing as well as he has, he will largely, you would assume, have to bide his time. But tomorrow may be one of those times he is needed to stand up.
Swindon Town Team News:
Swindon signed some of Chelsea’s army of players available for loan during the week.
Fankaty Dabo and Charlie Colkett are likely to start, as well as Ben Gladwin, on loan from QPR.
The only out and out left back, James Brophy, is suspended. Captain Nathan Thompson could play, but Eliis Iandolo is missing as is Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill, who scored the decisive own goal when we won 1-0 at the County Ground in October.
Player to watch: Fankaty Dabo
With no recognised left back, it could be Dabo slipping into an unfamiliar position. In any case, whoever is on the right of midfield for us tomorrow could have a fruitful day. Although if I said that could be Chris Taylor…
Match Facts & Stats
This is Swindon’s first visit to the Reebok since 1999, when we won 2-0.
Bolton have won five of their nine home games against Swindon in league play.
Bolton have won their last seven home league games, and are unbeaten at the Macron in 11 games.
Swindon have won one away game in the league this season, beating Oldham in September
Bolton have ten points from their last six league games, Swindon have three and failed to win.
A 2-0 Bolton win
Away days in the south east, firstly, Tuesday’s date at the Palace, followed by a trip to Southend next Saturday