Do we have to? Yep, Bolton try to play football once again on Tuesday as they make a trip down to Bristol City. We travel down there with a loss as to what to do, absolutely incapable of scoring a goal at the moment, never mind winning a game. Our opponents meanwhile, have been finding the net regularly, including knocking Stoke out of the Carabao Cup last week.
“Our supporters have been great and I can`t complain at what they have been saying. They have just seen their team get beaten and lose any kind of structure and cohesion in their play. It made us look bad as a staff and as a coaching team and we are a lot better than that.”
Phil Parkinson, looking back on Saturday with the Bolton News, saying nothing I can disagree with there.
Bristol City Team News:
Gary O`Neil, Milan Djuric and Eros Pisano are all missing, but striker Cauley Woodrow could come back into the reckoning for the Robins.
Player to watch: Joe Bryan
The left back is only 24 but has made well over 150 appearances the club he has spent all his professional career at (bar loan spells at Bath City and Plymouth Argyle). He can tackle, get forward and create chances. A very good all-round player, and will almost be taking on former team mate Mark Little on that flank.
Bolton Wanderers Team News:
Jem Karacan will be suspended after picking up his yellow card. Sammy Ameobi failed a fitness test at the weekend, but a return tomorrow hasn`t been ruled out. It isn`t known yet whether new signing Karl Henry will be included in the squad, but administratively there should be nothing stopping him.
Player to watch: Mark Little
Little will return to Ashton Gate tomorrow night, and having played regularly for Bristol City, has now seemingly established himself as Bolton`s main right-back. He has probably played a fair bit better than most players too. Aaron Wilbraham also makes a return to the West of England tomorrow, but any action for him will be off the bench.
Match Facts & Stats
Bolton have drawn two of their four away league games, picking up points in the first two before losing their last two. Bristol City are unbeaten at home, having won two and drawn two of their games at Ashton Gate.
The last meeting between these two ended 6-0 to Bristol City, in March 2016. Aaron Wilbraham scored the opener that day.
Bristol City scored the same number of goals in their last league home game as Bolton have done in the Championship all season. (4)
Failure to win tomorrow would mean the second-tier winless streak would reach 30 games.
I`m going to be really optimistic we can pull out a huge shock. 0-0.
An away trip to Aston Villa on Saturday, then on the other side of the international break we replay a fixture we have actually won this season, as we host Sheffield Wednesday on 14th October.