Date: 8th February 2016 at 8:15pm
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Confidence is rising amongst Bolton fans ahead of Saturday’s crunch match at home to Rotherham United, with many Trotters believing they have what it takes to blow a golden opportunity to stake a claim for Championship survival.

A win at the Macron on Saturday against fellow relegation rivals, if coupled with favourable results elsewhere, could get Wanderers off the bottom of the table for the first time since Emile Heskey was a teenager, and the gap from safety could be reduced to as little as a single point.

But many are not letting that optimism getting in the way of what could end up as another frustrating afternoon,

‘Yeah, Saturday could be a brilliant opportunity to get right back into the mix,’ one fan told us outside Pound Chippy. ‘We’ve managed to string together two unbeaten games and came from 2-0 down to get a crucial point in midweek. But I’m sure the lads will go out there on Saturday and put in a grafting performance but ultimiately littered with defensive mistakes and missed sitters.’

Another fan, sipping some sort of can, said ‘It’s one of those. We’ve made a step forward arguably in the last fortnight, but going off when that has happened this season we can be relied on to take three steps back. Ypu’d think we should win this game but I fully expect Rotherham to go out there and beat us by two or three goals.’

Meanwhile, there have been more calls for someone to rearrange Jonny Evans’ face after Stuart Holden announced his retirement from professional football on Wednesday night.

Holden was the star performer for most of the 2010-11 season as Bolton made a run to the semi finals of the FA Cup and were challenging for Europe until Evans’ cowardly tackle at Old Trafford sent Holden’s career and Wanderers’ fortunes down the gutter. But of course it shouldn’t have been a red card, because ‘Sir Alex’ said so.

*And while these articles are an awful attempt at humour, I would genuinely like to wish Stuart all the best in his future endeavours (paricularly if one of those is to put a brick through Evans’ window). The winning goal against Blackburn is still an incredible moment to watch back. Thank you.

Quick one, here, from Nicky. I shall be leaving Vital Bolton towards the end of the month, and I’m very glad to announce that Anthony will be taking over as editor. He’s been a fantastic contributor since joining in the summer and the site will be in very good hands with him. More on that later, though!

 

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