Date: 13th December 2014 at 6:27pm
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Bolton Wanderers fans can be satisfied with a point against an in-form Ipswich Town team lead by whom Neil Lennon describes as the league`s ‘best manager`.

Connor Wilkinson started up front for the first time in the league, alongside fellow youngster Max Clayton- the combined age of our strike force was 39 years old. It was thought, prior to kick off, that Joe Mason would start for the first time since the Trotters` 3-1 thrashing of Brentford. However, the on-loan forward from Cardiff was seen hobbling around the press box, with an injury. In his post-match interview, manager Lennon described Mason`s injury as ‘a bad, bad tear`- he looks to be out for 6-8 weeks.

Wilkinson and Clayton started the game brightly as the nippy former Crewe Alexander man played off Wilkinson, who featured as more of a target man. However, after about half an hour Max Clayton went down clutching his knee after going down a few minutes earlier. He was stretchered off to fans chanting his name. It is not yet known how long he will be out for, but early signs don`t look good at all.

On top of this, Craig Davies is out- hence him not playing today, while former Leeds United striker Jermaine Beckford is out on loan to Preston North End and Tom Eaves is at Yeovil Town.

This leaves Bolton with just two senior strikers- Eidur Gudjohnsen and Connor Wilkinson. The former is a 36 year old, who enjoyed a glittering career at the highest level though is admittedly past his prime, while the latter made his senior league debut last weekend- so even he doesn`t really count as a senior striker.

Neil Lennon may have to look to someone else. Emile Heskey has been training with the club with a view to earning a contract, and this may have helped him in his bid, in the short term. Another option is bringing Beckford back, and then to send him back in January when people are back, fit. However, he`s been a massive flop at Bolton and has done nothing to prove that he`ll be any different at Preston. I doubt Eaves`ll be called back.

I think the case against Gudjohnsen- being his age can also be used against Heskey, but I reckon that between Heskey, Wilkinson, Gudjohnsen, (possibly Rob Hall) and Craig Davies (upon return) they could share the workload, though this really isn`t ideal.

This is a real inconvenience for Neil Lennon who`s also lost in form midfielder Mark Davies in recent weeks, coupled with the fact that November Player of the Month, Chung Yong Lee is set to miss a month of Wanderers football in January- playing for the South Korea National Team.

 

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