Bolton Match Zone

‘We Should Still Be Beating These’ – Preview Of Bolton’s Home Game With Doncaster

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Bolton take on Doncaster tomorrow, and it looks like the side is close to picking itself, given the amount of injuries we now have.

Still, it’s nowhere near as bad as a couple of years back, when we unanimously postponed the fixture over concerns for the safety of the youngsters. There will be a few in the bench tomorrow, but it’s nowhere near as bad, so maybe a bit of perspective is due. If we do beat what is a struggling Doncaster side, we can even climb back into the top half.

Team news

Eveybody’s out. Alex Baptiste has a medial ligament injury, MJ Williams’ shoulder will keep him out for the forseeable future, then there were already known injuries to Josh Sheehan, Amadou Bakayoko, Gethin Jones and others I’ve probably forgotten already. Eoin Doyle however, could be back in some capacity after his recent absence.

Possible XI: Dixon; Isgrove, Almeida Santos, Johnston, John; Lee, Thomason; Amaechi, Delfouneso, Afolayan; Kachunga – that would then assume Gilks, Aimson, Gordon and Doyle, and three youngsters as the bench.

Last time out

We never faced Donny at home in the 2019/20 season due welfare concerns about our youngsters at the start of the season then the entire world having welfare concerns once the rearranged date came along in March. December 2013 was the last time we hosted them, and we won 3-0. Joe Mason and Andre Moritz scored in the first half, then the recently-hacked-on-Twitter Neil Danns added the third in second half stoppage time. It was just a second home win all season, that took us six points clear of the Championship relegation zone, we would finish the season 14th.

The opposition

Doncaster are second bottom, four points from safety, and without a win in four games. It hasn’t been a good start to life in South Yorkshire for Richie Wellens, the man who briefly managed Salford last season took over at the Keepmoat in the summer. Central midfielder John Bostock has had a varied career, going from Palace to Spurs (and allegedly getting his family’s season tickets at Selhurst rescinded by Simon Jordan in the process), having spells in MLS, Turkey, Belgium and France, but is now back in England after a season on loan at Forest and then joining Doncaster in January. Young goalkeeper Pontus Dahlberg is on loan from Watford, and despite playing quite a few games in his native Sweden this is his first season playing regularly in England, and he scored a howler of an own goal at Accrington after spilling a long range shot onto the woodwork and then off himself. Joe Dodoo, who scored four goals for us two seasons ago under Keith Hill, joined Rovers in the summer but only has one goal so far. Only Tommy Rowe has scored more though, he has four.

Prediction

It’s tricky given our injuries and all that, and it’s time for some of our players to dig in while we’re going through a bit of a tough patch. We should still be beating these though. 2-0 to Bolton.

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