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Bolton : Where`s the Next Point Coming From?

Bolton : Where`s the Next Point Coming From?

There`s a mood amongst Bolton fans which has become all too prevalent over the past two seasons. It`s a mixture of anger, panic and despair. The club handed out free programmes at the start of the season. They`d be better off dishing out Prozac now. The cautious optimism that was present at the start of the season has evaporated, and witless performances against Northampton, West Brom and Fulham are the cause.

We`d like to offer some reassurance, really we would, but with the games coming up that`s no easy task.

Arsenal (H) - Buggering up the Londoners title challenge used to be a routine matter. It started in 2002-3 as the Whites came back from a two goal deficit, aided by an own goal from the spectacularly ugly Martin Keown. It continued in 2004-5 as Greek garden gnome Stelios outjumped the Arsenal defence to head the only goal of the game. The season after there was a 2-0 victory that flattered the visitors, followed by Nicolas Anelka`s memorable brace that secured a 3-1 win.

Then it went as pear shaped as the peariest pear in pearland. Last season, Bolton were seemingly crusing to a victory, 2-0 up against ten men, when Theo Walcott happened. As usual, the Whites couldn`t cope with an injection of pace and there was an air of inevitably about Arsenal`s comeback and subsequent victory. Walcott`s a better player this season and how the defence will cope without the aid of a gun doesn`t bear thinking about.

Manchester United (A) - Bolton recorded back to back victories at Old Trafford at the start of the century. It seems longer ago than that. They`ve lost on every visit since and conceded a shed load of goals in the process. Christiano Ronaldo is back for this and the odds of him getting on the scoresheet don`t make it an attractive bet.

West Ham United (A) - Kevin Nolan`s last gasp goal gave the Wanderers a point last season. Is there a chance of sharing the spoils this season? Maybe, but Gary Megson will have to abandon the 4-5-0-1 formation and teach his players to pass. Optimistic? No, we aren`t either.

Blackburn (H) - Another Nolan goal, and a spectacular one at that, gave Bolton the lead last time, but Blackburn recovered from their first half torpor and passed the home side off the park in the second half. Their victory was well deserved. Bolton haven`t recorded a win in this fixture since 2000. Never was there a better time to alter that statistic.

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Writer:Richard McCormick
Date:Tuesday September 16 2008
Time: 11:50AM

Comments

0
I dont think we will be doing a Derby this season but we have to do loads better than at least three clubs.
tomog
16/09/2008 12:15:00
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With a bit of luck, Ince will have alienated the entire Blackburn dressing room, by the time they come to the 'Bok.
Snout
16/09/2008 13:15:00
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As an outsider looking in (Baggies fan) I do worry that Bolton's time in the Prem is coming to an end. Megson knows how to set up a defence but the finer points of the game seem to have passed him by. I fear that Bolton will be cut adrift by Christmas. Its a shame for you guys as you are a passionate bunch and I always enjoy my visit to the Reebok whatever the outcome.
Lord Shepherd
16/09/2008 14:01:00
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Lord Shepherd not so fast dude... you are behind us with a worse goal difference, had you have managed to hold onto Kevin Phillips you may have been able to survive this season in the top flight. Do me a favour come back to Vital Bolton Christmas and I will gaurantee if Bolton are second from bottom Albion will be below them. Theres more than Wanderers going to struggle this season. We will be amongst a gang of 6 clubs fighting for their lives. Hull, WBA, Fulham, Bolton, Newcastle and Boro pick three from 6 to go down.
tomog
16/09/2008 23:23:00
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Looking at the TRotters fixtures I suspect a point at West Ham would be the peoples choice for the next point but its worth noting Blackburn Rovers looked rather disjointed against Chelsea so IF Bolton were ontop of their game points may not be that far away... Christmas is taking the pizz only 4 game in.
col8
17/09/2008 04:47:00
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sorry not much hope in the next two games is there!
merlin
17/09/2008 20:45:00
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We need a game to remind the players what Bolton Wanderers are about, the never say die in your face team that was once our trademark... Could Arsenal rekindle this spirit? I bloody hope so.
tomog
18/09/2008 02:00:00
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No chance, the lack lustre performance we watched against WBA has become the norm. How do you create anything with MCann and Nolan in mid field? I have seen milk turn quicker than Nolan. Megson just seems to be lacking in all areas and has had more money to spend than big Sam. I am fed up with the season already and probably will not bother wasting my time going to the match on Saturday afternoon.
durkinip
18/09/2008 16:28:00
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