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Leicester v Bolton

It's from one extreme to the other for Bolton on Sunday, Boxing Day saw Bolton play (and beat) bottom of the table Barnsley. This time it's off to top of the table Leicester.

Injuries to Chris Wood (hamstring), Tom Hopper (shin) and Sean St. Ledger (groin) are ongoing and they'll be likely to miss out again but positively for them, maybe not Bolton; is that Leicester don't have any new injuries to deal with.

Neil Danns ended his loan spell with Bolton by scoring the winning goal against Barnsley, he's returned to Leicester and he could turn this time against Bolton!

Bolton are without Danns, of course, as well as Kevin McNaughton with them both ending their loan spells after the Barnsley win so Dougie Freedman will have to make at least a couple of changes.

Matt Mills, Chu-Young Lee, Medo and Andre Moritz are among those looking for a recall and Mark Davies continues to work back to full fitness after his long-term knee problem.

Stuart Holden, Joe Riley, Adam Bogdan and Marc Tierney remain sidelined.

Barnsley is a much different proposition to Leicester but if there isn't much believe that a result can be gained at the King Power Stadium why bother taking part in the game, but realism is something that needs to be show ahead of this game....

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Date:Saturday December 28 2013

Time: 9:37PM

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No Pratley again, if we don't lose I will show my backside in woolies window. ( that's for all those over 35!!)
Bloody hell! Not sure what to make of that one. Sounds like shades of Wigan with a good performance in parts but lacking the discipline to ensure we took something from the game. Three goals away at Leicester is great going but it should be enough for at least a point. We are so fragile. Most of the time when we play our patient attritional style we look as if we think too much and end up making the wrong decisions. Then on days like today when we go for it we lose concentration and make mistakes that cost goals. Is it confidence or coaching or just the wrong mix of players? Whatever it is it's a sickness that doesn't look like being cured very soon and adds up to a hugely disappointing season.
Skopelos Chris
But at least we are spared Gav's arse...
Skopelos Chris
while the score line flattered to deceive and surprised everyone, the result was almost inevitable and predictable. With Middlesbrough next up followed by Reading I await to see if we can improve on what I expect to be a draw and defeat in that order. While one point from the 3 games would be dreadful I would hope it signals the end of DF but that seems unlikely regardless of how bad the results are. It is a sad day when the traditional practise of judging your managers tenure by his results no longer applies to your club. DF has demonstrated his ineptitude over many months so I don't expect anything different from him, but I do expect our chairman who carries the authority and responsibility, with the buck stopping at his door, to make a statement to the supporters confirming his opinion and the clubs intentions, even if only to endorse his unwavering support towards the manager, his perpetual silence is becoming deafening. How can it be in any way acceptable that our chairman, who laid bare the expectations and objectives for the club when he appointed DF, goes to ground and choses to do a Nero while everything burns around him - utterly useless and clueless, embarrassing in the extreme, with 4 failed manager appointments to his name PG seems to be digging an ever deeper hole as things move from bad to worse, confirming that he is the last person on the planet I would wish to see in charge of the decision process, he epitomises the commanders who sent the Light Brigade into the valley of death.
aussie mike
The debacle against Peterborough when we also shipped 5, and it could have been many more, was just over a year ago. The back four was Warnock, Ricketts, Knight and Mears. Now, we are all aware of how bad Knight is, (in my opinion the worst Bolton defender i have ever seen in the 44 years i have been following the Wanderers through all the divisions) but the rest are different. We have to ask is Dougie improving things, and the answer is definitely no. Either Dougie has to go, or he has to have a major clear-out of a lot of dead-wood.
Indeed. There has been no improvement whatsoever in his tenure. As I said in a previous post it is rather like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic at present. Now I accept that Leicester are a good team but have lost 5 games already this season and the inevitability of the eventual capitulation is disappointing in the extreme. PG now either backs DF heavily in the market or comes to his senses and realises he is OC MK2 and talks the talk without his charges being prepared and coached well enough to walk the walk.
Nathans Phase
Never have I had such mixed feelings about a Bolton defeat!!! Seriously though to score three at top of the table Leicester and still lose is awful. I was delighted with the attacking intent after their first goal. However we always knew what was coming and that is really what is most disappointing as Nathan says. I fear for the future but I don't see how it can possibly include DF for much longer. There are other options out there and see need one now.
There's a depressing familiarity about all this. Most of us have tried to get behind DF since he arrived, but despite many utterances from him about team improvement being around the corner, it's not materialised. It appears almost certaIn now, that Dawson's signing was the real catalyst for the great run we had last season and not any new thinking from Dougie. The team's downward spiral from the minute he left, is too significant to ignore.
Barney Grumble
Agreed. I for one was convinced last season that DF had turned us round but the regression this season has been alarming and the run up to the play off near miss does now look more like good luck than good judgement. I think he has had bad luck with injuries, particularly the loss of Holden right at the start but the fact that the squad he assembled for this season failed to deliver so badly and has required the remedial addition of so many loanees speaks of
Skopelos Chris
Continued...... Speaks of someone reaching out in the dark for a solution.
Skopelos Chris
Agreed. Also building up Leic C are good but are they "1 million miles" better than anyone else. I think not. Defeat there is nothing to be ashamed of but the manner again leaves a lot to be desired. It amazes me that Mr McCarthy has Ipswich in 6th with only a little tinkering. McClaren has Derby 2nd with no changes!! That suggests they are good managers and Dougie is sadly not. What exactly has he done in the game as a manager?? Was our squad really that bad when he took over?? Still his players were on show yesterday.Lonergan/Baptiste/Medo/Spearing/Hall/Moritz/Beckford is 7 from 11. His team? You bet it is.
Nathans Phase

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