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Team News v Derby

It's quickly back into championship action for Bolton having played, and won so well, at the weekend.

Bolton travel to Pride Park, or the iPro Stadium as it's now called, when they take on Derby County on Tuesday night.

Having beaten Blackburn Rovers 4-0 and Leeds United 5-1, on Saturday, why would Dougie Freedman want to make any changes to his starting XI? He could name the same side for a third game in a row.

Jermaine Beckford is back after a hamstring injury but wasn't on the bench for that game at the weekend so might miss out again as could Chris Eagles with an eye problem.

The latest knee setback for Stuart Holden keeps him out with Matt Mills (knee) also missing.

Bolton would probably be content with a repeat of the meeting earlier in the season, when that ended 2-2 at the Rebook Stadium but the Trotters are in great form and will be hoping to win again.

Mr Ecky sends his best to the Vital Bolton community, he's currently not well, he'll be back as soon as possible and in the meantime, he's got a staff writer to fill in for him.

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Date:Monday March 10 2014

Time: 11:45PM

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He has already hinted at changes. Modern game blah blah, squad rotation blah blah. If he dares to and it comes unstuck he will be falling, already, into his old ways. Burnley. Unchanged in 8. Fact. 2nd in table. Fact. Please don't do it Dougie. Ride the wave until you can't.You know it makes sense.
Nathans Phase
Eagles has an eye problem and probably won't make the trip. Phew.
robmoss2k
Team changed by the Tinkerbell. I hope it pays off Dougie because you are just about hell bent on giving ammunition to the doubters like me. Hutton and Moritz in. Switching about the back four Ream/Baptiste/Hutton all positional changes. Moritz okay ad deserves a start but broken the blossoming partnership up 6 goals in 3 games. Silly boy? or tactical genious? We will see later.
Nathans Phase
Well it worked in that we kept a clean sheet and got a point. Certainly we played higher up the pitch and showed a hell of a lot more determination to get the result than we gave often previously seen in this formation. Confidence I suppose. In the context of the game it was a point won, and a good point too at Derby. However I would have loved to have seen the shape of the previous three games retained and seen if that would have given Derby more problems. I suspect it would have done. It was a stalwart performance from everyone on the pitch but parking the bus in front of Derby's assaults just made it hard work for the players. I think it would have been easier and more fluid if we'd stuck with the same formation. We were sort of nearly 2 up front in the first half though Moritz was nowhere near as mobile as Mason and played much deeper. Then when the tireless and largely isolated lone threat Juke was withdrawn late on we replaced with a defender. It was a really solid performance and we essentially bored and frustrated Derby into half submission. If this good point had been gained in the context of taking something from a promotion rival after a strong season I would have been very pleased with the resilience I saw tonight, but somehow I just felt the approach to the game lacked a bit of ambition especially after the last three great performances. Derby played well but we sat tight and let them. Sums up the season really. A good hard fought point tonight but could we have had three with just a bit more attacking formation? Douglas will point to tiredness, fitness, bringing injured players back gently etc but I hope we see more of the shape from the last three games than from this, because despite the clean sheet, four at the back, four in a midfield diamond and two up works. Five in midfield and one up is laboured and holds us back. Too much tinkering could halt the upward trajectory.
Skopelos Chris
Ah Yes. Ambition. We are now told Mason was "ill" and Wheater needed a rest. Fair enough. However this all tends to ring familiar. If it ain't broke don't fix it Dougie. Unless of course you simply have to..............
Nathans Phase
What happens if it is broken? Like Mason was, should he be forced to play when ill? Wheater has been out a long time, we have other important games coming up, Dougie was right to do that, we kept a clean sheet and kept Wheater fresh for the next game.
moonpig1
Should've at least played a 442 though
Muur
We played our only other forward in Moritz - Mason wasnt fit! Unless you are suggesting Zat 'The Rhythm' should have played up front??
moonpig1
I actually saw the players boarding the team bus on Tuesday - I was at the Whites Hotel for a meeting - and Mason seemed to have some odd contraption on his head to cover up his ear, sort of like a cross between a hat and half a set of earphones. I was a fair distance away but I'm reasonably sure I'm correct in what I say. So there must have been some sort of problem there beyond just "it hurts a bit," unless he has seriously creepy fashion sense.
robmoss2k
 

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