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Bolton Wanderers: New Year. New Start.

Leeds United
Bolton Wanderers

Elland Road

1 January 2013


It has been brought to my attention that when Al did the preview for the first game against Leeds this season, it was all doom and gloom and woe is me.

Well, doom and gloom no more my friend. Here we are. New Year. New Hope. New pair of slippers that granny bought you for Christmas. A clean slate, a new broom.

We've had false dawns before but, when even Darren Pratley not only has a good game but is man of the match, you get the inkling that it may have have just turned a corner and put a light at the end of the tunnel.

I believe my friends, I believe. Hallelujah brothers and sisters. Cast out the non believers and come join me in this warm glow.

Vital Quotes:

'I honestly believe we have the quality here but it is a very difficult time for the club, coming down from the Premiership with a lot of weight on their shoulders. It is going to take time, the right passing, the right movement, to get results.' St Dougie will lead his adopted people to the promised land, my children.

'For many years I`ve thought he is a gutter-type of boy and I was going to call him a sewer rat but that might be insulting the sewer rats. I think he`s the lowest of the low.' The Leeds manager talking about El Hadji Doiuf less than two years ago. Warnock. Madder than Holloway.

Leeds United Team News:

Warnock expects the sewer rat to be back in contention after missing the defeat at Hull at the weekend. He also expects to welcome back Luciano Becchio and Jerome Thomas who were also out of the starting line up, although Lee Peltier remains a doubt. Andy White is suspended whilst Leigh Bromby and Ramon Nunez are long term injury doubts.

Player to watch: El Hadji Diouf

Love him or hate him, and the majoroty of Bolton fans still love hi, Diouf was part of the team that took the Premier League and gave it a shake and for that, and for being pretty much unmissable, he won't be forgotten. He played more games for Bolton than he has for any other team and whilst he may no longer spit on you, there is no denying that he can still turn it on. And tomorrow, he will have the impetus to do just that.

Bolton Wanderers Team News:

Yeah. I was a bit quick off the mark on Saturday with the team news. However, for today I have it on good authority that N'Gog and Afobe are both struggling with injury. What this means for Sordell is unknown at this time.

Player to watch: Darren Pratley

Go on then. Show us you can do it two games in a row. I dare ya.

Match Facts & Stats

Bolton and Leeds have met each other fifty three times in the league, with Bolton holding a 23-19 lead. When travelling down the M62, or whatever passed for it before they built it around that farmhouse, we are losing 13-7.

Bolton's leading scorer in the fixture is Sir Nat with seven between 1956 and 1958. In the second tier it is tied between Billy Hughes, who scored twice in 1908, and SKD, who scored twice in October. Bolton and Leeds have only met each other seven times in the second tier.

The last time Bolton visited Elland Road was back in 2003, SKD and Stelios scoring in a 2-0 victory.

Match Prediction:

New Year, same defence. 2-1 to the away side.

Next Fixtures:

A break from the league as Sunderland come to T'Reebok on Saturday in the FA Cup before Millwall visit the weekend after.

Writer:Quentin X
Date:Monday December 31 2012
Time: 10:40PM


we don't do two on the trot do we, that would be too easy giving the impression we are getting better or having turned a corner along with the new year. I suggest a 2-0 defeat is more in keeping with our performances this season, albeit contrary to our expectations and needs.
aussie mike
01/01/2013 12:26:00
It would be nice to beat this seasons best winning streak of one-in-a-row. Not too optimistic though. A win along with a few favourable results could see us in the top ten.....
01/01/2013 13:01:00
A win would also mean Dougie having to fork out for some oxygen tanks, our players (with the exception of Zat) aren't used to being so high up..
01/01/2013 13:10:00
nice to see the consistency in the team remains with this defeat, not sure if SKD had a blinder, but I do know our strikers failed to hit the net yet again. Well, who needs goals or points when we have great players leading the line. I note Blackburn have won two games on the bounce after sacking their manager - Freedmans record now looks worse than Coyle's which is very worrying, I wonder if Gartside remembered the objective for this season when he appointed him ?
aussie mike
01/01/2013 20:31:00
Whats worrying is that although there weren't many voters, half of you went for a Leeds win..........where is THAT "nobody" button on MOTM poll...?
01/01/2013 20:56:00
I didn't go today but I watched the stream on t'nternet. It was a terrible game! They were dire, we were dire and I think Mears conceded the penalty to wake everyone up! The worst game of football I have ever seen... Ever.
02/01/2013 00:14:00
Please buy some defenders Dougie.
02/01/2013 09:02:00
I went to the game and came away very frustrated. Shooting stats which had been improving now deteriorating. Our defence has improved but we need players to shoot harder and more accurately. Surely not impossible when all they do is kick a fecking ball all day?! bwfc75 what stream do you use and is it any good? I will need a good one for the southern games
02/01/2013 14:34:00
Diouf, Diouf, anybody, we need some class. There isn't one player you can look at and say they will lift us. Players prosper when they leave Bolton. What a terrible thing to say. Did you see O'Brien scored for West Ham? There has not been one sensible, shrewd, progressive move since Allardyce left. And Gartside is still here
02/01/2013 19:20:00
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