Friday, 1 November 2013

Bolton the draw specialists (Men in White interview)

With seven draws so far this season, Bolton are a bit of a draw specialist with only the luckless Sheffield Wednesday having had one more draw. Some of those draws could surely have been turned into wins had their strikers had more fortune in front of goal, but Bolton Wanderers have been struggling in that area with just 11 goals in their 13 games.

Does that signify that Bournemouth should be relishing the visit of the whites to Dean Court? I think they are a very dangerous team that will play a tough and powerful game. The have pace up front with David Ngog and Jermain Beckford the main marksmen. I get the feeling that set pieces will also be a key area for AFCB to be careful on because Alex Baptise has three of Bolton Wanderer's goals this season.

It is the wing play of Chris Eagles that I will be most concerned with.I always thought he was good when he was at Burnley. He always looks comfortable with the ball and tends to get on the score sheet a good few times during a season although I thought he is yet to get off the mark this season, I have been informed he did score against Derby County.

There are some other talented players they have which may not immediately get your attention, but Mohamed Kamara is an international player from Sierra Leone and he scored last time out against Ipswich Town. South Korea's Chong-Yong Lee will also be one to watch who has Premiership experience as does Jay Spearing in midfield.

While Bournemouth have had some keeper worries the same can be said of Bolton with Adam Bogdan out injured with left-knee ligament damage and Arran Lee-Barret brought in to provide competition for Andy Lonergran. At the back though, Kevin McNaughton has been inspirational in helping Bolton turn around their form and his loan from Cardiff City has been extended until January.

Wanderer's only win this season came in a 1:2 win against Birmingham on the road, but they have only scored five away goals in total this season. While AFCB continue to score in every game the bookies are likely to make the Cherries favourites for this one. Still we know that beating teams like Bolton will not be easy and only Forest have beaten Bolton heavily by 3 goals to nil. 

AFCB Home form:

Bolton Wanderers away form:

Make sure that you also visit Cherry Chimes Rival Lines today where you can read an exclusive interview with Chris Parr one of the founders of Bolton Blog - The Men in White. Chris points to a defensive set up and experimentation as the main reasons for Bolton's slow start to the season, but they are up and running now and their strikers are starting to score. Perhaps that's a warning to AFCB!


  1. Minor correction - Eagles scored against Derby this season