Saturday, 2 November 2013

Bolton will be scrapping for everything

When Bolton Wanderers come to Dean Court they will be desperate to get something from the game being only one place above the relegation zone. A defeat could potentially see them back in the relegation zone if Sheffield Wednesday and Yeovil get positive results this weekend, while Barnsley are now only below Bolton on goal difference after their draw with Ipswich last night. I believe AFCB have to be patient on Saturday and let that anxiety be felt by the Bolton players. They will come for a battle and the Cherries have to get their neat football going early and deprive them of any encouragement.

In our last three games Bournemouth have not managed to score first and this will be something that Eddie Howe is bound to remind our players of. They need to start well and get that lead. It was such a head start that laid the foundations for the Charlton win early in the seasson and while we got the wins at home against Wigan and Barnsley by a single goal, coming back from 0:2 down against Millwall is not a task that our players want to have to do every home game.

Bolton have had a run of games when they have scored first including their last match at Ipswich, at home against Sheffield Wednesday and away against Birmingham. They only held onto a victory in the Birmingham game, so they are perhaps not the most confident of teams even if they do score first. Meanwhile, AFCB have not scored first in a match since the 3:3 draw with Middlesbrough away on the 21st September.  I am not sure why that is because the team has started brightly in the last few games, but at home AFCB have only scored the first goal in the Barnsley and Charlton matches. There is some room for improvement there I would think.

Get behind the lads today and let's see if we can cheer them on to 3 more precious points.

You can 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.

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