Adam Bogdan's Return: The Case For Andy Lonergan

Matthew Lewis

Chris talks up the case for maintaining the status quo

In light of today's news that Adam Bogdan is today making his return from knee trouble away to Leicester, we decided to look at what this could mean for Bolton's former no.1, Bogdan, and the current man between the sticks, Andy Lonergan.

Preston-born goalkeeper Andy Lonergan joined Bolton Wanderers on a three year deal for an undisclosed fee back in July 2012 under the command of Owen Coyle.

He spent the majority of his first season on the bench, reduced to cup appearances only.

However, since Bogdan suffered a knee injury in October, Lonergan has come in and made his mark.

In Lonergan's two appearances in October, he conceded two goals.

November again saw Lonergan concede just twice, with clean sheets against Bournemouth and Watford.

December brought six games for Bolton Wanderers, and ten goals conceded - though five of these came in a single game, away to Leicester.

January has to date seen the keeper play three games, conceding four goals.

In total he has made 14 appearances, conceding 18 goals.

Stats aside, I believe that Lonergan has brought a calmness to the defence, and we all know how vital that can be.

He's not perfect, but then again when has a Bolton goalkeeper ever been? He could perhaps be quicker distributing the ball, and sometimes his handling can be a little suspect - but what is not up for debate is the qualiy of his shot-stopping.

This weekend's game against Forest alone saw two saves which I would not hesitate to describe as 'world class', one from Halford and one from Reid. Those saves alone earned us a point.

I have nothing against Adam Bogdan, but should his return from injury mean that Lonergan is left out then I would be one unhappy camper.

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