Match Preview: Millwall v Bolton

Richard Heathcote

Another tough must-win game for Bolton Wanderers.

Bolton Wanderers make the trip darn sarf this weekend to face Millwall in an absolute relegation six-pointer.

They face a Millwall side still getting to grips with new manager Ian Holloway's style. They are amidst their fourth continuous season in the Championship, after promotion from League One in 2010.

The season started poorly, with former West Ham midfielder Steve Lomas taking over from fan favourite Kenny Jackett. However, things did not go to plan and after he won only five of his 22 games in charge, Lomas was fired, with Ian Holloway appointed as Lomas's replacement in January 2014.

Holloway finds his new charges in 21st place in the league, just two points behind Bolton Wanderers.

The fixture dates back to January 1915, and this weekend sees the 39th meeting of the two sides, with Millwall just edging things with 16 wins to our 15. Top scorer for Bolton against Millwall is John Byrom with five goals.

Millwall are without a win in a month - with their last coming in a 1-0 home win over Ipswich Town in January to give Holloway his first victory as manager since leaving Crystal Palace earlier in the season.

Top scorer for Millwall this season is Martyn Woolford with six goals in all competition, tied with Leeds loanee Steve Morison with four in the league.

Bolton new boy Liam Trotter left the club in February having scored three times.

Millwall are focusing all their attentions on survival, having been dumped out of the FA Cup by Southend United following a 1-4 away defeat to the side managed by former Bolton Wanderers assistant boss Phil Brown.

Last Five Meetings

19.03.1995 - Millwall 0 v 1 Bolton Wanderers (John McGinlay)

18.02.2012 - Millwall 0 v 2 Bolton Wanderers (David Ngog, Ryo Miyaichi)

06.10.2012 - Millwall 2 v 1 Bolton Wanderers (Chris Eagles)

12.01.2013 - Bolton Wanderers 1 v 1 Millwall (Keith Andrews)

09.11.2013 - Bolton Wanderers 3 v 1 Millwall (Rob Hall, Jermaine Beckford, Andre Moritz)

Prediction

The most important game in a long, long while.

Bolton have to win. No mistake about it.

Win or bust.

Win or go down.

Fingers crossed.

Millwall 1 v 2 Bolton Wanderers

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