Wanderers face Doncaster Rovers at the Reebok this Saturday - we spoke to Donny fan Chris Donald about the upcoming fixture.
Chris is a 21 year old journalism student exiled in Middlesbrough at Teesside University. He has supported Rovers all my life - going to games since around 1997ish and currently does the live match commentary for the ‘Player' service on the club's website.
1) Describe your season so far
Our season so far has been a mixed one. We started so well and full of promise with great performances but since our defeat at Reading our season has hit a few snags. An injury crisis means we don't know who's going to be fit each week and we are without a few influential players at the minute. Overall the season has gone well as we're not bottom of the league but that it could change either way at any moment.
2) How have you taken to your return to the Championship?
The Championship is a tough league, I think both Rovers and Bolton realise that. After being brought back down to earth on the opening day against Blackpool I think we've handled ourselves well. Great performances at Wigan and Charlton (until the rain came) have proven with a fully fit squad we can easily compete at this level. However, the Championship is never that simple and our weaknesses have been outlined by hammerings at Reading and Middlesbrough.
3) How much of a blow is the departure of your chairman?
John Ryan is Doncaster Rovers so obviously it was a major blow for the fans to see the man who has been at the forefront of our recent successes leave. I think his departure is more upsetting for the fans than it is detrimental to the club though. The politics at the club at the minute are probably more detrimental to how the club performs so I'm hoping it all gets sorted out one way or another.
4) How do you see the rest of the season panning out?
It's going to be a struggle as a club of our size will always struggle in this division with the limited budget but Paul Dickov has us playing some good football when the squad is fit. We've gained important wins over Yeovil and Sheffield Wednesday recently, which has seen us pull away from them at the bottom. If we continue to beat the teams around us we'll be fine. I've said all along that we will stay up this season and I haven't seen anything to change my mind yet, despite the poor performances and injuries.
5) Which Bolton player do you fear most ahead of Saturday?
If I'm honest, I've not taken much notice of Bolton of late but from what I do know, you can't look any further than Jermaine Beckford. When he's on form he'll score goals and our recent defensive record is pretty poor. His pace could destroy us.
6) Do you have a score prediction?
If we turn up and Mark Duffy is on form then we could potentially grab a result as I know Bolton's home form isn't great. With Marc De Val coming back to fitness he will offer some needed class in midfield. I'm going for an optimistic Bolton 1 - 2 Rovers.
We'd like to thank Chris for his time though obviously we wish his side absolutely no luck this weekend. COYWM!