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Match Preview: Birmingham City v Neil Lennon

It's all about one man

Mark Runnacles

Normally I'd write these previews with one eye on the opposition.

Not today.

This game has become huge. Not because it's a bottom of the table clash between Bolton Wanderers and struggling Birmingham City. I know they're managed by that joker Lee Clark, but the rest is largely irrelevant and was made so as a result of Wanderers sacking off the hapless Dougie Freedman and appointing dynamic winner Neil Lennon in his place.

Lennon, officially in charge since Monday, has been pressing the flesh with reckless abandon since then, and has made a fantastic first impression on Wanderers supporters.

His first Bolton side is going to be an interesting choice. Obviously there has been no chance or talk of incomings to bolster the squad and so it will be a fine indicator of Lennon's immediate impact should he be able to get a tune from the Wanderers orchestra.

The team picks itself, and so we shouldn't expect any surprises. I haven't got enough knowledge of Lennon and his practices to expect whether he will start with one or two up top, but I do know that his fondness for a midfield diamond formation will likely mean that Wanderers will feel the absence of Mark Davies keenly.

He will be ideal for that role when he returns to fitness.

Unfortunately we will still be without the injured Adam Bogdan - but hopefully Andy Lonergan will find some confidence from somewhere and try not to cost us a few goals.

I am working this weekend but I understand there will be over 1,200 travelling supporters which is an increase of over 65% since Lennon was appointed. Hopefully this improvement will be mirrored for the Brentford home game on the 25th October.

It's an exciting time to be a Wanderer - and it's been a long time since we had something to shout about.

Birmingham City....we're coming for you.

Wanderers 3-0. Easy