Neil Lennon has picked up more points from his three games in charge of Bolton than Dougie Freedman did in the ten games he was in charge of this season. However, Lennon's first three games in charge haven't been anywhere near as challenging as the one he faces in front of the tv cameras on Friday night, and for the first time in ages I can say that the manager hit the nail on the head in his press conference in the lead up to this game.
It's certainly no secret that Norwich have one of, if not the strongest side in the championship, when all is well and good. Although faltering form at home in recent times has lead to them not being top of the table at the time of this game, though no-one doubts their obvious quality , especially up front. Matt Mills and Dorian Dervite are sure to have their work cut out, facing the likes of Lewis Grabban and Cameron Jerome, but their recent form suggests that they are up to the task. Norwich have been leaking poor goals in recent weeks and it's this that we need to try and exploit, Beckford, Mason, or Craig Davies need to work hard and force some errors and take their chances.
Our tactics need to be spot on, to get a result here. This much more likely with Mr Lennon at the helm, his persistence needs to shine through to the players in order to make everyone happy at the final whistle. Personally, I would take a draw, but many people think a win is very much on the cards. All of this together with a bit of new manager syndrome, and the fact that Leeds took a draw from here about a fortnight ago makes my aspirations very realistic.
Norwich 1-1 Bolton