Finally a much needed win and the gloom has lifted a little on Bolton Wanderers season. Saturday see's the chance to build on Tuesday's thrilling win over Rotherham United when we renew old rivalries with Wolverhampton Wanderers. One of my earliest memories as a Bolton fan is turning over Wolves in the play-offs at Burnden Park and these games always have a special feel about them.
Our head to head with Wolves in recent times is good, unbeaten in seven since Megson's squad were beaten 2-1 at Molineux. Another highlight of previous games include the 3-2 win there when Elmander scored THAT goal.
Wolves have made a very solid start on their return to the Championship, winning four of seven games and drawing their last two. So far they have only conceded three goals so Craig Davies and Joe Mason will need to repeat the form they showed in midweek if Bolton are to trouble the Wolves defence. Up front Bakary Sako is the top scorer with three goals, followed by Nouha Dicko with two. However, Leon Clarke started as the lone striker in the midweek draw at Charlton. Former Wanderer Sam Ricketts has yet to start a league game this season.
Team news from Bolton strongly suggests Kevin McNaughton will make a welcome return at right back which will hopefully see Tim Ream slide over to left back and Dean Moxey to the bench. Following Tuesday's win changes are likely to be kept to a minimum but I'd like to see Chungy or Liam Feeney start in place of Darren Pratley. New signing Max Clayton is available but unlikely to feature. Paddy Kenny should be on the bench.
Dougie Freedman has praised the job Kenny Jackett has done at Wolves since he took over and believes they are a "crossing team" which will need to be stopped at the source. This would likely mean that the midfield diamond he has favoured a number of times this season will be abandoned to allow for more width in the Bolton midfield. Freedman also said the team are not getting carried away after their first win of the season. This is probably a good thing as let's be honest it was a poor Rotherham team that we beat on Tuesday, but a win's a win!