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So What Happens If Bolton Wanderers Lose Today?

Chris has woken up with a sore head and a glass half empty mentality

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Now I appreciate that a good number of you will be reading this having embarked on a decent session around my adopted home-town of Preston.

I don't blame you - it's a decent place for an all-dayer. I recommend Hogarth's on Church Street, and a bottle of Grimbergen Dunkel.

As they often do, Bolton Wanderers have come along threatening to spoil a nice day. Our away game against Preston North End sees ourselves rock bottom of the league table, with our hosts a million miles in front in 19th place on 12 points to our 9.

Basically put, it's a must-win game for Wanderers. Probably the most important of the entire season. But what happens if we lose? I'm trying really hard not to be negative, but we need to face the possibility.

Option 1

The first option is that we chalk it down as another away defeat, probably without troubling the scorekeepers - after all, it's a hard fact that we have failed to score in more matches this season than any other side. We are, along with Preston, the lowest scorers in the league with a pathetic 10 goals in 13 outings.

Option 2

The second option is that the pressure is cranked up on Neil Lennon. The former Celtic boss has been at the club for over a year now, and some believe that not only have we failed to progress under his leadership, but that we have actually regressed. All talk about FFP and wage bills aside, it'll all be for nothing if we're relegated at the end of the season.

Option 3

Option three is simple - that we look at our league position and our atrocious form and call it a day. Nobody doubts that Neil Lennon cares about the club and about his work, but when is enough enough? We have lost 6 out of the last 7 games, and have conceded at least twice in each of our last three away games. It's appalling and it has to stop. Is he the right man for the club? I want him to be.

Personally I don't want Option Three to come to pass, but at the same time we cannot carry on like this indefinitely. We can take some consolation in the fact that we have a really good record against PNE, who themselves have not won a single home game all season.

This is a vital game for Bolton Wanderers. We have to win.