Yet another Saturday, yet another game that Bolton Wanderers simply have to win if they are to stand any chance at all of competing in The Championship. I’ve moved on from being arsed about staying up, I just don’t want us to get too embarrassed.
Wednesday arrive as the only side we’ve beaten this season, a 3-2 home win in the Carbabaro Cup earlier in the campaign back when things didn’t look too bleak. Now, they descend upon Bolton in their hordes (4,200 or so) looking for a second consecutive win, having impressively defeated Leeds United 3-0 in their last league game.
Wanderers of course are within a win in about four hundred games, and are rock bottom of the division. Despite this, chairman and prolific blogger Ken Anderson has repeated his claim this week that manager Phil Parkinson is safe from the chop. This went down like a lead balloon.
Josh Vela could make his long-awaited return from injury tomorrow, though whether he will play a full part remains to be seen. Personally I expect Parky to throw him into the deep end and start, given how desperate we are. Darren Pratley should drop out.
Sammy Ameobi is also expected to play a part in the game and is another player who I suspect will line up in the starting XI for Wanderers. Mark Howard is also to take up his place between the sticks as the superior Ben Alnwick is unfortunately still injured.
It’s going to be a tense day, of that there is no doubt, but you have to hope because let’s face it, what else have we got to cling on to?