At stupid o’clock this morning, our beloved Bolton Wanderers were drawn away to Premier League chancers West Ham United in the Third Round of the Carabao Cup. If you want to read about the draw and don’t mind xenophobia then just have a look on Twitter to see people losing their minds about the location.
However, I prefer to seek out the positives, Sammy Lee style.
Wanderers have a great record against the Hammers going back to our own Premier League years. I remember having the curse on them both home and away, with the 4-0 home win in the rain which saw the end of Alan Pardew’s time in charge with great fondness.
These days, under Slaven Bilic, West Ham are much the same. A perennial mid to lower mid-table outfit, they have an expensively assembled squad which is both rich in terms of acquisition cost, but very low in terms of quality.
It’s a game that we can definitely win, and to boot it’s a new ground to visit - that doesn’t happen very often.
The game will be played in about 3-4 weeks time, and should be a cracker.