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Bolton Wanderers: (Unwanted) Record Breakers

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West Ham United v Bolton Wanderers - Carabao Cup Third Round
“What's that thing he just did lads? Ahh, putting it in the onion bag? Nah, not interested.”
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By failing to score at West Ham United on Tuesday evening, Bolton Wanderers set not one but two very much undesired club records.

The Whites have now failed to find the net in 476 minutes of football - stretching all the way back to 22 August and the 64th minute of the previous round of the Carabao Cup, when Jem Karacan netted the decisive third goal against Sheffield Wednesday.

Since then, we’ve drawn blanks against Hull City, Middlesbrough, Sheffield United, Ipswich Town and, of course, West Ham. This shoddy run of goal-shyness equals a club record of five consecutive matches without scoring a goal.

That particular feat has only previously been achieved twice in our 143-year history. The first was back in 1898, when we failed to score in the five games between Bury on 3 January and Sunderland on 22 February, followed by a repeat of the same profligacy 82 years later as we failed to find the net in a quintet of games from Wigan Athletic on 16 March 1990 to Chester City 15 days later.

By also tasting defeat in all five of these games, Bolton have also lost five consecutive games without scoring for the first time in their history.

So, with Brentford at home next, can we break the goalscoring hoodoo and avoid setting an all-time club record? It’s not looking promising based on what I saw at West Ham the other evening.