The situation is clear for Bolton Wanderers today: win or bust. They simply must secure a well overdue victory on the final day of the season, otherwise it’s curtains to their Championship status.
The implications of the final day are fairly clear:
- Bolton win and Barnsley and Burton fail to win
- Bolton win and one of Barnsley and Burton fail to win, and Birmingham lose and have a goal difference swing of 4 goals in Bolton’s favour
It’s now over to the Bolton boys to make it happen. One final rallying call from Phil Parkinson and one final time for the team to stand up and deliver.
Admittedly, Nottingham Forest are not ideal opponents, given we haven’t beaten them in our last 9 attempts. But all that is irrelevant, it’s purely down to 90 minutes for the lads to just go out there and win.
Phil Parkinson has made his intentions clear today, as Aaron Wilbraham makes a surprise start in place of Adam Le Fondre. You know what I mean - Hoofball. Josh Vela also comes back in, with Filipe Morais and Sammy Ameobi providing the wide attacking ‘threat.’ While Mark Little and Antonee Robinson return at full-back and David Wheater comes back in for Dorian Dervite.
Forest have a strange looking starting line-up, with about eight midfielders. I suspect it’s a 4-4-2 with Liam Bridcutt filling in at centre-back. Joe Lolley, who scored against us for Huddersfield in the FA Cup, starts in midfield, and there’s plenty of threat up top from Lee Tomlin and Ben Brereton.
Here are today’s starting lineups. We’ll bring you all the action from the Macron in the Comments section below, feel free to keep me company in this likely nailbiting adventure and let us know your thoughts in the same place...
Bolton Wanderers (4-2-3-1): Ben Alnwick; Mark Little, David Wheater, Mark Beevers, Antonee Robinson; Karl Henry, Darren Pratley; Sammy Ameobi, Josh Vela, Filipe Morais; Aaron Wilbraham
Substitutes: Adam Le Fondre, Will Buckley, Craig Noone, Jem Karacan, Reece Burke, Andrew Taylor, Mark Howard
Nottingham Forest (4-4-2): Stefanos Kapino; Tendayi Darikwa, Jack Hobbs, Liam Bridcutt, Danny Fox; Joe Lolley, Ben Watson, Jack Colback, Ben Osborn; Lee Tomlin, Ben Brereton
Substitutes: Jordan Smith, Eric Lichaj, Michael Mancienne, Adlene Guedioura, Matty Cash, Andreas Bouchalakis, Apostolos Vellios