I’ve got a fever; cup fever. And it seems Keith Hill does too.
Our beloved Bolton Wanderers haven’t progressed past the fourth round of the FA Cup since 2012. Though I don’t expect to go on & win the competition, a bit of a run in the cup could be just what the club needs.
The financial benefits are obvious, especially if we can progress & be drawn against a Premier League side.
Whilst we’re on a winning run, continuing that in any competition would be great. We’ve not seen a winning run like this since our last stint in League One, so we may as well go all out in every game.
Going off the comments of our manager prior to this weekends fixture against Plymouth Argyle, it would seem that we’re set to see quite a strong team take on the Green Army.
Like Chris mentioned in his article yesterday, I believe there should be some rotation, though the starting XI should be stronger than he suggests.
The major worry is the risk of losing further key players to long term injury, though it's a worry in any fixture.
It’s a great opportunity to rest the players who have either just come back from injury or have played every game of the Hill era. To hand starts to fringe players like Connor Hall & Sonny Graham would be the perfect chance for them to showcase their worth.
With the impending points deduction looming constantly over the club, a cup run could be a welcome distraction if the punishment reduces our chances of remaining in this division.
By trade, Bolton Wanderers are a cup team. The roaring twenties, Lofty defeating Busby’s Babes & The White Hot era.
With this run of form the club are having, we have a great chance to go into the next round with the chance of creating another timeless cup moment.
Going all out in the cup could be potentially damaging, but wouldn’t it be great if we could progress to the third round & potentially see a brilliant giant killing akin to the nights at Anfield, Highbury & Goodison Park?