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GAMEDAY – Away to Bolton Wanderers

Blues travel to rock-bottom Bolton Wanderers hoping to extend their run of winning games to four.

Bolton Wanderers

Bolton lie rock bottom of the Championship after the weekend’s 2-0 defeat to Burnley, with just eight points from their first eleven games. They have won just one game all season – at home to Wolves in September.

Bolton are waiting to see if Jay Spearing has sustained nerve damage to his leg rather than a break; Dean Moxey will take a late fitness test on his toe injury but Zach Clough will continue to miss out with his shoulder injury.

Blues

Blues should be unchanged for this fixture; Neal Eardley is training with the u21s but isn’t quite ready while David Cotterill is only just back out on the grass with the physios with the aim for being ready for the weekend game against Hull City.

It makes a change not to be playing at the Macron last game of the season; this game really does have banana skin written all over it. Bolton are awful; they can’t buy a win and have conceded 12 in their last four games; however they are unbeaten at home in the league (one win four draws) and I wouldn’t be too cocky about expecting a win.

Ref

Geoff Eltringham will be in the middle for this game. He’s shown 21 yellow cards and two reds in his ten games so far this season. His last game involving Blues was the 2-1 home win over Nottingham Forest last November in which he booked five players including Demarai Gray and sent off Britt Assombalonga for the visitors.

Suspension Watch

3 Yellow Cards: Maikel Kieftenbeld, David Davis and David Cotterill
2 Yellow Cards: Jon Toral and Paul Caddis.
1 Yellow Card: Tomasz Kuszczak, Michael Morrison, Jonathan Grounds, Stephen Gleeson, Clayton Donaldson, Jonathan Spector and Demarai Gray.

The cutoff date for 5 yellow cards to attract a suspension is November 30, 2015
The cutoff date for 10 yellow cards to attract a suspension is April 9, 2016

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42 Responses to “GAMEDAY – Away to Bolton Wanderers”

  • Dave Mann says:

    I would take a dodgy 1-0 win now no danger but a draw looks likely to me and that wouldn’t be a disaster by any stretch of the imagination .. A loss against the bottom team is a possibility because it’s Blues but our manager as the X factor and I think we’re get at least a point but three points would be a massive lift and a possible top two place .. Come on you Blue boys . Kro

    • Bluey says:

      If anyone else had posted that you`d have hammered them for being negative.

      • Dave Mann says:

        No realistic Bluey .. Just like me mate. Kro

      • Mitchell says:

        This is really annoying Bluey. Are we getting to the stage when any realistic fear of losing is taken of being negative. Ask yourself truthfully- are not you a little apprehensive of a possible defeat tonight? I know I am and it is all because we all know our Club is about this kind of possible result. We are all too old in the tooth to always regard Blues as a 100% Certs even if we were playing Altrincham( for those old enough to remember that).!

  • AdamTrueBlue says:

    I know we have the feel good factor we should really take it to Bolton, but I do find it hard to predict our results this season, every game I think to myself thats going to be tough and hope we can pinch a point. A little bit of head and heart, my Heart is saying 1-4 Blues, my Head is saying 1-1, but I wouldn’t be suprised if we Slipped Up OR came away 0-5 Blues, for sure Bolton are going to be dangerous their pride will have taken a kicking and they will be looking to turn things around. If results go our way tonight we could be up to 2nd adversley we could be back to 8th, Oh the joys of being a Blue Nose and still a long way to go before hope is replaced with confidence. I will Keep Right On and support them come what may.

    • AdamTrueBlue says:

      Just wearing my heart on my sleeve a bit with this one and trying not to get too optimistic. kro

  • DoctorD says:

    I doubt Bolton will be playing to soak up pressure — they’ll want points on the board to climb out of trouble. That should suit us….but you never know. I don’t think we’ll score more than two goals.

  • KC says:

    Interesting statistic. If I’ve got it right- 10 different players have scored Championship goals for Blues already this season !!

  • Big Al says:

    This is exactly the sort of game we traditionally lose! I’m delighted to read that Clough is out – he looks a player. Our record at Bolton isn’t that great from memory despite the last two seasons.

  • zxcv says:

    I hope we learned something from the Rotherham game, and treat Bolton as they would a top six team. I am sure Gary will be reminding them of that game and making sure the attitude is right. I for one am not expecting a easy win, no such thing, and if we show them respect and play with the same desire we have shown recently then that desire should get us at least a draw and a draw away to the bottom team will be a great result. Just ask Norwich how they found the bottom team..

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Never change a winning team. We have momentum, so let’s keep it going. Bolton have let in twice as many as they’ve scored this season, so let’s add to that. 2-1 will give us another 3 points.

    • zxcv says:

      I think I will be wrong but I have a gut feeling GR might just give Robo a rest tonight and save him for the Hull game, or maybe the other way round.

      • StaffsBlue says:

        Possibly… but Robbo will be right up for it against his old club. Maybe he’ll play tonight and Spector will come in for the Hull game.

  • cheltblue says:

    Think this will be tricky. Everytime we have won 3 on the bounce this season (All competitions), we have drawn or lost the game after. Im going for a 1-1 and to be honest id be happy with that. KRO

  • Bloop says:

    A year ago today we sacked Clark, how things have changed

  • Bluehobba says:

    Makes a change for Robbo not to be in the list of Yellow cards. Must be concentrating on getting goals …kro

  • OllieBluenose says:

    I’d be starting with Toral tonight. Considering the pressure Bolton are going to be under from the fans from the off, a little more possession in their half of the pitch might well make things awkward for them early doors.

    Capitalise on that with a goal before the 60 minute mark, then bring on Davis and revert to the usual soak up the pressure and counter tactic and I think we could win 0-2 again tonight.

    I think it’s a good thing that nobody gets too excited these days – players included. Maybe we’ve turned the corner a little there with Rowett in charge and are starting to see truth in the statement that there are no easy games. Rowett will be reminding the players of that, citing Doncaster at home as a prime example, and I have full trust that the players will go out there with full professionalism.

    All things said, it is the Blues… KRO.

  • Waycoolblue says:

    I see this as a good game for Donaldson I watched Bolton’s games and they defend very shallow. I am going 3-0 Blues.

  • David L says:

    The kind of game we should win, but am worried we might lose (B’pool last year)

    I don’t want to push the Clough analogy too much – but like GR he started at a small club (Hartlepool) and brought them more success than they’d had for years, before moving on to a Midlands club that had potential but were in the doldrums.

    He also imbued a bunch of journeymen footballers with a desire to succeed, kept a core of players who learned to win together.

    So much, so similar. The missing piece of the jigsaw to me is a plan B. By which I mean we are great at hitting teams who fancy themselves (QPR) on the break. But poorer teams don’t do that so much, so we’re in danger against them (Rotherham). So we need to find a way to dominate poorer teams as well as we counter attack better ones.

    I hope for a 3-1 to us, but worry about a 1-0 to them.

  • Hillfield Blues says:

    Can’t see us losing this one and we all know what happens when we think that!! 0-1 Blues but would take a draw tbh.

  • kirkus says:

    Was it really 17 months ago,we got the draw to stay up,marvellous!!!

  • Chris allen says:

    Anyone know why davis isn’t in the squad tonight

  • Dave Mann says:

    Told yah!!!!kro

  • Mark H says:

    Amazing result. It’s always tricky to get anything at Bolton, but the boys did it again! Bring on the next Wanderers!

  • Mitchell says:

    Great result and wonderful to have secured promotion spot. No words can describe what GR and the team have given us in only 12 months. However I look at the highlights and I see like matches previous the frailty of CH and on the left of defence. Balls kicked off the line- and desperate opposition shooting-that on other days could tell a different story. My point is that if we are to maintain our lofty position then without any disrespect to Robbo.and Grounds we need this area covered by two powerful players who rarely give the opposition a sniff. Different ball game now with the prized opportunity a distinct reality. TTA et al must wake up this morning and see £100m. as a definite coup by May next. Investing is their game and I am sure this particular game will excite them this morning.

    • AussieBlue says:

      Mitch mate – I don’t think TTA give a rat’s rectum about how the team is performing so long as they stay at least in the Championship. Their game is funding distressed assets and making a killing when it is re-sold. If there is a cash boost into BCFC by a miraculous promotion, so be it but in their eyes it will only serve to increase the price and profits of selling out of BIHL, and therefore BCFC.

      As for style of play, I see highly creative and imaginative use of player resources that disrupts opposition plans…full credit to Robbo and GR for unleashing his ‘eaders. Fantastic result for another game where we had less ball possession than a gelded ‘roo!

  • Dave Mann says:

    2nd from bottom to 2nd from top in 12 months is quite staggering with hardly any money spent and most fans expecting another tough season … Early days I know but Ime really enjoying myself at the moment and the upcoming fixtures and winter don’t hold any fears what so ever .. Sir Gary Rowett OBE ( order of the blues empire ) you are the man!! Kro

  • Hillfield Blues says:

    Driving into work this morning feeling happy I was listening to a popular sports radio stations round up of the championship. Among things being discussed were what a remarkable job Chris Hughton was doing at Brighton,how well Steve Clarks Reading were playing,how Derby could go third with a win tonight and how Neil Lennon is a better manager than his bottom of the table Bolton suggest.
    And of Gary Rowett and Birmingham City’s miraculous rise to 2nd in the table against all the odds……? Not even a mention!!..No change there then.

    • AdamTrueBlue says:

      Keeping it under the radar Hillfield, when they do start to take notice, hopefully it will be too late for the others to catch up! I for one do not mind the lack of coverage we are getting, its better than the coverage we got for being at the other end of the table, and I do not need to be told what a good job the Manager, Staff and Players are doing by some has been pundit, I know I can see it for myself. Kro

  • Tony says:

    Whats happening with Robbo? he hadn’t scored in 8 years now he has two in two Brilliant.
    Makes you wonder what could have been achieved if we had got rid of the lamentable Clark sooner.

    • Hillfield Blues says:

      There goes your Clarkitis again Tone. I’d have thought that would have cleared up by now ;)

    • AdamTrueBlue says:

      And some people on here had commented that they thought he was passed it! He’s just coming into his prime, if he keeps on at this rate he will surpass Donaldsons goals last season and become a real Blues Legend. kro

  • Carl71 says:

    He scores when he wants he scores when he waaannttss that boy Paul Robinson he scores when he wants. And could have had 2. What a result (poor second half but hey) Maghoma brilliant when needed to be and Keiftenbeld never shunned his responsibility all the way through. Theres only one Gary Rowett, Paul Caddis, Paul robinson, Michael Morrison………… you get my drift. KRO


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