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Opposition Report: Bolton Wanderers

A Brief Look At The Trotters

24 February 2020

Bolton Wanderers visit Bloomfield Road tomorrow evening in Sky Bet League One.

The Trotters are rooted at the bottom of the table coming into the match, thanks to their points deduction at the start of the season due to financial problems at the football club.

Bolton are 20 points adrift of safety, picking up just five wins all season, the last coming at the start of February in a 2-0 home win over fellow relegation candidates Tranmere Rovers. They have lost their last four matches since that win.

Despite their position in the league table, performances have improved since the appointment of Keith Hill in September 2019. Before the 50-year-olds arrival, Bolton had picked up just one point from their opening five matches and conceded a whopping 22 goals, which included three consecutive 5-0 defeats against Tranmere Rovers, Ipswich Town and Gillingham.

The points were shared between these two sides earlier on in the season, with the Seasiders taking a single point from the University of Bolton Stadium in a 0-0 draw, which was live on Sky Sports.

Last Three Results:

  • 22/2/20 – MK Dons 1-0 Bolton Wanderers
  • 15/2/20 – Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Wycombe Wanderers
  • 11/2/20 – Doncaster Rovers 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

The Manager: Keith Hill

Keith Hill was appointed manager of his hometown Club Bolton Wanderers in August 2019. The 50-year-old has nearly 15 years experience of management, having managed both Rochdale and Barnsley before joining the Trotters.

Hill’s success as manager comes from his two spells at Rochdale, where he has guided the Club to promotion to League One twice in 2010 and 2014, respectively.

Hill joined Bolton last summer following the Club’s relegation to League One. Despite starting the season on -12 points, the Club have given themselves faint hopes of league survival with victories over the likes of Fleetwood Town, Tranmere Rovers and Southend United in recent weeks.

The Star Man: Joe Dodoo

Ex-Seasider Joe Dodoo has been key to Bolton’s plans this season. He joined the Trotters in October 2019 following a spell at Rangers in Scotland. Since his arrival at the University of Bolton Stadium, Dodoo has four goals and three assists to his name. Only Darryl Murphy has scored more goals for Bolton than Dodoo this season.

The 24-year-old enjoyed a successful loan spell at Bloomfield Road last season, making close to 20 league appearances for the Seasiders, and scoring a couple of goals.

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