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paulhanley

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  1. Is it Field Mill, Mansfield?
  2. Yep. Getting there is one thing (let's hope it's this year). Getting a foothold in the league and consolidating is quite another. I think we are equipped as a club and fanbase and there's generally enough dross around to have a decent chance of staying out of the bottom three. It's not a totally impossible task but there's not much leeway for bad mistakes in recruitment etc. If/when we go up we'll need as a group of fans to get in the mindset of being a medium sized fish in a big pond rather than the big fish in a small pond that we are in League 1. There'll be a few tough Saturday afternoons and Tuesday nights while we earn the right to stay in the Championship. Once we've done that we'll have to earn the right to get our heads up and wonder what might be beyond the horizon.
  3. It's just what happens at the football. I suppose the trouble is it can transmit to the players and then it becomes a snowball effect. Been going on since a ball's been kicked around in front of a crowd, mind. IE must know that. I've no doubt we've benefited from it when the opposition fans have got the jitters when we are winning away.
  4. These next four are very important. At the end of it we're in to two away derbies against teams who hate us with Derby/Peterborough/Stevenage/Barnsley away during Spring, not to mention Pompey and Oxford at home. I'd say we need to be racking up 10 points from Cambridge/Northampton away and Wycombe/Charlton at home. If we do that we'd be on 68 points from 32 games. We'd be bang on target. I think we'd need a further 26 points from the last 14 games, slightly less if we're lucky. It's slightly less than the two points a game we've been averaging overall. Cambridge away hasn't been the happiest of hunting grounds but that'll need to change. This feels like a similar fixture to Wycombe away back in the Autumn. Let's hope for a similar result.
  5. Awkward game You can see why Barnsley do so well away from home. Acceptable point. Win needed in midweek now.
  6. I think it was 2000/01 in big Sam's promotion season. Four points off Burnley, six off PNE but only one off Blackburn. You have to go back a long, long time before that for a further example of all four being in the same division.
  7. The thing is it's very do-able. Being so obviously biased I'd say we are a slightly bigger club than all three of them. The years ahead hopefully involve us proving that, which is a decent prospect to have on the horizon.
  8. They're the top three Lancs derbies for me. The big city clubs who are nearby are bonuses and generally out of our orbit. Blackpool comes close to that bracket but not quite and I hate playing them. Wigan - others have articulated. When we start recording wins against Burnley, PNE and Blackburn then we really can say Bolton are back. And hopefully we can push on further from there.
  9. Very true! He was setting the bar rather high for himself there!
  10. Barry Fry might come across as a bit of a clown but he's clearly got a great eye for spotting a centre forward.
  11. Age profiles of the two squads are entirely different. This is a long term "project" to use the modern parlance. There was none of that under PP and given the ownership at the time such an approach was not in the mindset at all. PP gets credit for short term success, Evatt and FV for (hopefully) longer term and sustainable success.
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    Injuries

    Appreciate that being without Santos on Saturday isn't ideal but the cupboard looks much less bare after today. Caleb Taylor is a big central defender of the kind we really needed for depth and seeing someone with his profile in that squad is a real bonus, young though he is. A backline of JDC or Ramsay at RB; Taylor, Toal, Iredale and Ogbeta at LB should be OK. The big bonus is Forrester being close to contention. Hopefully we can crack on now.
  13. Decent day. Really like the sound of Caleb Taylor as a bona fide big central defender and intrigued by what Aaron Collins has to offer. Well done to the board for giving IE the backing. On a side note: It'll be interesting to see how the young lads going out on loan get on. I would echo what others have said re hoping Matheson finds a good loan deal.
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    Injuries

    There can be no question we have been desperately unlucky with central defence. If Toal and Santos are out by my reckoning we've four injured (Johnston and Forrester being the other two) and one on international duty. No team could cope with that and it happened last Spring too. Is there any criticism to be made despite in the face of all that rotten luck? If there is one it's that IE is on record as saying he wants defenders who can play in more than one position. That's largely fine but for that central role in a three you need a big powerful lad/a specialist in the traditional style, albeit these days with the ability to play a bit. By relying purely on Toal and Santos we were always going to be in the crap if they were both out at the same time. Johnston can do it, MJ stood in there last year. But we've nowt like that available other than Toal/Santos. It could be said we've not got the right balance of central defenders in terms of variety/type and we've left ourselves a bit exposed. However, I'm relucant to say that loudly because nobody can deny our luck 2024 so far has been dogshit. Let's hope they're both OK. If not we need quick moves in the market.
  15. Another chance to win at Blackpool down the plug hole. Slight upside: They will now have a semi final with Wembley at stake in the week before they play us in the league. We've got a rare blank midweek. I hope the league game is finally the occasion to end the win drought there.
  16. The piece on the BWFC website introducing the new lad from Liverpool quotes IE as saying that it could free JDC to fill in at centre back. Can't quite see that myself but then I'd never have seen Gethin doing it until he did. Wouldn't have seen Simon Charlton and Mick Whitlow doing it all those years ago either. Anyway it looks like a decent deal for us. I hope they can find Matheson some game time elsewhere.
  17. Yep, if that's right (and it has the hallmarks of being) then we're in for a seriously interesting few days here.
  18. I'd not be bothered about this were it not for these. Said it before on here but it bears repetition. We've won three times at Old Trafford since we last won at Blackpool, 46 years worth. It's a proper bucket list item for older Bolton fans and we've two chances in the next month. COYWM.
  19. Just checked to see if Swansea had an U21 team in the EFL Trophy this season. They didn't. So hopefully that means this new lad will be eligible for Tuesday night.
  20. It's a great win. We needed it regardless of how it was achieved. I've no idea about how to train a football team but from my simple onlooker's perspective I'd do a Cloughie - don't do any training at all this week now. Wrap them in cotton wool, rest them up entirely. Absentee levels for Saturday and next Tuesday are now at very concerning indeed. If Dempsey and Thomason are both out we need CMG back in that squad and we're going to have to have Khumbeni in and around it. Defensively we look threadbare.
  21. I've not been keeping up with his every word in this window, just saw his tweet today. Maybe it is as good as done. Hopefully we find out soon.
  22. Sam Smith being linked. Ennis deal "taking too long" according to Nixon on Twitter. No central defensive links as yet, hope to hear about some soon.
  23. This is reading between the lines and guesswork but I suspect what's happened is that by signing up a lot of our assets to longer contracts this last 6-12 months we've raised the wage bill and thus used up a lot of salary budget that may otherwise have gone on new players. That's not a criticism of anyone, far from it. We need to protect ourselves against asset strippers. A way of making the money go further seems to have been targeting defenders who can cover more than one position, Evatt has said this. The trouble with doing that is that a smaller number of defensive bodies leaves you vulnerable to a rash of injuries. Again, that's no criticism. What happened to George Johnston was a real blow. Gethin being called up by Aussie couldn't have been foreseen. On top of that Forrester is out. I'd be happy with Ennis and a new loan centre back. Only I'd prefer we targeted a rock solid late 20s/early 30s player on the fringe of a Championship squad rather than an Mbete. It would a steadying influence at a crucial time and he won't be hampered by being EFL Trophy cup-tied.
  24. A textbook Cheese response. Same old playbook.
  25. We've all seen you doing the online equivalent every time you encounter someone you disagree with. Which happens quite a lot given you go out of your way to disagree with everyone.
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