After the previous meeting between these two sides ended in a draw back in December, I was convinced Wolves would finish outside the bottom three.
We played appallingly for much of the game at the Reebok, yet by the end we probably should have won after drawing level and dominating the closing stages.
Bolton looked very much like a team on their knees. Blackburn were also toiling and Wigan’s destiny seemed all but a foregone conclusion.
How wrong could I have been?
All of those sides now look distinctly better equipped to survive than our lot as we head into the business end of the season.
Still, for all the problems of late, both on and off the field, winning this vital fixture would immediately change the complexion of things.
And Wolves must win.
Anything but 3 points is a disaster for TC and the boys, given the remaining fixtures they’re faced with, especially at Molineux. After Bolton depart tomorrow, we can look forward to welcoming Arsenal, Man City and Everton – none of whom look ripe for the picking.
Despite winning 4 away games this season, Bolton have lost the other 10. Only QPR have been beaten as many times on their travels.
Owen Coyle’s side do however come into this match after back-to-back Premier League wins against QPR and Blackburn. They’ll fancy making it a hat-trick too against a Wolves side who’ve lost more home games than any other side in the league (10).
I think when you’re on such an appalling run, it becomes difficult to know what options to try next. TC must surely be scratching his head wondering what combination to field in what must be his last realistic chance to salvage the season. Assuming fitness of certain players, this would be my XI:
If Henry is fit, he must play. We’ve missed him, particularly in the Blackburn and Norwich games where there was the realistic possibility of getting a result had we been able to plug the holes in midfield.
I’d also bring Milijas back into the center of midfield in the hope that he can give our starved forwards something else to feed on. I don’t think the Serbian is the type of player who can make an impact from the bench. He either needs to play from the start or not at all for me.
3 people got the scoreline spot-on against Norwich last weekend. Well done to Ade in China, Rich and Haywood Wolf who all pick up 3 points.
17 others take a single point for getting the outcome correct without the score.
I wish I could be positive heading into this game, but I’ve seen nothing of late to suggest we have enough belief to beat anybody.
I think it will probably be a draw, which is no good to Wolves at this stage of the season.
If you’re at Molineux tomorrow, have a great time and lets really get behind the lads.
Up The Wolves.