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Blues to Out-pace the Trotters? Bolton Preview

It’s the turn of Owen Coyle’s Bolton Wanderers to visit St Andrews tonight with Blues looking to build on the draw to Nottingham Forest at the weekend. Bolton haven’t won away from home this season and they will know that if they are to regain their Premier League status that they are going to have to pick up points on the road.

Bolton Wanderers

Owen Coyle’s side have  a 100 per cent record this season away from home; unfortunately, it’s 100 per cent defeats having lost all three of their games away from the Reebok. However, they have scored in every game since the opening day of the season and will be looking to build on their 2-1 home win over Watford from the weekend. The Bolton squad includes one-time Blues target Benik Afobe, on season long loan from Arsenal, along with Jay Spearing on loan from Liverpool and former WBA midfielder Keith Andrews.

Bolton have no new injury worries with just long-term absentees Stuart Holden, David Wheater and Josh Vela definitely missing this game.


Blues will be looking to build on their display against Forest, which was described by Birmingham Mail reporter Colin Tattum as good as anything that they played last season for the first 75 minutes. With only long-term absentee Stephen Carr and Darren Ambrose definitely missing out it’ll be interesting to see how many of the Blues line up from the weekend are retained.

Chief amongst the selection decisions that Lee Clark will need to make is to decide whether to recall Curtis Davies and Keith Fahey whilst Leroy Lita will feel that he has done enough to retain his place in front of Peter Lovenkrands. Reports from the game said that Pablo did fairly well but with Kevin Davies leading the line for the Trotters Lee Clark will be aware that whoever does play in defence will need to be strong and up to the task.

It’s an important week for Lee Clark; two winnable games at home which could see Blues rocket up the table whereas a poor performance or two could see real pressure on the side and on him., I think this is a game Blues can win and they will need to show some of the same grit that ground out the result against Peterborough.

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12 Responses to “Blues to Out-pace the Trotters? Bolton Preview”

  • KiwiJohn says:

    Agree, this is an important week for Lee Clark. Two winable games and 6 points could see the clouds lift over B9. Hopefully we can continue on the up and start enjoying the football again rather than feeling the pressure at the wrong end of the table. KRO

  • maurice walters says:

    Good honest piece AL very important week we need to impress any potential new owners that are looking so lets show them the best side of BIRMINGHAM (football and crowd wise)let any buyers say I WANT SOME OF THAT KRO my blues

  • nicko says:

    i bet money paladini will be there tonight but we cant read to much in to it
    i think the man has done bcfc a big favour

  • Bluenosesol says:

    We must buck up at the back. Their second goal was not the first time this season that we have gone to sleep when heavily outnumbering the opposition in the box. Only LC will know if Davies has earned himself a start by his training endeavours, but as the front men begin to do the business we are desperate for a solid back four to perform week in and week out. Davies could be the one who makes that happen. Just hoping we get a decent turn out tonight and Saturday. KRO.

  • Atahualpa is a BlueNose says:

    Even though it’s still fairly early in the season, we seem to be getting our old rhythm back. A couple of crappy results did not make us a bad team or LC a bad manager. If we can establish a solid pattern, understanding and structure on the pitch, the off-field issues will sort themselves out sooner or later.

    Regardless of who is there tonight and may be interested in submitting a bid for the club, Paladini is NOT a good match for us. I have been told that his reps who were speaking to various staff last week, came across as rather brash, colourful and way too loud. We really should have had our fill of attracting unwanted attention and being labeled as a bit of a circus.

    If we can get a decent gate, start positively with the crowd firmly behind the team, then there is no reason why we cannot keep s clean sheet and score a couple of goals and move north in the league table.

  • Retired&Weary says:

    I doubt there will be a decent gate tonight; Blues in bottom 3, Champions League on the box ……
    Re Paladini, who’s qualified on here to say he would be good or bad? All I can say is a little brashness, colour , etc. would be welcome at the moment!

  • andy says:

    My concern is how Blues get carved open at the back. Time and again Coventry carved open the defence in the cup tie and looked like scoring every time. Conceding two goals after going two up in the second half at Forest still shows those frailties. It worries me and im certainly not confident tonight but we will see.

  • James says:

    I’m not overly concerned at the moment; we were in a similar spot this time last season, and as Atahualpa states, we have not turned into a bad team overnight.

    Agreed that it’ll probably be a poor turn out tonight – although citing the CL as a reason not to go down the match is poor Retired and Weary! Not saying that you are in this bracket of “fans” ;)


  • Retired&Weary says:

    James I will be there, it’s the ever growing any excuse stay-aways I’m referring to.

  • andy says:

    Im afraid its the way things are in todays football. With the poor start to the season,and the uncertain future surrounding club ownership, supporters will stay away. Its their right and their money and its not our place to call them.

  • leamblue says:

    bcfc ticket prices way to high for a championship cllub especially when we are in a recession! n

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