Boro Can Return to Winning Ways at Bolton?
By Robert Nichols
Friday 08 Sep 2017 18:29:00
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Boro travel to Bolton tomorrow hoping to bury recent bad results and return to winning ways again at the home of the Wanderers. Can we make it a winning restart after the international break? 3pm kick off.

Boro travel to the stadium formerly known as the Reebok to take on a Bolton side struggling to come to terms with Championship. The newly promoted side have still to register a win but are hampered by a very restrictive transfer embargo. Former Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson was finally able to sign a player last week when he brought in the experienced Cardiff City winger Craig Noone.

Bolton will be hoping Noone can help kick start their campaign. Our fans will be fearing that a team without a win will over turn the form book against typical Boro. This has been a difficult ground for us so often in the past although results have improved since it changed to the Macron. It was probably Jordan Rhodes finest hour when his fired us to victory two seasons ago to keep us on the road to promotion.

It is an awful long time since we won away from the Riverside, the defeat at Forest was the most recent of twenty win-less games on the road. High time to put that record right.

Boro will be without Rudy Gestede tomorrow and we all wish him well after having to undergo surgery following a terrible reaction to a knock in training. With Martin Braithwaite still not quite ready this could open the door to Ashley Fletcher, Patrick Bamford or perhaps a change in formation with Traore or Downing starting.

I say a change in formation but Garry Monk not only shuffled the pack but he changed the battle plan last match out and it back fired with the damp squib v Preston. Traore and Downing have come on off the bench in recent games and changed the tempo if not the result. Neither player left at the transfer window and potentially both could have key roles in the months ahead in laying on chances for Britt and Patrick and returning this team to winning ways.

There will be several thousand fans filing across the Pennines to the picturesque stadium beneath Winter Hill. There is stadium parking next to the away end or drive past the stadium towards Horwich or Lostock Lane.

Former Boro defender and Redcar Rock, David Wheater played a big part in Bolton’s promotion last season and both he and former loan player, Sammy Ameobi should return to the starting line up to play us.

Hopefully Wheats is not celebrating tomorrow as Assombalonga could start to find his range again. Here’s hoping Boro can make it three wins in a row at the stadium in Horwich and spark the club’s push up into the top half of the table.

 

Come on Boro

 



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