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Bolton Wanderers earn their first Championship win of the season

Tuesday 17th October 2017
The Championship has seen 12 games played so far and Bolton Wanderers have only just managed to bag their first win of the season. A 2-1 victory against Sheffield Wednesday has altered moods for the Trotters in a positive manner.

The win will come as a relief for manager Phil Parkinson and also the fans, but will they be able to carry on the run after earning their first full three points?

Thanks for the three points goes to Sammy Ameobi and embarrassingly a Sam Hutchinson own goal. The matched ended with Bolton Wanderers only claiming a third of the possession, which shows that you have to take your chances when the moment comes. Both Sheffield Wednesday and Bolton Wanderers targeted at least six shots on goal but the home side will count themselves lucky with the own goal.
The win puts Bolton on a massive five points, but still holding up the table in 24th place. It should be a positive outcome but they will be aware that more results are needed and soon. With Birmingham sitting on the 21st spot with 11 points it puts the side six points inside the relegation zone.

No game will be easy and the next one is against Queens Park Rangers at home. The timing of this upcoming fixture couldn't be any better. Ian Holloway's side is 15th, being unable to win from their last six games. Four points from a possible 18 by QPR is something Bolton will notice. Hopefully, they can capitalize on it when their London-based opponents arrive at the Macron Stadium on Saturday 21st October.

Since their promotion from League One last season, Bolton has struggled. With their recent home victory, it wouldn't be surprising to see them snatch a result this Saturday. The home crowd will definitely be in high spirits and should create a noisy atmosphere and be the 12th man that could influence the game.

After such a long time without a win, Bolton could use their recent victory for momentum and push on. With only six goals scored, there is much to improve on in the attacking department. A total of four players have scored for Bolton this season which is another sign that they need to pick up the pace.
Gary Madine has scored the most goals for Bolton this season in the Championship with two goals to his name. Adam Le Fondre, Filipe Morais and Sammy Ameobi all have one each while other squad members have managed to get on the scoresheet in the League Cup. This includes Adam Armstrong, Dorian Dervite, Jem Karacan and Derik Osede.

Bolton's weakness is their defence. Conceding 23 goals already doesn't bode too well but at least there is something to improve on.

Phil Parkinson instructions from the board will have been to set out to avoid relegation this season being a newly promoted side. This season will probably feel like a struggle if results are not cemented. Hence why they need to grab something against QPR and continue the forward momentum.

Prior to the Sheffield Wednesday game, Bolton have been unable to score in seven league games! With two goals last weekend including the Sam Hutchinson own goal, there will be a morale boost which the Trotters haven't had lately.

One key factor this weekend for any Bolton Wanderers fan is that QPR hasn't won in their six away games this season. Although stats just show what's on paper, this next game is key for Bolton if they want to survive the Championship this season. Can they continue their momentum on Saturday at the Macron Stadium?
Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.


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