Fan Preview: Bolton Wanderers vs Tottenham Hotspur (FA Cup)

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So are we going to end the season with a bang or a whimper?  After Molineux on Wednesday it feels like we’ve already spelt out the W-H-I-M. This Sunday’s game at Bolton will determine whether we’re reaching for the Tippex or the permanent marker come Monday morning. What are the chances of Wolves going out of business I wonder? It’s their results we need expunged not Portsmouth’s.

It’s the FA Cup of course and we’d better be up for it. We never have much fun in the Reebok, we’ve haven’t won there in the league. We have though in the cup so there’s an omen for you, even if it was the League Cup.  That was in 2004 and two of the goals in that game were scored by Jermain Defoe, the man who at present appears to carry our only goal threat. Shackle Defoe and you shut down Spurs must be the first thing any scout notes about us. (Football scout I mean, though it’s so obvious, a kid with a woggle would probably start there too).

Bolton have got plenty to distract them from the possibility of Wembley, they’re deep in the relegation mire. In the days of Gary Megson we could be pretty sure that the home team would feel a weakened eleven but Owen Coyle (the Scottish George Clooney apparently) had experience of combining a good cup run with league success whilst at Burnley and can’t be relied upon to lay down easily. The much underrated and perennial Spurs nemesis Kevin Davies is the key to Bolton attack. If we can keep him quiet we’re halfway there.

After Wednesday’s off the wall team selection it’s anyone’s guess who Harry’s going to pick for this game. His options are slightly restricted as Walker and Kaboul are cup-tied but on the other hand Ledley will probably be ready to be wheeled out for his weekly outing from the hydrotherapy pool. Getting Aaron Lennon back in the side would be the biggest boost we could have, I’m not sure he’s ready yet though.

Phil Dowd is the ref and he’s a bit of a lucky mascot as we’ve had three wins and a draw so far this season when he’s been in charge.

Earlier this season we fought a tough 2-2 at the Reebok with a Croatian double from Kranjcar and Corluka. A similar result or better will get us in the draw for the quarter finals and breathe life back into what at the moment feels like a season on the verge of total deflation.

By MF

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  1. hopefully we will have our over-worked players who required resting on wednesday back in the team i’d like to see pav start & given a game but i’m not holding my breath.

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