Bolton (A) Match Preview

Thankfully the last of our Tuesday night games for a while, should give the side a bit of a chance to recover after a gruelling recent run of games. We’ll almost certainly be without Wes, but how will we fare and who should we fear?

Tuesdays have always presented us with a bit of a conundrum, how do we play our brand of attacking football without our key playmaker? Last Tuesday against Scunthorpe we began to answer those questions, playing well but ultimately failing to break down a dogged team.

The defence picks itself for this one, with Drysdale and Taylor both putting in excellent performances lately, and Knoyle and Dunk will probably flank them. In midfield we wonder if we’ll see the return of Luke Hannant and/or Paul Digby at least from the bench. Shilow Tracey will probably start to give us a creative edge, which might necessitate Jack Iredale starting on the left to balance the side in a 442 formation with Mullin and Ironside up front.

Expected U’s Line-Up: Burton, Knoyle, Drysdale, Taylor, Dunk, Tracey, May, Boateng, Iredale, Ironside, Mullin

Another option would be to drop Ironside and add another man to the midfield. This should allow us to exert some control on the game but runs the risk of leaving Mullin isolated up top. Bolton seem to be vulnerable to a quick break so Tracey should be an asset here.

Who’s Their Player To Watch? We all know about the danger of striker Eoin Doyle, but Bolton have added former Gateshead and B*ro man Marcus Maddison to their squad in the January transfer window on loan from Charlton. Possibly the biggest dickhead in football, Maddison has a ‘why so serious?’ tattoo from The Dark Knight on the back of his neck. Ironically, being serious about football would probably have seen Maddison playing at Championship level instead of knocking around League Two. Yeah we’re still upset he wasn’t sent off in the Play-Off final.

Who’s In The Dugout? Despite a difficult start, Ian Evatt is still in charge and seems to have turned things around a bit, dragging Bolton up into the playoffs.

What’s Their Recent Form Like? P5, W4, D1, L0, For 7, Against 1

Any Ex-United Players? After selling George Taft in January, none.

Last Time Out: Cambridge 1-1 Bolton, October 24 2020

A real comedy goal from Joe Ironside put the U’s ahead, but we were pegged back shortly after in this 1-1 draw earlier in the season.

From The Archive: Cambridge 1-3 Bolton, January 29 2000

We’re never going to stop going on about this, quite simply the worst refereeing decision of all time as John Brandwood declines to send off Mike Whitlow for a rugby tackle on Trevor Benjamin, instead booking a bootless Trev for diving instead. He’s probably retired now, but until the FA take away his pension we’re going to continue protesting this massive injustice.

UTAS Moosenet Tip: 1-0 United, Mullin. It’s always Mullin.

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