Big thanks to our friends over at Lion of Vienna Suite SBNation’s blog for everything Bolton Wanderers for answering a few of our questions ahead of Good Friday’s match at Elland Road.
Bolton had a terrible start to the season, but have had a few good results as of late, meaning that they have everything to play for right now. A few more points would certainly put relegation fears behind them, while Leeds United have looked dismal for a few months. We’ll see how the clubs do tomorrow.
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TIAT: How has the season gone since we last met?
LOVS: ”Up until October it seemed that relegation was inevitable, having picked up just two points from eleven games. Since then the team has been performing exceptionally, and we’re currently 19th. Nobody gave us a chance to stay up, but Phil Parkinson and the players deserve huge praise for proving people wrong.”
TIAT: Do you think Bolton has done enough to stay up, or is it more about the teams below you in the table being worse?
LOVS:”Results have gone our way, but the club still needs to continue to pick up points. If we do, we’ll have done enough to stay up.”
TIAT: Who has been the best player for Bolton this year, and who should Leeds fans look out for?
LOVS: ”It’s no coincidence that the club’s upturn in form happened after Karl Henry joined in September. He’s been a real leader on the pitch. The other standout players for the season are Ben Alnwick and Sammy Ameobi. I’d also say that on his day, Adam Le Fondre could cause real problems for Leeds.
TIAT: Gary Madine was sold in January, have you felt his absence and has anyone stepped up to fill his boots?
LOVS: ”I don’t think Madine has been missed as much as I initially thought he would be. The team have continued to pick up points without him, which is great considering he was the sole focal point of the team. With Madine gone, Adam Le Fondre has been given a bigger role, and has scored three times in the past month.”
TIAT: Predict the score.
LOVS: ”I’ll say 1-1. Wanderers have been fairly decent in recent weeks away from home.”