After winning only once in the last 13 matches, Bolton boss Phil Parkinson has called for a ‘fresh start’ following the international break.
Speaking to the Bolton News, Parkinson said: “There is no use complaining about international breaks, they come along when they do, but I do think you need to use them in the best way possible.
“Let’s wipe the slate clean. If you have been in the team, forget about any kind of negativity.
“If you have not been in the team, I want those players to come back in with renewed hope to get back in for these forthcoming fixtures.”
Bolton had started the season strongly, winning three of their first four games. But now after 17 matches, Wanderers lie 23rd in the Championship with only one win in the last 13.
The manager’s aspiration here is to keep regular starters focused and to offer support to those confined to the bench.
Parkinson clearly hopes his words can coax some of that early season form out of his players. A return to winning ways is certainly needed to rescue the team’s season before it’s too late.
If ever there was a time that Bolton needed to recover their form, it’s now. The Trotters are entering into possibly their most important period of the season; with a crucial run of games coming up against fellow strugglers Millwall, Sheffield Wednesday and Wigan.
Fans and manager alike will be keen to see the players take on board Parkinson’s message and would welcome a change in fortunes with open arms.