After a painful start to the season, things look on the up for Bolton as Keith Hill’s side are edging towards that first win.

We may be eight matches into the new season and Bolton may remain winless, but that first victory looks closer than ever after an agonising draw against high-flying Sunderland.

The fact that Bolton fans are disappointed to have drawn against Sunderland, who were fourth in the table going into Saturday’s match, shows just how much progress is being made under Keith Hill.

Wanderers were just minutes away from their first win since March after Jack Hobbs opened the scoring for Bolton but a late penalty after a Yoan Zouma handball put an end to dreams of an inaugural victory.

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However, after a promising start to Keith Hill’s tenure as Bolton boss, discounting the Rotherham result, a first win of the season could, hopefully, be close.

Up next for Wanderers is a tricky away trip to Portsmouth. The Fratton Park outfit will no doubt offer a considerable challenge, given the travelling required, but currently sit 20th in League One, making them the lowest-placed team Bolton have faced so far this season.

Keith Hill will surely be looking at the fixture as a huge opportunity with a full week of preparation time after Saturday’s Sunderland draw.

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A win at this stage of the season could be crucial as Wanderers head towards a busy October that is set to feature a whopping seven matches.

As well as five fixtures in the league, against the likes of Blackpool (H), Burton (A), Rochdale (H), Bristol Rovers (A) and Lincoln (A), Bolton have two EFL Trophy matches to contend with as well with another trip to Rochdale on the cards as well as a UniBol clash with Manchester City’s under 21s.

After the uncertainty that the start of the season has brought, and the relentless 5-0 thrashings, the fact that Keith Hill and David Flitcroft’s Bolton side are edging nearer to a first win is a huge turnaround and one that Wanderers fans will no doubt welcome with open arms.

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