While there may be considerable turmoil off the pitch for Bolton Wanderers right now, there is the small matter of the Trotter’s weekend away trip to Ashton Gate to contend with in the meantime.
Bolton have a mixed record against Bristol City in recent years. Since Wanderers’ relegation from the Premier League in 2012, the two clubs have met on seven occasions. Bolton have been the victors three times, while the sides have drawn twice. Bolton’s two defeats against Bristol have both come away from home. Which bodes well for this weekend.
Last season, Phil Parkinson’s side fell to a 2-0 defeat at Ashton Gate. However, it’s hard to forget how 2016’s visit to Bristol unfolded.
March 19, 2016
It was Bolton’s first game since manager Neil Lennon had left by mutual consent, following the previous game’s defeat against Preston.
Bolton had appointed academy coach Jimmy Phillips to steer the sinking ship as caretaker manager until the season’s end. His first game in charge was said away trip to face Bristol City.
What followed was the perfect summation of Bolton’s 2015/16 season, a crushing 6-0 defeat. The result all but sealed relegation to League One.
Back now to 2019 and Bolton’s current side, led by Phil Parkinson, have just come off the back of a 6-0 hammering themselves, at the hands of Hull City. The Bolton boss will be hoping beyond hope that his side doesn’t repeat that of Jimmy Phillips and suffer another thrashing this weekend.
With the club’s off the field issues rearing their ugly head once again, Parkinson has a real challenge on his hands to keep the players’ focus on their football right now.
Earlier this season, Bolton squandered a two-goal lead against Bristol to draw 2-2. With that in mind, if Wanderers can muster up some of the goal scoring threat seen against Walsall in the FA Cup, a win is entirely possible, but that could just be the optimist in me talking.
Whatever happens this weekend, Bolton will have another trip down to Bristol in two weeks, for the FA Cup fourth round.