With Bolton staving off the threat of administration this week, we finally get the chance to focus on what’s really important to the club, football. However, there isn’t any football for Bolton this weekend as there is an international break instead.
This doesn’t exactly bode well as the international breaks we’ve had so far this season have not been kind on the Trotters.
September international break
After Bolton’s brilliant start to the season, that saw them lose just one of their first six games, we then had the September international break.
What followed, in the next 17 games, was just one solitary victory and five draws.
Bolton returned from the September international break with a home defeat against a struggling QPR.
More was definitely expected from Wanderers but as we’ve become accustomed to, they failed to deliver. As it happens, Bolton are set to play QPR again next weekend.
October and November international breaks
Two of the aforementioned draws also came after the October and November international breaks respectively.
In October, Bolton clawed their way back to draw 1-1 at Rotherham. While in November, Bolton dropped two points on the road at Millwall, after conceding a goal with less than 10 minutes left to play.
Both of those games were definitely winnable for Bolton. For whatever reason though, they failed to bring home the bacon.
It’s not as if Bolton’s players will be worn out after the international break as very few Wanderers players are internationals.
Why do Bolton struggle after international breaks?
Well, the simple answer to that has cropped up all season. Bolton’s players simply don’t have the quality needed in the Championship.
Therefore any break in the fixture list will give opposition teams a rest in order to capitalise on this poor Bolton side.
Will the same thing happen again next week at QPR?