Bolton boss Keith Hill has called for more clinical finishing as his team’s search for goals continues.
With Bolton’s international break now mercifully over, we can get back to the crucial task at hand, avoiding relegation to League Two.
The first step on that journey takes the form of this weekend’s home fixture against Rochdale, the third match between the two sides so far this season.
Despite a huge improvement in performances from Keith Hill’s side in recent weeks, Bolton have only managed two league goals in the 10 matches played this campaign and that’s something that desperately needs to change.
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Where are Bolton’s goals going to come from?
When Keith Hill took charge for the first time against Rotherham on September 14, midfielder Ali Crawford led the line for Bolton due to all of Wanderers’ attacking players suffering injuries.
Now though, several players are finally returning to fitness who might be able to find the net at last.
The main contender for goals is 36-year-old striker Daryl Murphy who has worked his way into the first team at last after joining Bolton with an injury. The target man has got into some promising positions in the games he’s played in so far but is yet have really found full fitness and not quite had the legs to beat defenders to the ball.
Joe Dodoo joined Bolton on the eve of last week’s televised game against Blackpool and began his Wanderers career out on the right-wing. The former Rangers striker offers up a different playing style to Daryl Murphy but his goalscoring record has been less-than-inspiring over the course of his career.
After spending the last two and a half months out injured, Connor Hall has finally returned to action and netted for the Under-23s on his first appearance since Bolton’s haphazard pre-season. While he will need time to get up to speed, the promising striker must surely put in a claim to a first-team spot before long, providing he continues on from his goalscoring return.
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Of course, goals don’t just have to come from Bolton’s strikers and we should always keep an eye out for the trickery of Thibaud Verlinden and the free-kicks of Ali Crawford.
But without doubt, Wanderers’ line-leading strikers really do need to start getting in on the goalscoring act before too long as the challenge of staying in League One gets tougher each week.
Fingers crossed that the extra time on the training pitch over the international period can see Keith Hill’s side finally score a few goals and put some much-needed wins on the board!