Bolton have gone more than one game unbeaten for the first time since September. The recent upturn in form against Rotherham and Stoke over the Christmas period stems quite possibly from Phil Parkinson’s use of two strikers.
The Bolton boss has come under fire in recent weeks for setting up the team too defensively.
But against Rotherham on Boxing Day, something miraculous happened. Bolton played with two strikers in Christian Doidge and Clayton Donaldson.
What happened? Wanderers won for the first time since September.
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Following on from that, a few days later against Stoke, Bolton earned another point and their first clean sheet in 15 games.
And guess what? Bolton had Doidge and Donaldson up front together yet again. They played slightly different positions however, to counter the attacking threat poised by Stoke, but the more offensive setup seems to be paying dividends for Parkinson’s side.
Granted, it is a bit early to be jumping to conclusions after just two games, and there are other factors in play, but it does appear to be the answer to Bolton’s poor run of form.
Whether or not Parkinson continues to play two strikers tomorrow against Hull remains to be seen. But after picking up four points from six in the last two games, it’s worth a shot.