By Giuseppe Muro
Bolton Wanderers were thrashed 5-0 by Stoke in an FA Cup Semi Final last time out.
So is this a good time to be facing Owen Coyle’s side? We spoke to Liam Chronnell of the Bolton News to get an opposition perspective on Sunday’s Premier League game.
What happened against Stoke? It’s something that everyone has been asking, from the manager and the players to the fans. Unfortunately, it was just one of those days for Bolton. The players froze, they suffered a disastrous start and they never recovered. In truth, it could have been more and they never looked like getting back into the game. In the end, it could have quite easily been more than five.
CAUSE FOR CONCERN?
They are all distraught about it. After the game, Kevin Davies said he was embarrassed and ashamed. Gary Cahill admitted they froze and that the big occasion had got to them. There has been a lot of soul-searching this week but I think now they are keen to move on. Let’s not forget that they have had a really good season, are eighth in the Premier League and made the FA Cup Semi Final. They don’t want one poor performance to cloud what has otherwise been a really good season.
SILENCING THE CRITICS
They will be desperate to show people, and show themselves, that the Stoke game was a one-off. There is plenty for them to prove and they always fancy playing Arsenal, especially at Reebok Stadium.
REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL
There has been an incredible transformation since Owen Coyle came in 18 months ago when they were in the bottom three and fighting a relegation battle. Coyle came in, stabilised the club, brought in a few players like Jack Wilshere and this season they have continued to progress.
THE MAN IN CHARGE
In his first full season at Bolton, he couldn’t have wished for it to go any better. He will be hurting after the performance against Stoke because it was so unlike Bolton to capitulate in that manner. I’m sure there will be a few harsh words and it’s something they will be looking to address this weekend.