In August, I and many others had expressed doubts about how Bolton would fare in League One. They had kept the same core of players who had failed in the past, off-the-field disputes were never-ending and Bolton had no real goal threat. But remarkably, Phil Parkinson turned the team (with additions) into one of the best goal scoring sides, and one that keeps clean sheets. Here is how Bolton achieved promotion.
The signing of the season has been Mark Beevers. He never makes a mistake, he is a solid defender and has scored a few goals too! Filipe Morais is another magnificent signing. After losing Ameobi and Clough, some wondered where the goals would come from but since joining in February, he has provided twelve assists with fans nicknaming him ‘The Postman’. Bringing back Le Fondre, a fans favourite, was also a big step towards promotion.
Making the most out of set-pieces
Parkinson has made Bolton a well-drilled side and at every free-kick or corner, they look dangerous. As a result, David Wheater and Mark Beevers have scored fourteen goals between them. As Bolton do not have a striker who will score 20+ goals, this has been a brilliant way of getting the best out of the squad.
Parkinson has tried to keep the same team all season and has rarely tampered with the squad and only made changes when forced to, through injury. This has instilled confidence in the players as Parkinson believes in them and it has also encouraged the players who are not in the first eleven to work their hardest to break into the team and to prove their mettle.
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