Vital Football

Latest Watford FC News

Season Preview 2012/13: Bolton Wanderers

Season Preview 2012/13: Bolton Wanderers
THE 2011=12 season brought to an end a 13-year stay in the top-flight for Bolton Wanderers - the longest period of sustained top division football in the club's history.

Whilst manager Owen Coyle can count himself highly unfortunate to have been robbed of the services of a number of players, including Fabrice Muamba, Tyrone Mears, Stuart Holden and Lee Chung-Yong, Bolton never looked good enough to retain their Premier League status.

Bad decisions were also a factor in Wanderers relegation, for example the decision to spend 3m on Hornet's forward Marvin Sordell and then not entrust the forward to start a single match in five months. Another questionable call was to persist with hap-hazard Hungarian goalkeeper Adam Bogan, when experienced Finnish international Jussi Jaaskelainen was on the books.

Strengths: With the greatest of respect to Bolton, this is a Championship squad. The ability to win promotion back to the Premier League is undoubtedly there - the likes of Keith Andrews, Sordell, Chris Eagles, Andrew Lonergan and Matt Mills are all proven n.Power Championship performers & that should bode well for the Trotters.

Weakness': Goals. Where are the goals going to come from? Sure, Sordell has a decent second-tier strike rate, but with Kevin Davies usually racking up more cautions than goals and David N'Gog never threatening, a lot of pressure is on Sordell's head at the moment.

Best business so far: Former Leicester City and Reading stopper Mills will plug the holes in Bolton's leaky defence. Whilst the former Royals skipper might not have endured the most happy of seasons at the King Power Stadium last season, there can be no doubt that the hulking centre-back is a top Championship defender.

Star man: American international Holden has proven himself to be an excellent Premier League playmaker. However, with two seasons of injury trouble hampering his progress, the former Houston Dynamo midfielder will be keen to get some playing time under his belt this season.

Starting his professional career in England with Sunderland, Holden has earned 17 full US caps since debuting in 2009.

In: Keith Andrews (WBA) free, Matt Mills (Leicester City) undsic, Joe McKee (Burnley) free & Andy Lonergan (Leeds Utd) undisc.

Out: Ricardo Gardner, Gretar Steinsson, Dino Fazlic, Ivan Klasnic, Nigel Reo-Coker, Paul Robinson, Sean Davis (all released), Robbie Blake (Doncaster Rovers) free, Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) free, Tope Obadeyi (Rio Ave) free, Rhys Bennett (Rochdale) free, Tom Eckersley (Accrington Stanley) free & Jussi Jaaskelainen (West Ham Utd) free.

Predictions:

wfc123:
Good additions, a manager who knows how to get out this division, as long as there are no lingering post-relegation blues, I see no reason why Bolton can't finish top six.

chrisgwfc: Signing players like Sordell have helped their cause. It may have been seen as negative in January but it has turned out to be a good signing now they are in the championship. Lonergan, Andrews and Mills can be some of the best players in the division but losing so many out of contract players in the summer leaves them with a thin squad.

Writer:Tom Bodell
Date:Monday July 30 2012
Time: 12:25AM

Comments

0
chrisgwfc: you can say the same of all the rubbish signed last summer as well. Not good enough for the EPL but decent Championship signings
Back of the Net
30/07/2012 08:53:00
0
Just a quick note. It was eleven years, not thirteen (we've had thirteen in total) and there was that small period at the beginning of the 20th century where we spent a lot of time in the top division. History didn't start with the Premier League, y'know.
Quentin X
30/07/2012 09:03:00
0
I was misinformed Quentin, it will be rectified!
wfc123
30/07/2012 12:03:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Watford Articles

Watford v West Ham - Team Sheets

Watford are at Vicarage Road with West Ham the visitors for the latest Premier League game.

Watford v West Ham - Follow Live On Twitter

Watford are at Vicarage Road with West Ham the visitors today, this will be a 5:30pm kick-off.

Watford FC Injury List Concerns

Our weekly update looking at the injury table for Watford FC and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

Vital Preview - Premier League, 25th-27th Feb 2017

The 2016-17 season continues with the latest round of games this weekend. This will see us among those involved with three points of course the aim.

Archived Vital Watford Articles

Vital Watford articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Watford
Write For Vital Watford
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Watford v West Ham United
Suggested By:
Watford win50%
West Ham win50%
Draw0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 25 19 3 3 60 34
2 Man City 25 16 4 5 52 22
3 Spurs 25 14 8 3 50 28
4 Arsenal 25 15 5 5 50 26
5 Liverpool 25 14 7 4 49 24
6 Man Utd 25 13 9 3 48 17
7 Everton 25 11 8 6 41 13
8 WBA 25 10 7 8 37 3
9 Stoke 25 8 8 9 32 -6
10 West Ham 25 9 5 11 32 -9
11 Southampton 25 8 6 11 30 -3
12 Burnley 25 9 3 13 30 -9
13 Watford 25 8 6 11 30 -13
14 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 5 13 26 -14
15 Swansea 25 7 3 15 24 -23
16 Middlesbrough 25 4 10 11 22 -8
17 Leicester City 25 5 6 14 21 -19
18 Hull City 25 5 5 15 20 -27
19 Crystal Palace 25 5 4 16 19 -14
20 Sunderland 25 5 4 16 19 -22
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Watford Results (view all)

Watford Fixtures (view all)

Feb 25 2017 5:30PM : West Ham United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : Southampton (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 13 2017 8:00PM : Chelsea (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 18 2017 3:00PM : Crystal Palace (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Sunderland (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : West Bromwich Albion (H)
Barclays Premier League
The Vital Football Members League