Bolton momentum could be crucial

Bolton's FanZone blogger Mickey Holland believes the Whites will be the team to fear if they can sneak into the Championship play-offs.

Last Updated: 08/04/13 at 11:35 Post Comment   

Bolton: Claimed another win on Saturday

Bolton: Claimed another win on Saturday

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Saturday afternoon could not have gone any better for Bolton.

Another three points in the bag, combined with other results going our way means we are now just two points behind the play-offs and are definitely the team to fear with just five games remaining.

Nottingham Forest, Brighton and Leicester will be quaking in their boots after another solid home win for the Whites against Wolves and if we can just get our act together away from home then we will sneak into the top six.

Every game is crucial at this stage but two bad results at Bristol City and Leicester will put an end to our chances so it goes without saying that a couple of good results are needed to keep the momentum going.

Bristol City are virtually relegated but while there is still a mathematical chance of them staying in the Championship, they will fight for their lives and we cannot just turn up expecting to win.

So it is time to fully focus on making sure we have the right attitude going into that game and not worry about a potentially huge trip to Leicester the week after.

We should try not to look too far ahead, but the way we are playing and picking up results at the moment it is hard not to!

All of a sudden pundits and rival fans are saying we will be the team to beat if we do make the play-offs, and I have to agree. Whoever finishes third, will not relish the prospect of taking us on over two legs in the semi-final.

Whatever happens, we are definitely heading in the right direction under Dougie Freedman and even if we miss out, like I've said in previous articles, there is a lot to be optimistic about.

Even so, I don't buy into the thinking of some fans, who believe it would be better if we missed out as we are not ready to go back into the Premier League just yet and would be better off having another season in the Championship.

The Premier League is the place to be and we need to get back as soon as possible, and if we are lucky enough to do it straight away then great.

Just look at the clubs who have slipped down the leagues. It has taken some an age to get back, while others you can't help but feel will never make it, and the existence of the club is in danger.

Apart from the Big Sam era and the European trips to Bulgaria etc, my happiest days watching Wanderers were in the lower leagues, particularly away from home.

You felt a closer connection to the club and the players, there was not the expectation as much from the fans and the whole matchday experience was far better.

However, times have changed and with the financial situation at the Reebok as it is we need to get back up quickly or we will be in all kinds of trouble, so if we can do it this season all the better in my eyes.

Of course it would be a big task building a squad to keep us in the Premier League but Freedman is likely to have more money to do it this summer than he would 12 months later after another season out of the top flight.

But let's not look too far ahead! The most important thing at the moment is another win at Ashton Gate and after the week we have just had you'd be a fool to back against us, even with our shaky away form.

Follow Mickey on Twitter at @Mickey_Holland.

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