Behind Enemy Lines: Bolton Wanderers

MILLWALL are looking for a seventh away win in eight league games when they head to Bolton on Tuesday night.

The sides last met in August when Millwall dominated but an excellent Felipe Morais free-kick meant that Phil Parkinson’s men left south London with a point after George Saville’s opener.

The Lions sit just one point outside the top six after their win against Bristol City on Saturday which dented the Robins’ play-off hopes.

Bolton desperately need the win after Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Derby left them just two points above the bottom three.

Lucas Ball spoke to John Eccleshare this week.

Twitter: @JohnEcc78

Why do you support Bolton?

All of my family support Bolton. My dad took me to my first game in the mid-80s and I have had a season ticket ever since.

What’s been your favourite season following your side?

That is a tough one as we have had a few good seasons over the years.

I can’t really decide between two. In the 1996-97 season we won the old First Division to get promoted to the Premier League, only losing four games all campaign, scoring 100 goals and getting 99 points.

In the 2005-06 season we finished eighth in the Premier League and got to the quarter-finals of the UEFA cup. Drawing 2-2 with Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena was probably the highlight.

Do you expect Phil Parkinson’s team to stay up, which would mean that none of the three newly promoted sides have gone back down?

If you had asked me that question a few weeks ago I would have definitely said yes.

Unfortunately, the wheels have come off over the last few weeks so we are right back in the mix. It is still in our hands, though, so I’ve got to be optimistic.

Where do Bolton need to strengthen in the summer?

The honest answer – everywhere. Short but simple!

Who will be the danger men for the home side on Tuesday night?

Adam Le Fondre. He has been great over the last four or five weeks, scoring goals and working his socks off. If the service is there then Alf scores goals.

Likewise, which Millwall players will Bolton be wary of?

I’m a big fan of Millwall’s strike partnership, Steve Morison and Lee Gregory. We don’t very often come up against two strikers these days, especially two as in form and as good as this pair are.

What’s your predicted starting XI and line-up?

I think I need a crystal ball for this one! I’m going to go for what I would like to see, as I can’t really second guess Parky at the moment.


Ben Alnwick – GK

Mark Little – RB

David Wheater – CB

Reece Burke – CB

Antoinee Robinson – LB

Craig Noone – LW

Karl Henry – CM

Jem Kracan – CM

Derik – CM

Sammy Ameobi – RW

Adam Le Fondre – CF

Finally, a score prediction?

My heart says Bolton 2-1 Millwall, but my head says Bolton 1-2 Millwall.

Graphic: @ShedCreative