Mr Personality Returns. Not!
Date: Friday 24th August 2007As Bolton players are transferred out of Fantasy football sides faster than you can say ‘vote of confidence’, most Bolton fans remain positive. The words 'We're only three games in FFS', if typed into Google, return more hits than 'porn'. As the media vultures circle above, the fans know that a win against Reading will bat them away with a giant Bolton cheese and onion pie. Fail to get any points against Reading and I would fear for LSL. These are impatient times in the premier league; the thought of flirting with relegation is just unthinkable for most club boards. The side definitely has goals in it; Anelka is getting on with his job regardless of the problems elsewhere in the team. Since being left out of the side initially, much to his disapproval, Diouf is also looking a threat. Incidentally, it's these two players that have reportedly wanted away before the end of the transfer window; keeping them happy and playing in a winning side is vital in retaining their services. IF Little Sammy Lee finds a settled side and formation, and IF he sorts the defence and actually starts keeping clean sheets, the team will be competitive once more. The two new wide players are slowly being introduced and could provide the balance and width the side needs, if the 4-4-2 formation is going to be successful. With the Reading festival kicking off this weekend, Reading town has it's own band of performers. Many thought they would be 'The Pretenders' this season but, based on early season form, the team are more akin to 'The Proclaimers', stating their intent to stay in this league. Readings start to the season has been impressive. Many, including myself, were firmly in the '2nd season syndrome' camp and expected Reading to struggle. One of their key midfielders had left for a bumper payday at Chelsea, and only a couple of new faces were added to the squad. A tactically successful draw against Man Utd, followed by a forgivable loss against Chelsea, and a commendable victory against an in-form Everton side, have re-affirmed Reading as a good Premiership side. Their early season form suggests that they will be safe this season. The Reading squad arrives at Bolton knowing that they usually beat us, although their squad is not as strong as they would like. Indeed, this is a very good time to play Reading since their injury list is swelling at the moment. Glen Little, Michael Duberry and Ibrahima Sonko are out of action and Dave Kitson is serving a three-match ban. Graeme Murty, Seol KiHyeon, John Oster may all be carrying knocks from last weekend, while a host of first team players (including Andre Bikey, who's round trip has clocked up a total of 20,000 miles) have all featured in their respective countries international matches this weekend. They are lead by a man who is dead inside. Steve Coppell speaks with as much passion in his voice as the Terminator. He is the living cure for insomnia, he is the sandman, his soul is so empty that he cries a little before making love to his wife. But he's bringing his team to Bolton, a team that we have just got to beat.