Murphy not surprised by Trotters' climb up the table but insists Town are confident ahead of Portman Road clash
Daryl Murphy insists he isn't suprised by Bolton's surge up the Championship table and recalls a personal experience to back up his views.
Blues take on the division's in-form side at Portman Road tomorrow and Murph believes the Trotters are mirroring the climb up the table he undertook with Sunderland a few years back.
matchday programme.“It’s going to be tough and they have really picked up lately,” said Daryl in an interview that you can read in tomorrow’s
“It’s hard when you drop down from the Premier League. You have to adapt to going to different stadiums, smaller stadiums and certainly when we went down at Sunderland, we struggled.
“We lost our first four games and it was all doom and gloom. The Championship is a tough league to play in anyway and the clubs that came down last season seemed to find that out but if you can get on a run, you can shoot up the table and that is what Bolton have done.
“It will be difficult against them, like I said, but at the same time we have won three of our last four home games and two of them were against Middlesbrough and Leicester who were both up there at the time, so we are confident.”
Mick McCarthy is likely to be without the services of Frank Nouble, with a hamstring injury expected to rule the big striker out of contention. Anthony Wordsworth is still a couple of weeks away from returning to action following a spine injury, although Paul Taylor is still some way off with his foot injury. Blues can welcome back loanee Richard Stearman, who missed the defeat to Peterborough through suspension, and skipper Carlos Edwards is available again following a groin problem. Lee Martin will sit out the second game of his three match suspension, after being sent off against Nottingham Forest recently.
Bolton boss Dougie Freedman could name an unchanged side, after seeing left-back Marcos Alonso’s strike earn them a big three points against promotion rivals Brighton. The former Palace manager has been boosted by ‘keeper Adam Bogdan’s return to training following injury.
Where they finished last season
Bolton- (Premier League)
Where they currently stand
One to watch
Chris Eagles. The former Manchester United winger has recorded the most assists in the Championship and has also had more shots on target than anyone else with 72 efforts. As well as providing quality from wide areas, the winger also likes to drift infield and support the strikers. Set-piece specialist.
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