Former Trotter Giles gives his thoughts on the current situation with his old club
Giles Coke won’t be making the trip to the Macron Stadium this evening to take on his former side Bolton due to injury, but he has warned those who are to expect a tough game despite the Trotters’ perilous league position.
The midfielder spent just shy of three months with Wanderers on loan from Sheffield Wednesday last season, and he admits it’s a shame to see them in the situation they are in.
“It’s a great club,” he told Ipswich Player HD.
“I was only on-loan there for a couple of months but I really enjoyed myself there and they’re obviously going through a tough patch, but they’ve got to get through it.
“Neil Lennon is a good manager and when I was there he was really good. The boys took to him very well, and he’s got very good man-management skills but something isn’t ticking at the moment.
“I hope they don’t get relegated because I still speak to a few of the boys there so it’s not nice; but it will still be a tough game.
“They are fighting relegation, and we’re fighting for the Play-Offs so I’m sure it will be an interesting one.”
Bolton Wanderers will pay tribute to the 33 supporters who lost their lives on the 70th anniversary of the Burnden Disaster. There will be a period of silence prior to kick-off, and the Trotters will be wearing their commemorative blue kit to mark the occasion; therefore, Town will be in orange.
Please note that tonight’s fixture is an 8pm kick-off at the Macron Stadium.
Cole Skuse could be set to return to the side after a month out after suffering a ligament injury in his toe against QPR at the beginning of February. The midfielder has made recovered well from the injury, and may well return to the squad ahead of tonight’s game. Jonathan Douglas and Kevin Bru are clear to play after overcoming injury and illness, although Daryl Murphy is still a doubt. Giles Coke [knee], Ryan Fraser, Teddy Bishop and David McGoldrick [hamstring] remain out.
Emile Heskey is a major doubt for the hosts after the former England striker injured his hip during the warm-up prior to the Trotters’ loss against Leeds on Saturday. Elsewhere, David Wheater, Ben Amos, Dorian Dervite and Max Clayton remain injured.
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Where They Stand
Town – 9th
Bolton – 24th
Last Time they met
Goals from Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Brett Pitman gave the Blues their first taste of victory in eight matches when these two sides last met at the beginning of November. Ainsley scored his first professional club goal as he fired home from the edge of the area early in the first-half before a thunderous Pitman finish with 20 minutes left to play sealed all three points for Town.
Foles was a stand-out in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest as the former Wolves man dictated the way the Blues played, and even managed to assist Ben Pringle for the only goal of the game. He was playing in a less than familiar position of central midfield compared to his natural one of right-back, but he certainly filled the void left in the absence of the injured Cole Skuse.
Trotters boss, Neil Lennon said last week that if he had ten more of Liam Feeney in his team, they wouldn’t be in such a precarious league position. The former Bournemouth and Millwall man has found the net five times for his side this season, and set up a further five, whilst playing in each one of their 35 league matches so far.
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