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3 things that could still fire Bolton to safety

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On Monday night, Bolton battled to a 0-0 draw at home to promotion-chasing Blackpool.

It can easily be argued that this a good result against a top League One side, however with only three draws so far this season and a 12 point penalty for entering administration, the Trotters need to start getting some wins on the board as soon as possible if they are to stand any chance of avoiding the drop.

Here, we look at three things the Lancashire side require in order to start turning the battling displays into wins, and at least give them a glimmer of hope of catching the teams above them…

Murphy to recapture Ipswich form

In the 2014-15 season, Daryl Murphy scored 27 goals in 48 games as his Ipswich side reached the playoffs before losing to East Anglian rivals Norwich in the semi-finals.

Moreover, in his full three-year permanent spell at Portman Road, he scored 50 goals in 127 games.

Goal-scoring returns have been relatively meagre since leaving Suffolk, and at 36 years old his best years might be behind him.

However, if the Republic of Ireland international can find some form at anything close to the form he found with Ipswich, then Bolton will reap the benefits and have much more chance of turning the battling displays into wins.

More of a cutting edge

On Monday night, it’s fair to say that Murphy was feeding off scraps.

The final ball was often poor and Keith Hill’s side struggled to create clear-cut chances.

The Trotters need to find a way of creating more good chances for the front-men. Injuries have not helped in this regard, with Liam Bridcutt and Will Buckley (in spite of his unpopularity with fans) both big losses and out for a prolonged period.

However, Dennis Politic and Stoke loanee Thibaud Verlinden have the quality to put league one defences to the sword, and Bolton fans will be hoping for some big performances over the next few weeks.

Good fortune

Keith Hill is having to deal with an awfully long injury list, and as he states they have all been caused by opposition players as opposed to anything to do with his training methods.

The Trotters can ill-afford any more injuries and will hope key players return quicker than expected.

At the end of it all, Bolton will need a bit of luck to stay up this season for sure.

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