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3 things we learned from Bolton’s crucial 2-1 win over Rotherham

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Bolton Wanderers scored in added time to make it three losses in four for Rotherham United.

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New signing Kaiyne Woolery scored in the 91st minute to bring a vital win to Bolton’s survival hopes, and bring his side one point behind the Millers.

A goal from Chris Burke was not enough for Rotherham as Jay Spearing and Woolery scored in each half to put United in the bottom three.

Bolton are on a run of form now that could see them climb out of the bottom three very soon; with Charlton losing and MK Dons picking up a point against Cardiff.

With only five points now between the bottom six, the months to come will definitely shape who will be staying in the division and who will be plying their trade in League One next season.

Here are THREE things we learned from Bolton’s 2-1 win over Rotherham……

1) Bolton have not given up in the relegation fight.

Two months ago you would have looked at the table and automatically assumed that Bolton would definitely be playing in League One next season.

However a lot has changed since then and now Bolton are off of the foot of the table for the first time in months.

The fight they have shown in recent weeks against the likes of Wolves and Rotherham has epitomised their determination to stay in the division.

A lot can change in a small space of time but if Bolton keep this form up then they will be on course to stave off relegation.

2) Rotherham’s misfiring strikers

In the last four games all of Rotherham’s goals have come from midfielders.

The last time a Rotherham striker scored was against Brighton, where Danny Ward scored in their 2-0 win; their last win incidentally.

Rotherham have not won since that 2-0 win over Brighton, and whether Neil Redfearn has deployed two strikers or one, they are simply not hitting the net.

Top scorer Jonson Clarke-Harris has been used as an impact sub in recent months, while Danny Ward, Matt Derbyshire and Luciano Becchio are failing to make impact.

For the Millers to get anything out of this season, Redfearn must address the problems with his strikers and why they are having trouble scoring.

3) Two in two for Chris Burke

On a positive note, Rotherham are still scoring goals albeit from midfield.

Loan signing Chris Burke has been positive since joining Rotherham and now has two goals in two games, demonstrating his ability and desire to play well for the club.

The 32 year-old has been effective on the wing in his three appearances but his form has caused a problem.

Fan favourite Grant Ward was shoved into a holding midfield role against Bolton due to his position being occupied by the in-form Burke and he struggled to influence the game.

If Redfearn is going to change tactics, he must find a way to get both Grant Ward and Burke playing due to their good form while making sure that Richie Smallwood has a partner in midfield who is used to playing there.

Ward has been great for the Millers but he cannot play in the central midfield role and Redfearn might feel he should have utilised the likes of Tom Thorpe in that role instead.

Bolton fans, how happy are you with the result? Rotherham fans, do you agree that Redfearn got his tactics wrong? Let us know in the comments below!


17, work for Youth Football Scotland and write for Football League World. Rotherham United fan. Contact me @ rafie.thompson@gmail.com Twitter: @rafiethompson

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