This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Regular Punter’ series, where we gather original opinions from select, passionate fans of the clubs concerned on matters surrounding their team and share them with a wider audience…
Bolton Wanderers moved into positive points for the first time this season as they beat MK Dons 1-0 with a last-gasp winner to spark jubilant scenes among the club’s supporters.
Daryl Murphy scored that late goal, which made up for his penalty miss earlier in the game as Keith Hill’s side move to within just four points of Southend United.
Football League World’s Bolton fan pundit Lewis Cowell issued his thoughts on Murphy’s performance in the win, and wasn’t best pleased with the experienced Irishman despite his late winner.
“Daryl Murphy’s performance at the weekend wasn’t the best since he’s been at the club. He linked up well with the wide players and held the ball up well but he never really created a real chance or got into a position where he would’ve been a threat.
“I think he is a fantastic player and in front of goal he can be dangerous, but I just don’t think he was threatening enough up front this weekend.”
The regular punter went on to admit that this goal could give the former Nottingham Forest striker a confidence boost heading into the festive period.
“This game will definitely be a confidence booster for him especially going into a big game next week where we will be looking to take all three points. As I mentioned, he is dangerous when he gets the ball in front of goal but he just needs to get into more dangerous positions this weekend at Accrington.
“I think a late goal is a confidence booster for anyone but given the circumstances getting us onto positive points, it will make him feel great and will motivate him to do the same next week to push us towards safety.”
Cowell went on to admit that he is confident that his side can survive in League One this term, despite still being () points adrift of safety in the third tier.
“I personally believe that Bolton can and will survive League One this season. We’re head and shoulders above the majority of teams in this league and we’ve proved that with our current form.
“We have strong players in every position and we have the squad depth to cover these players in the event of injuries as we have done early this season. I firmly believe that we are in a very good potion, not just to stay up but to work our way up the table towards the top 15.”
Bolton are next in action when they take on Accrington Stanley on Saturday, in a game where they’ll be hoping to close the gap on their relegation rivals.