Despite their awful start to the season and the fact top scorer Gary Madine left at the end of January, Bolton look as though they will be able to put up a good fight for survival.
For that, Phil Parkinson deserves huge credit as he has had to overcome several major issues this season to create a competitive squad.
However, there is another problem that the Trotters boss will have to address if Bolton are to extend their stay in the Championship and that is their away record.
Parkinson’s men have only recorded one win on their travels so far this season and have collected 21 of their 29 points at the Macron Stadium.
It means they have the worst away record in the division and that will surely have to change if Bolton are to beat the drop, with successive away games against Cardiff and QPR coming up in the next seven days.
Of course, the ex-Bradford boss will be extremely aware of their struggles and he will be worried at the convincing way they’ve lost many away games.
As well as that, nine goals scored away from home highlights the clear problem have and maybe that lies with Parkinson not showing enough adventure.
It’s understandable that he wants his side to sit back and soak up pressure but there needs to be a balance and it hasn’t happened so far this season. Even their solitary win at Sheffield United saw Bolton hang on for the points.
The 3-5-2 formation that has been recently used by Parkinson may be the answer although a lot will depend on the mentality of the wing-backs as it’s important to offer an attacking threat.
Bolton could still survive this season and if they do Parkinson has done a miraculous job but if their away form doesn’t pick up then it could go down to the wire.
Thoughts, Bolton fans? What would you suggest to improve your away form? Let us know in the comments below.
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