We all sincerely hope that Saturday's win against Bristol City wasn't a false dawn for Bolton Wanderers. The Whites now travel to Molineux to face a much tougher test against partners in the Premier League drop, Wolves.
If we're not mistaken, the last time Bolton Wanderers came back from 2-0 down to rescue at least a point, prior to Saturday's win, was November 27, 2010. The match was a thrilling encounter at the Reebok Stadium against Blackpool. In that match, Bolton went down two goals early thanks to Ian Evatt and Luke Varney before Martin Petrov pulled one back 14 minutes from time and Mark Davies finished off a brilliant team goal at the death to give Bolton a point.
Every single Bolton fan hopes that Tuesday's match at Molineux against Wolverhampton Wanderers will be the continuation of something special, something that we had not seen from Bolton Wanderers in some time. That something is the fight and desire to be ruthless, to not let the other team into the match.
It's a short turnaround from Saturday but Jimmy Phillips, Sammy Lee, and Julian Darby have to shore up Bolton's defense quite a bit ahead of high-flying Wolves. The other Wanderers side find themselves in fifth place, five points clear of Bolton Wanderers. Wolves have won five of their last eight but have lost two of their last three and are coming straight off a loss to Huddersfield Town last weekend.
Bolton have not been doing much better as of late, having gained only four points from the last four games with two losses in that stretch. The Whites, however, do not have any fresh injury concerns looking forward to Wolves with Andy Lonergan's knee still bothering him. Jay Lynch will once again take his place on the bench. Speaking prior to the match, Jimmy Phillips discussed the individualized training for the players:
"There's no injuries, just some tired legs. We're just using all the medical staff that are available to make sure that the players are in tip-top condition for the game on Tuesday.
"That will be rest for some, it will be training for others. That's where we'll individualise players' training needs to suit where their bodies are because, as we know, some of our players are older than the rest of the squad and they need looking after to make sure they're 100 per cent ready for selection on Tuesday."
Elsewhere, Wolves will welcome back Karl Henry to their starting XI after he served a yellow card accumulation ban as Wolves lost to Huddersfield. Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has returned to full training with his club after a long injury lay-off but will not feature against Bolton.
All time, in all competitions, Wolves have the upper hand, having taken 54 wins to Bolton's 52 in the previous 130 meetings between the clubs. Bolton have also had their issues on the road this season, allowing 10 goals while scoring only five and picking up just the one win (against Sheffield Wednesday). Wolves have only allowed five goals in five games at home, and have picked up 10 points of a possible 15 at Molineux.