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Keith Hill's pre match Bolton thoughts

22 January 2021

Keith Hill knows what to expect when his Tranmere Rovers side host Bolton Wanderers at Prenton Park in League Two on Saturday afternoon.

Rovers will be hoping to secure the double over Wanderers having won 3-0 away at the University of Bolton Stadium before Christmas.

Hill’s men are four points from the Play-Offs with a game in hand and after returning to winning ways in Tuesday’s home triumph against Forest Green Rovers, the manager is fully aware of what Bolton will bring.

Hill said: “We know what to expect and their team selection could change, but we know the style which they play.

“It is a different game, and we have played a lot of games since we last played them. We know the style in which they play with the formation that Ian Evatt is playing with the players that he has available.

“If you look at the past 10 or 12 games, we have collected 22 points. The first 10 games of the season were very difficult and there was a change of manager.

“The reality is, we are in transition as a Football Club. We are on an upward curve and we want to keep being on an upward curve.

“We want back-to-back victories but that is not going to define our season. I want performances and I’m trying to build.

“I want a team that enjoys playing without the ball, who do the necessary spade work, the hard-runners, the tackling and the heading.

“I know that we can play good football and the physical side of the game is tackling, heading, tracking runners, regaining the ball in and out of possession and you can take away all the technical performance, I was really pleased with that aspect on Tuesday.

“I’m happy to keep going game to game and insisting on an identity on how I want to play, and if we get that on a regular basis, I know that we can get positive results.”

Hill provided an update on his squad selection issues for the visit of Bolton.

“We are around about the same as we were for Tuesday night, so we have to be happy to utilise the players that we have available and every manager up and down the country is dealing with the same difficulties.

“Liam Ridehalgh isn’t fit. He had an impact injury to his ribs and that was at Barnsley. I thought he was an exceptional player at Barnsley for us, but unfortunately, we have missed him since.”

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