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Tactical discipline away from home key to Bolton Wanderers play-off bid, says Spanish star Marcos Alonso

By John McDougall

Marauding Spanish fullback Marcos Alonso feels Bolton Wanderers’ surge up the Championship table is down to working hard on their tactical discipline.

The Trotters are on an eight-game unbeaten run – winning their last five – that has brought them to within three points of the play-offs.

And former Real Madrid trainee Alonso wants the Whites to keep their momentum going ahead of the weekend visit to Portman Road to play struggling Ipswich Town.

“We are working well together and working hard on our tactical play, we look solid and that is why we are keeping clean sheets and winning games,” he told Bolton’s official website.

“It is important that we keep the momentum going and get another three points at Ipswich on Saturday.

“It is always difficult when you play away from home in the Championship but we have learned a lot from the beginning of the season and we travel to Ipswich full of optimism.”

The 22-year-old is part of a defence that has kept three clean sheets in their last four games and are unbeaten since the loss to Watford in early February.

Shot-stopper Andy Lonergan has deputised for the injured Adam Bogdan in Wanderers’ last two games and feels the Reebok Stadium dressing room’s togetherness stands them in good stead.

“When I came here what struck me was how nice and friendly a dressing room it was. There is not one ego and that is fantastic,” said the former Leeds United man.

“You just don’t get that anywhere. This is a great squad and the wins will bring us closer together I’m sure.

“With the run we’re on, you don’t want to let the lads down but hopefully I’ve done alright for them and we’ll be able to get a third clean sheet in a row.”

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