Jimmy Phillips eager for comeback triumph to boost Bolton Wanderers ahead of Wolves visit

By Alex Bysouth

Interim boss Jimmy Phillips believes if Bolton Wanderers carry on implementing his new ideas they can pick up a win at Molineux against Wolves tomorrow.

The Trotters are looking for their third successive away win over Wolves and Phillips is feeling confident after taking time to analyse the statistics of Saturdays 3-2 comeback against Bristol City.

Phillips was pleased with the performance despite his side starting poorly and believes the players can maintain the high standard they have now set themselves.

“I think it’s been a long time since the team has come back from 2-0 down, like we did on Saturday,” he told the club website.

“The confidence came back to the players in the second half. The players stuck to the principles and when we were 2-0 down I was actually thinking that they are playing well and getting the ball down and moving it out from the back, like we had asked them to.

“We know we have to brush up on our defence and improve that to make us more resilient because coming from 2-0 down isn’t going to happen every week.”

Phillips has an eye for a stat and was pleased with the way his players took to the new methods, but also how much the crowd got behind the team.

“I think the crowd really enjoyed the comeback and recognised that we were trying to play football. They were very supportive of the team and the players appreciated that,” he said.

“I had confidence going into the game because of all the training we had done with the players had been of a first-class nature. All the work that Sammy and Julian had done, along with efforts the support of the support staff, meant that the players had as much information as possible.

“The principles we instilled in them, through video and on the training ground, proved very effective. We knew that would be the case because we have used them before as coaches.

“The previous total passes in a match were around the 350 mark. On Saturday, the team made 450 passes with an 84 percent success rate.

“Jay Spearing and Mark Davies were our top two receivers of the ball and they started off a lot of our forward play – it was exactly the role and responsibilities we gave them.

“They stayed in the midfield area, stretched the play from side to side and Jay timed his run to perfection for his goal.”

Bolton head into Tuesday’s game with no fresh injury concerns and a win could send them into the top half of the table and closer to an all-important promotion spot.

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