A note from the Chairman

As taken from his Rochdale programme notes, Ken Anderson addresses the club's fans

I cannot tell you just how good it feels to be back talking about matters on the pitch as opposed to happenings behind the scenes.

Saturday’s result was long overdue and hopefully it will prove to be the start of another winning run to help us kick on and secure one of those two automatic promotion spots. 

Generally speaking, other results also went our way with the exception of Sheffield United who yet again got a late winner. 

As I have said many times now, every game in this league is difficult and results never cease to surprise me, whether it's ours or the teams around us. 

The key now is to try and get another winning run going and focus on us doing what we need to do and let the other results take care of themselves. 

The attendance against Walsall was another excellent turn out and I thought everyone got behind the team and the level of noise from our supporters certainly is getting louder at every game.

There is no doubt that it inspired the players to come from a goal down to give a performance for everyone to be proud of and one which sets us up nicely for tomorrow night's game.

The most pleasing thing about Saturday’s performance was the positive attacking movement from the team and it was clear for everyone to see that the new recruits will give us many more goal scoring opportunities from all over the pitch. 

Gary Madine now has players around him that will take full advantage of his knock-downs and holding up of play and I honestly believe that all the hard work and graft he puts in, week in week out, will now start producing more goals not only for him, but also the others around him. 

Whilst I don't like singling out players as I think it's all about the team performance, I do feel that I have to mention the impact that our new signings can give to us.

Filipe Morais has already played in two different positions since he arrived, giving us the opportunity to play different formations at a vital time in the season. 

Derik Osede, a fan favourite, is also showing his value to us in multiple situations and his work in numerous positions will be telling all the way to the end of the campaign.

With Chris Long hitting the ground running at MK Dons where he was unlucky not to score on his debut, it was so pleasing to see him score such an incredible strike to announce himself to the home fans properly.

Alfie meanwhile has come “home” and will be a vital part in our push to get the goals needed to gain automatic promotion. That said, it was a very positive display once again from our defence and apart from their well taken early goal, they didn't really trouble our keeper much after that. 

I know that I have mentioned this on numerous occasions, but I hope that many of you have taken us up on our special Super 7 ticket offer which ends prior to tomorrow night's game against Rochdale.

For more information, please contact Bolton Central on 0844 871 2932 or visit the club's online ticket website which can be found here.

With only seven home and ten away games until the end of the season, your support really is vital and will play a huge part in getting us over the line and hopefully back into the Championship. 

We have also reduced the price of our adult home and away shirts to just £19.99 whilst there are special offers on children’s kits. Please visit Bolton Central in person or buy online by going to www.bwfcdirect.co.uk.

I look forward to seeing you and your friends, family and colleagues back at Macron Stadium tomorrow. As always, let’s be loud, let’s be proud and let’s get behind the team.

Kind regards.

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