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A note from the Chairman

15 March 2017

Chairman Ken Anderson addresses the club's fans following Tuesday's win over Gillingham

They say a week is a long time in politics and the same can also be said of football.
 
At this stage of the season, games come thick and fast and you almost barely have time to breathe. That said, the way the players have conducted themselves over the past two games has been faultless.
 
There was a bit of pressure and concern from some quarters going into the Fleetwood Town game last Saturday. The fact that we hadn’t won on our travels since November was playing heavy on our minds but performances had picked up and, as I have said previously, we took great heart in our displays against Bristol Rovers and AFC Wimbledon at Macron Stadium.
 
The win and performance at Fleetwood was exceptional and to follow that up just several days later at Gillingham with another solid display and result is a testament to the talent and indomitable spirit that is so prevalent within the squad.
 
The travelling support at each of these games also underlines the passion that Wanderers supporters have for the team and we want to ensure that this remains for the rest of the campaign, especially with six of our remaining games being away from home.
 
We have ten cup finals coming up and our destiny is still in our own hands. At this stage of the season we cannot ask for any more.
 
The players are playing with a real edge and are in supreme confidence. Adam Le Fondre’s three goals in his last two matches are a fitting reward for the hard work he has put in since arriving in January.
 
Goals are also being shared among the team too and with the two centre backs, David Wheater and Mark Beevers, on the goal trail we look a threat every time we go forward as well as looking solid at the back.
 
But special praise must also go to Filipe Morais who is attracting a lot of favourable headlines with his performances. He has now made a startling seven assists in the last two games and last night at Gillingham he became the first Football League player this season to be directly involved in four goals in the same game.
 
He has made a huge difference to the way we play since he came on board and he will only have more impact as the season continues.
 
Darren Pratley’s return to action after such a lengthy lay-off has been phenomenal. Normally, players would need plenty of time and action with the Under-23s to get their match sharpness back. 

However, Darren – in the past two games – has put in performances which suggest that he hasn’t been away! Credit must be given to our medical department and to Darren himself. Having your captain back at such a crucial stage is a tremendous fillip.
 
It’s a very exciting time to be following Bolton Wanderers and with your continued support I am very confident that we’ll achieve our goal of promotion back to the Sky Bet Championship.
 
Northampton Town are the visitors on Saturday and while I know the manager won’t let the players get complacent, we want you to make Macron Stadium a fortress. We’ve got some great momentum on and off the pitch and if we can maintain this intensity and keep our focus, our dreams will come true.
 
Tickets are available now to buy and we’ve already noticed an increase in demand for our final home games. CLICK HERE to buy your tickets today.
 
I hope to see you on Saturday for what we hope will be another formidable performance.
 
Let’s be loud, let’s be proud and let’s get behind the team.

Kind regards,

Ken

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