Wimbledon v Bolton - Saturday 3pm
Phil Parkinson underlined his commitment to Bolton's League One campaign by making seven changes to his starting line-up for Tuesday’s Lancashire derby with Blackpool in the EFL Cup, a decision he had to defend in the wake of a frustrating 4-2 extra-time defeat.
And then he also underlined his commitment to pragmatic football by criticising the team he sent out at Bloomfield Road for being too picky and not direct enough in the final third. "Those little intricate goals in and around the penalty box are few and far between," he said. "We need a better ratio of shots on target. But we’ll get there.”
The opening day win over Sheffield United was typical Parkinson. A tight contest that produced only four shots on target in total was edged by Wanderers with a solitary long-range effort from Jay Spearing. At the back-end of last season, his Bradford side kept 12 clean sheets in the last 16 matches with seven of the last ten matches finishing under 1.5 goals.
On a tight, and sometimes bumpy Kingsmeadow pitch, against a manager in Neal Ardley who relishes pitting his wits against other sharp tactical minds, this has the makings of a rather dull contest. As well as low goals, there might also be some value in playing no goalscorer at 9/1.