One look at the league table will tell you that Bolton have very little to play for next Saturday. They aint going down and the league doesn't offer them a route into Europe either. But 8 days later, the club has an FA Cup Semifinal to play at Wembley. Tell me, are they going to be 100% up for a meaningless league game when glory beckons?
No West Ham fan needs telling that Bolton are a bogey team - and have been ever since 1923 when 126,000 and a white horse saw us pummelled by the flat cap thugs! But we are overdue a win - way overdue a win - and we will surely never have a better chance than next Saturday.
If we lose, there is a real danger that we will become detached at the bottom and get that dreadful sinking feeling. If we can win, confidence should surge again ahead of the crucial home game against Villa.