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WHITNEY: WE BELIEVE WE CAN BEAT BOLTON

10 February 2017

Boss says his players are in confident mood...

Jon Whitney is confident we can continue our good form when we visit promotion-chasing Bolton tomorrow. 

We extended our unbeaten run to five matches with a dramatic 2-1 comeback win over struggling Northampton last week – a result which moved us to within four points of the play-offs. 

Phil Parkinson’s Wanderers sit third but are winless in four, having lost their last two at home. 

And Whitney says his players will travel to the Macron Stadium full of confidence and hopeful of recording another positive result. 

“We have to go there believing we can beat them and I truly believe we can,” said Whitney. 

“They have made a lot of changes since we last met and Phil has got a team in transition. He is a really good manager who knows how to win games in this league, and he will set up his team right. 

“It will be a tough test. We are not naive enough to think we can go there and just play our football - we are going to have to battle. 

“We have to match their energy and keep the crowd quiet – and if we do that we have a chance. 

“It’s probably down as a home win on most coupons but we know they are beatable. They have lost their last two home games, and we have a physiological edge having beaten them at home. 

“We are not going to fear Bolton, but I don’t think we fear anyone at the moment. 

“The way we are playing, we can cause problems and we know that if we fall behind in games we can still come back and win. 

“It’s great when you are on a run and confidence is high. Momentum is the key and we have got that.” 

Whitney confirmed that homegrown midfielder Reece Flanagan dislocated his shoulder in Wednesday's 5-0 Development Squad victory at Morecambe. 

The 22-year-old, who has not played this season after rupturing his ACL last April, will see a specialist next week to discover the extent of the damage.

"It's a bit of a dampener," Whitney added. "He is seeing a specialist next week because he has done it before, and we need to see if he needs an operation. 

"But he is still in good spirits and at least it wasn’t his knee - that is a positive. 

"It may be a blessing in disguise because it gives him more time with his knee, and even if he does need an operation, he will be ready for pre-season. 

"It means he won’t be back this year but he will be fit and raring to go next season. He can relax a little bit and come back even stronger."

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