Keith Hill backs Bolton to mount serious challenge to avoid relegation



Posted Tuesday, October 08, 2019 by PA

Keith Hill backs Bolton to mount serious challenge to avoid relegation

Keith Hill saw his side achieve a third successive Sky Bet League One home draw and backed his team to mount a serious challenge to avoid relegation.

Wanderers are 17 points away from safety and Hill still has to win since replacing Phil Parkinson as manager.

But the former Rochdale boss said: “I think we could be a very good League One side.

“We have to be more productive in front of goal, definitely. But I was encouraged by the performance even though we are picking up too many injuries.

“The League is still alive while we are playing catch-up. But we have run a good side in Blackpool all the way.

“I am pleased with a certain part of the product and enjoying watching us grow.

“I don’t see any pressures in this job as ‘must get results.’ People have written us off already but there are still 102 points available.

“And I am confident we can pick up points from that total because of the structure we have got now.

“It is important we try and keep that going for as long as we can.

“We are creating an identity; a style of play and we have young players we believe fit into certain components the way we want to play.”

Hill, already unavailable to select Will Buckley because of a fractured patella, lost skipper Liam Bridcutt to a suspected fractured collar bone in the first half.

Opposite number Simon Grayson suggested a draw was a fair result.

“If you are a manager coming away from home, you are pleased you have got a point and a clean sheet,” he said.

“The shape of our team out of possession was really good because they have players who can hurt you.

“But it is when you get to the top end of the pitch when it really matters.

“We just didn’t have enough quality and possess enough threats to go and get a winner.

“We said to our players this was going to be our hardest game of the season because of what Bolton are trying to build and the results they have.

“They have drawn with Oxford, drawn with Sunderland and should have beaten Portsmouth the other week.

“We would love to have played them a month ago because teams in and around us have had a free hit.

“We did a lot of things right but the most important thing is to try and score goals and we didn’t ask enough questions.”

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