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Feed forwards and get on front foot, urges Whites legend McGinlay

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
John McGinlay reckons Wanderers must improve the supply line to their strikers if they are going to get back to winning ways in the league at Bristol City tomorrow.

After an exciting cup departure last weekend, Phil Parkinson’s side resume their fight to stay in the Championship at Ashton Gate.

And the former Scotland international believes the Walsall result showed a simple way in which Bolton could help themselves.

“Strikers want to attack the ball,” he told The Bolton News. “In the second half against Walsall, Craig Noone went over to the left and looked more natural.

“He was putting in crosses three-four seconds earlier and giving Josh Magennis and Clayton Donaldson a chance to get a yard on their defender.

“When you play a winger on the opposite side they are used to, their natural instinct is to come inside.

“That might be okay if they are getting a shot away, but they aren’t. And it just means the cross is coming in late, and the defender has all the time in the world to clear it.”

McGinlay expects Parkinson to revert to a one-man attack against Bristol City.

“I understand away from home you’d look to keep things tight, keep yourself in the game” he said. “But at home, come on. You should be on the front foot.

“Looking at us from the outside, it seems we are too respectful of the other team.

“They look frightened.

“Teams turn up, get through the first 10-15 minutes and think ‘this is okay’ let’s push out. We end up looking like the away team.”


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