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Jamie Mackie's view on Bolton Wanderers' play-off hopes

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karlypants

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EFL pundit Jamie Mackie reckons Wanderers have given themselves too much to do as they bid to make a late play-off push.

The Whites are eight points off the top six with seven games still to play following yesterday’s 1-0 win at relegation-threatened Crewe.

Ian Evatt’s men closed the gap on several sides above them, with the likes of Sheffield Wednesday, Sunderland, Ipswich and Portsmouth all dropping points.

But Mackie, a former Scottish international, feels there are still too many sides between Wanderers and the play-off places heading into the final weeks of the season.

Speaking on EFL on Quest, he said: “Bolton have got Wigan, Pompey, Sheffield Wednesday coming up soon.

“I think there are too many good teams above them, it’s really competitive.

“(Amadou) Bakayoko came off the bench, he likes a late goal. But I think they’ve probably left themselves a little bit too much to do.”

Bakayoko’s late winner means the forward’s last five goals have come in the final seven minutes of games.

Mackie has been impressed with the former Coventry man and insists he is pushing for a place in Evatt’s starting XI.

He added: “He’s an impact player. He’ll be happy that he’s scoring goals and he’ll be pushing to start."

Wanderers are back in action on Saturday, April 2 when they head to the DW Stadium to take on Wigan.

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wanderlust

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What play off hopes?

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