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Wilson on Bolton Clash

10 April 2014

Reds Manager Danny Wilson called for his side to find their creative spark ahead of Saturday’s Sky bet Championship match at Bolton Wanderers.

Having lost narrowly to Premier League-bound Burnley on Tuesday night, Wilson wants his side to replicate their away form from the last two matches.

“I don’t think the lads did a great deal wrong in the game,” reflected Wilson.

“The creative side that was in our game wasn’t there, but you have to look at how well Burnley did in their department. They really did press us. They’ve been doing it all season.

“From that point of view I can’t be too critical of our lads.

“We can work on our creative side - which we will do.”

Wilson welcomes Kelvin Etuhu back to the squad after his one-match suspension, whilst Martin Cranie is ‘touch and go’ after recovering from a hamstring tear, but Liam Lawrence should have recovered from a slight calf injury.

“I like to think Liam (Lawrence) will be fit,” added Wilson. “Kelvin is back which is great from our point of view. That adds to our squad from Tuesday so that’s a nice problem to have.

“The dressing room’s been fine because we’ve got a hell of a lot to play for. The one thing we can’t allow to happen is let our heads go down. We have to make sure the belief is there like it was before.

“There’s still 18 points to play for. If you relax now thinking it’s all over, you can come to regret it.

“Things will happen and take twists and turns as we head into the final stretch of the season.”

Saturday’s opposition Bolton sit 14th in the league, with no real threat of relegation or possibility of promotion.

“Bolton being virtually safe after their win at Doncaster was a big bonus for them,” added Wilson. “I’m sure they’ll want to finish on a high and finish as high as they possibly can. There’ll be a freedom in their play which can be dangerous.

“Going to the Reebok on Saturday, they’ve had some indifferent results – similar to our results. But we go there full of confidence.

“The expectation levels are sky high, they’ve still got a lot of players there earning Premiership money.

“To not be challenging in a top six is a blow to them. They’ll try their level best to finish as high as they can but that’s not my concern. My concern is to get three points on Saturday.”

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