Bolton Wanderers haven't had the best of starts to the season with just five points gathered from their opening eight games. However their performance against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday will give them some hope.
They lost 2-1 to Jose Mourinho's side but it was a display with plenty of positives particularly Andy Lonergan's showing in goal. The former Preston North End and Leeds United 'keeper made a number of great stops to keep out the efforts from Chelsea's superstars. One save in particular from an Andrea Schurrle free-kick reminded us exactly why Lonergan was once tipped for England.
Lonergan did play in the Under-20 World Cup for England, and will now be hoping Dougie Freedman puts his faith in him for The Trotters game against Derby County at home. His competition comes from Adam Bogdan and Paddy Kenny who both have plenty of Championship games under their belts.
Kenny arrived recently on a free transfer and he was the man to replace Lonergan as number one at Leeds United just a couple of years ago. He is the most experienced of the trio but is out of match practice. Bogdan and Lonergan have been switched around throughout Freedman's reign but after Lonergan's display against Chelsea, he deserves another chance, and will be full of confidence.
Lonergan has played in seven games this season whilst Bogdan has featured in five and has been hindered by injury. Freedman needs to settle on his first choice though, but with such a great selection to choose from it is always going to be hard to leave one out of the match day squad.
The 'keepers will be able to push each other hard in training, and they will always prefer to have someone alongside them with experience and capable of taking their place in the side rather than a young player who will never really threaten them.
Freedman is under pressure at Bolton, and with the squad he has they should certainly be in the top half of the table. Their defence hasn't been too bad this season, but they do need a settled team. The main problem for Dougie has been the lack of goals up front, but Joe Mason has recently come into form and will be hoping he can start elevating the side up the table.