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Bolton Ready For ‘Relentless’ Schedule

Defender looks ahead to facing his former club

14 February 2020

James Bolton
Photo: Daniel Chesterton

It is a hectic schedule that will surely test the limits of the Pompey squad.

Rearranged League One fixtures, combined with FA Cup and Leasing.com Trophy progress, means they are currently on an exhausting run of 12 games in 43 days.

But James Bolton is looking forward to what could be a defining stage of the season, with promotion the ultimate goal.

And he was delighted to play a part in the recent record-breaking tally of nine successive victories in all competitions.

The right-back said: “To have a big role in a winning team has been massive and so of course I’ve enjoyed this recent run in the side.

“It was amazing to be part of that record at such a big club – you always want to help create a little bit of history.

"You glance at the schedule and it’s relentless, but that’s why you have tough pre-seasons and spend a bit longer in the gym."

James Bolton

“The defeat on Tuesday hurt us, although the games are coming thick and fast now, so you can’t look back.

“You glance at the schedule and it’s relentless, but that’s why you have tough pre-seasons and spend a bit longer in the gym.

“We have to relish it and look forward to the games because promotion is wide open for a lot of teams.

“Getting into the Championship would be a big achievement for me personally and it would be massive for the whole squad.”

Bolton spent two years at Saturday’s Fratton visitors Shrewsbury before joining the Blues last summer.

But he injured his ankle when the Blues lost to his former club on the opening day of the season and is hoping for a better outcome this time.

The 25-year-old said: “It’s always nice to see a few familiar faces, but I’m fully focused on trying to get all three points for Pompey.

“The start for me obviously wasn’t ideal, but a lot has happened since then and that’s all out of my mind now.”


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