Adam Bog­dan be­lieves good times will re­turn to the Ree­bok next sea­son

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Chris Dunlavy Adam Bog­dan was speak­ing on be­half of Cap­i­tal One, credit card com­pany and spon­sor of the Foot­ball League. For more in­for­ma­tion on the win­ners of their ‘Grounds for Im­prove­ment’ cam­paign visit www.face­­i­talOneUK

BOLTON keeper Adam Bog­dan has promised that next year the Trot­ters will be more than half­sea­son won­ders.

Highly fan­cied in Au­gust, Bolton failed to win any of their first 11 games, briefly sink­ing to the foot of the Cham­pi­onship be­fore a post-Christ­mas re­vival saw them fin­ish 14th.

And it was a case of déjà vu all over again for Ree­bok reg­u­lars, who saw their side do ex­actly the same thing last sea­son.

The stats speak for them­selves; if you take the fi­nal 23 games of 2012-13 and 2013-14, Bolton would have had 73 points – enough to claim the fi­nal play-off berth in each of those sea­sons.

In­stead, they are fac­ing a third straight sea­son in the sec­ond tier with Bog­dan de­ter­mined to avoid an­other slug­gish start.

“Last year was bad. This year was worse. Next sea­son, our start has to be bet­ter,” said the 26-year-old Hun­gar­ian.

“We didn’t pick up any wins for a long, long while and when that hap­pens it does be­come about con­fi­dence.

“We had loads of draws, which doesn’t re­ally take you any­where in the league. We had nar­row de­feats. Over­all, there wasn’t too much wrong with the way we played. But we couldn’t score, we’d miss an open goal or a penalty.

“In a tight league where the mar­gins are so nar­row, you have to be spot on and to­tally con­fi­dent in the way you play. In the be­gin­ning of the sea­son, it wasn’t like that. But sud­denly you win, then you win again and again and it all changes.


“The prob­lem is that we started too late. But you can’t do any­thing about it now.You can’t dwell on it.

“All you can do is keep try­ing to put it right and, in the end, it looks like we got the com­po­nents to­gether. We were win­ning games, not los­ing many. It meant we were able to fin­ish – I don’t want to say on a high – but at least with a bet­ter taste in our mouths.

“Un­for­tu­nately, we ran out of time but we need to take that con­fi­dence into next sea­son and make sure we give our­selves a shot at the play-offs.”

Rel­e­gated from the Pre­mier League af­ter 12 years in 2012, the Trot­ters have para­chute pay­ments and plenty of play­ers with top-flight ex­pe­ri­ence.

With those ad­van­tages come high ex­pec­ta­tions, but Bog­dan says pres­sure is no ex­cuse for fail­ing to launch a pro­mo­tion bid.

“Yes ex­pec­ta­tions are high,” he added. “Even more so in the first sea­son be­cause people al­ways want to beat the Pre­mier Le­gaue team.

“Of course, when people come to the Ree­bok they still want to raise their game. But I don’t think we can blame any­thing on that. It’s about us – what can we change and do bet­ter?

“We’ve had to deal with our prob­lems but it’s time for some pos­i­tive think­ing at the club again.”

And Bog­dan, the club’s player for the year in 2012, has an ex­tra in­cen­tive for reach­ing the top flight – adding to his 18 caps for Hun­gary.

“The na­tional team is al­ways chang­ing,” added Bog­dan, who has made 94 ap­pear­ances for the Trot­ters since join­ing in 2007.

“And the way we change our man­agers, there’s no such thing as first choice. It’s just who­ever he fan­cies at that point. But over the last few years I have been the reg­u­lar keeper. It’s a great hon­our. Hun­gary used to be a very fa­mous coun­try for foot­ball. In my time, grow­ing up, not so much. We didn’t re­ally have much to cheer for.

“But ev­ery qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign you al­ways think ‘Yeah, we’re go­ing to get to the World Cup or the Eu­ros’. We’ve come close a cou­ple of times now and I would love to be there when we fi­nally make it back.”

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