Allardyce: Bolton Should Have Played Doncaster

  • August 20, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's decision to postpone their league clash with Doncaster Rovers was the wrong call, in the opinion of former manager Sam Allardyce.

Wanderers drew criticism from Rovers and the EFL on Monday, when they went public with an announcement that the League One fixture would be called off - without prior consultation with either their opponents or the league body.

Allardyce, who took charge of the Trotters between 1999 and 2007, says the unexpected experience of playing first-team football should be of major benefit to young players and that focus will now inevitably shift back to the ongoing ownership issue at the University of Bolton Stadium.

"The levels of fatigue will be quite high because they are playing at a level they have never played before," Allardyce told talkSPORT.

"A crushing defeat at Tranmere would be mentally quite tough on them but when you have to grow as a player and a professional, things like this make you or break you and to stop them playing is a big blow for Bolton Wanderers, having overcome some real problems.

"It will put the focus back on them by not playing a fixture that they should have played and I think that is a real shame.

"They got a team on the pitch and they were playing and they got huge praise for the draw they got at home against Coventry, 0-0.

"When you have got the opportunity to play first-team football, which they never expected, then it would make them stronger and better players much, much quicker by this experience, even though it was a bad one.

"If they had enough players they should play the game, if they didn't have enough players then that is a different story.

"The welfare of what is my concern. There are mental strains but that is what you have to conquer as a footballer and if you are good enough you're old enough."

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