SHEFFIELD Wednesday skipper Martin Taylor reckons the financial pressure on Wanderers to succeed this season could be to blame for their early season jitters.
The Owls defender, who gained promotion from the Championship with Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City earlier in his career, knows all about the strains involved in being the bookmakers’ favourites.
But he will be out to exploit the Whites’ apparent vulnerability this afternoon at Hillsborough as Dave Jones’s side try to gain their own measure of consistency after an indifferent start.
“They’re a quality side just out of the Premier League and it’s going to be difficult for us, but if there’s a game where you’d want to turn around a run of results, it’s this one,” he said.
“They want to go back up at the first attempt.
“There’s money pressure for a club like Bolton.
“I’ve been in that position before: you have to use that parachute money wisely; as soon as it’s gone, it’s going to be difficult.
“There’s massive pressure on them. They haven’t started so well. but they’ve got quality players. They’ve got the crux of the squad they had last year. We have to be very careful of their dangers.”
Owls boss Dave Jones reckons Wanderers’ instability presents a chance for his side to claim a scalp.
“They’re having a bit of a rough time trying to adjust to the Championship,” he said.
“We’re at home and it’s an opportunity for us.
“We’ve come up and are trying to adjust in a different way, Their wage bill is probably four or five times the size of ours.”