Skip to main content

News

  • STALTERI ON STARTER
Subscribe to newsfeed 

STALTERI ON STARTER

Posted on 18 August 2006  - 12:00

Paul Stalteri believes the fixture computer could have come up with few tougher opening days tests than an opening day trip to Bolton Wanderers.

Paul Stalteri believes the fixture computer could have come up with few tougher opening days tests than an opening day trip to Bolton Wanderers.

We visit the Reebok Stadium for the 5.15 kick-off on Saturday and, should his name be inked in on the team sheet, the Canadian international said he is confident of overcoming his fragmented pre-season programme and ready to take up his position along the right flank.

"It wasn't the best," reflected the full-back on his pre-season. "It was going alright until I injured my ankle and was out for a few weeks. I haven't really played a big part in the games and I am a bit disappointed about that.

"With big schedule we've got coming up though, hopefully I can get right back into it. I'm a little bit lucky that I am naturally fit so I won't be hindered too much in the games, if I get the chance.

"Last season we did well at Bolton and outplayed them - they were a little bit lucky. If we can put on the same sort of performance with the same determination, I think our luck might change.

"It is a tough place to go on the first day of the season though.

"Everyone want to get off to a good start, hopefully we can do that to take us into our next games."

Paul went on to reason that our unbeaten pre-season record will only prove to be of value if a positive outcome is recorded in the North West.

"No-one has beaten us, but it doesn't count for too much come Saturday. If we get the right result there, then we can look back and say pre-season was perfect preparation.

"Bolton have proved over the last few year how good a side they are. It is a side who you have to be 100 per cent concentrated against or the ball will end up in the back of the net.

"They are a team of quality who will certainly end in the top six or eight when the season ends."