Keith Hill insists Bolton Wanderers won't be 'intimidated' by Sunderland - and reveals whether they are the biggest club in League One

Keith Hill insists his Bolton Wanderers side won’t be ‘intimidated’ by Sunderland - having hinted the Black Cats may not be the biggest side in League One.

Friday, 20th September 2019, 2:51 pm
Keith Hill has discussed Sunderland's status as the biggest club in League One

Bolton are yet to rack-up a win this season after a turbulent summer, which saw them forced to play a team full of youth scholars during the early weeks of the campaign.

And with performances having improved since the arrival of Hill, the Wanderers’ chief insists his side won’t be intimidated by Sunderland.

“I have never been intimidated – I certainly can’t remember being,” he said.

“Sunderland are a good outfit and I have a lot of respect for Jack [Ross, manager] but my players will reflect the fact we are sending them out there to reflect the needs of the supporters and the instructions of myself and Flicker.

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“We have to represent our values against Sunderland.

“We will try and build more blocks after the Oxford result over the next few days going into Saturday.”

The visit of Jack Ross’ side will arguably be one of the biggest tests Bolton will face this term - with 4,000 Sunderland fans set to make the journey to the North West.

But despite that stunning support, Hill wouldn’t be drawn on whether the Black Cats were the biggest side in the league.

“There are big clubs in this league – and we are one of them – but there’s no getting around the fact Sunderland are up there.

“I couldn’t say who is the biggest club in League One.”