Bolton manager Phil Parkinson has warned Wanderers they may have to be patient against Norwich City this afternoon.
The Canaries are among the Championship’s strongest teams in possession – but have shown a weakness against counter-attacking opposition this season.
Parkinson admits his game-plan could be similar to that employed against Fulham at Craven Cottage, when he used the pace of Sammy Ameobi and Adam Armstrong to hit the Londoners on the break.
“If you are patient and when you win the ball back get that first pass off, these teams are open to be counter-attacked,” he said. “We’ve seen that this season.
“You have to be disciplined without the ball but also have quality to make those moments count when you get it back.”
Norwich have been stronger away from home this season and Parkinson believes part of the reason could be the Canaries’ patient possession brand of football.
“I think their home fans get quite frustrated keeping the ball in their own half and maybe that isn’t the case away from home, where the results have been better.
“It’s the same with Fulham. They have 70 per cent possession, which is good, but the fans want to see the ball in the back of the net. The majority aren’t concerned with how it gets there.”