It has been a brave effort from Bolton, in what has been one of the toughest, most punishing starts to the season they could possibly have imagined.
Indeed, the opener against QPR was something of a cruise, but the fixtures against Manchester City and Liverpool that followed always looked to be losing causes.
Sadly for them, things do not look to be getting any easier, as on Saturday they welcome none other than Manchester United to the Reebok Stadium.
United’s 8-2 hammering of Arsenal, prior to the international break, epitomised their rampant start to the campaign, as the sit top of the table, unbeaten and seemingly untouchable.
But Bolton are unlikely to roll over and be marched over in the same manner that Arsenal were two weeks ago – under Owen Coyle, this is a well drilled side that is heading in the right direction, unlike Arsene Wenger’s Gunners.
However, Bolton’s record against Manchester United is not one that will inspire the greatest of hope in the dressing room. Overall, the Reds have one 52, drawn 25, and lost 42 against the Trotters – but more worryingly, Saturday’s hosts have only won one of the last ten meetings between the sides.
It would be a massive feather in Coyle’s hat if he could get his side to take anything from this game – indeed; a defiant, hard-working and resilient performance will surely be enough to give him heart for the rest of the season.
For United, though, winning is essential – their nearest rivals, City are in equally destructive form right now, and most punters would probably argue that this season is looking like a two horse race already, with these two tearing apart everything that is being put in front of them right now.
Bolton must be careful not to be sucked up by it all, as they are a good side who will do well this season.
Right now, however, they must ride the storm that has been sent their way by the Premier League early on in this campaign.