Upsets are so refreshing – Ricketts

None of the traditional ‘big four’ managed a victory last weekend.

While the defeat of champions Chelsea at Manchester City could not

be ranked as a seismic event given the huge amount of cash the

Eastlands outfit have spent, it still robbed Carlo Ancelotti’s men

of their 100% record. In addition, Liverpool failed to overcome

Sunderland at Anfield, Manchester United were forced to come from

behind twice to claim a point at Bolton, while, most surprisingly

of all, Arsenal lost to West Brom at the Emirates Stadium. Now it

is Bolton’s turn to take on the sixth-placed Baggies, with Ricketts

feeling fresh impetus has been injected into the season due to

those unexpected turn of events. “Last weekend did the league

good,” he said. “Those results have opened it up. It is not just

the dominant four winning every week. You have five or six teams

trying to get into the top four and sides like ourselves are giving

the bigger teams a better test than what we have done before. “You

would never have said West Brom would beat Arsenal. With both sides

playing football you would think there could only be one outcome.

“But that is what makes the league so exciting.” Although Bolton

have only won once this season, they have also just suffered a

single defeat, and that came in controversial circumstances. That

they have adopted a rather more flowing style of football under

Owen Coyle means they are getting plaudits to go with those

positive results as well. Not that Ricketts cares about that. “I

can’t say I am too fussed about whether we get any more credit or

not,” said the Wales international. “Maybe the way we are playing

is more pleasing on the eye but we just want to get results.” The

29-year-old will come under renewed pressure for his place on

Saturday given Gary Cahill is returning from a three-match ban.

Normally a full-back, Ricketts was outstanding alongside Zat Knight

in the centre of defence for Bolton at the weekend, offering a

glimpse of the flexibility he enjoys so much. “I played in the

central a couple of times at youth level and when I was with

Telford in the Conference,” he said. “I like it. Naturally I am a

defensive-minded player so it suits me well. “It is a different

challenge and more of a mind game against your opponent than it

tends to be at full-back.”