Date: 25th April 2010 at 3:07pm
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Before long Bolton Wanderers will be peddling season tickets. When that weighty envelope drops onto the doormat, fans will do well to think of the second half performance against Portsmouth, before they think of parting with hard earned cash.

Owen Coyle`s side looked to be going on to a comfortable victory in the first half with goals from Ivan Klasnic and Kevin Davies, but after the half-time interval, a mixture of lethargy and incompetence let Pompey back into the game and they could even have gone on to win.

In a familiar scenario, Jack Wilshere went face down after losing possession and Michael Brown sent John Utaka away. He found Frederic Piquionne who crossed for Aruna Dindane to finish the move, with Jussi Jaakelainen helpfully diving out of the way.

Fifteen minutes later and the visitors were level. The Chuckle Brothers, aka Zat Knight and Gary Cahill failed in turn to control a bouncing ball and Utaka (who saves his best performances for games against Bolton) took advantage and found Dindane who gratefully accepted the chance to double his tally.

This encounter pretty much summed up Bolton`s season. A near silent stadium, bar the vocal efforts of a few travelling fans, and unmotivated players who had the chance to seal Premier League safety but didn`t care enough to complete the task.

It`s all reminiscent of last season, when the Whites won only once in the last eleven games. No doubt there will be a few juicy offers to tempt supporters back to the Reebok, but the best advertisement would be players who look as if the result matters to them. Few members of the current squad match that description.


3 Replies to “Battling Portsmouth Put Bolton to Shame”

  • I have to agree. They should all, including the Manager who was out gunned by Avram, be totally ashamed of their second half “performance”. After some glimpses of actual “football” in the first half yet again we failed to play hard and with passion for the 90 minutes. OC has got a helluva job to do next season, especially if the board are not as generous to him as they were to the last incumbent.

  • Time & time again (under Megson & Coyle) we win games only to throw to away, if this continues next season we will be having kittens at Christmas again.

  • I left the ground with 11 minutes of normal time remaining because if the Bolton players cannot be bothered then I do not see why I should. Absolute garbage in the second half and I will need to think long and hard before spending money on a season ticket again. Once again I have to single out Muamba who is simply not good enough to be a premier league player. I accept that he puts a tackle in and can hold up play but his first touch, passing ability and shooting capability are shockingly bad.

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