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Bolton 0-1 Plymouth: Game Over?


Game over?

Probably now. Bolton are ten points off the play-offs with eight games to play, and with four other clubs sat between them and the top six. It looks like the final six weeks of the season will be about getting points on the board and confirming the top half position we currently hold.

This shouldn’t mean our season has been any sort of failure. Far from it. A newly promoted side, apart from a brief spell in early January where things were definitely wobbling, has managed to be comfortably away from the bottom four, and in the months of January and February put together a run that at least gave us reason to dream of what would have been a special achievement to get back to back promotions, from where we were in the spring of 2020, Or even later than that arguably. Long term, it might even do us a lot of good. There might be one or two questions about the contracts or futures of certain players, but we have a much younger squad than in recent years (bar than when we literally had to play the kids) and we’re in a good position to go again, and reaching the Championship in 2023 would probably work out better long term than doing it this summer.

Oh yes, probably worth talking about today’s match. We weren’t awful, but there were flashbacks to many a game earlier in the season. We didn’t take our chances in what wasn’t a game for the neutral. Unfortunately, Macauley Gillesphey did when Argyle got a corner late in the half and we didn’t defend it at all. We had chances in the second half, Elias Kachunga came on after his long lay-off and nearly levelled straight away, but was somehow kept out by a combination of Michael Cooper and the post. It wasn’t to be.

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