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Bolton 0-2 Newport: Positive? After That? Good Luck


I’m not sure what to write about this match. I had a feeling we’d lose this, but still the disappointment is huge.

It felt as though we’d gone backwards on last week’s loss at Colchester. While we were still bad there, we could still at least point to little things that could suggest we’ll turn a corner.

This was just awful, and had Ali Crawford’s free kick at the end of the first half found the back of net, and please excuse the lazy cliché, Newport would have had every right to call the police and report a robbery. They were clearly the better side. After the break, Tristan Abrahams would put Newport ahead, when not for the first time today nobody responded to the second ball after Billy Crellin had saved from Joss Labadie. Ricardo Santos will take a lot of flak, and it’s fair. But so much of the team’s performance was brain-dead and lazy all afternoon.

Things might have been different had Nathan Delfouneso’s leveller had stood, but a handball was given and it was chalked off. From there, Abrahams and Newport added another, after Crellin spilled an effort from Ryan Haynes.

Good luck to everyone trying to be positive after that. It wasn’t 3-0. Is that a positive?

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