Date: 10th December 2017 at 11:15am
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Bolton lost yet another away game yesterday as they went down 3-2 at the City Ground to Nottingham Forest.

It was a day where couldn`t seem to have picked worse times to concede goals. We`ve let in a lot of late ones, but it feels equally annoying when the opposition score the opener just after a matter of minutes. Tyler Walker put in a cross for Barrie McKay and we found ourselves behind very quickly.

We responded well though, and Will Buckley`s play merited him scoring a goal late in the first half. Despite starting the second half well, we still managed to, well, what the opposite of take advantage of that was, as Joe Worrall scored his first Forest goal. Walker burst through and nearly made it 3-1, before Ben Brereton did do exactly that.

Bolton did keep going, and substitute Aaron Wilbraham`s shot was turned in by Worrall to give us shout at getting a point, as we launched it forward in extra time while the Forest fans watched on nervously, but ultimately it would be a second successive loss on the road, with trips to Middlesbrough and Sheffield United coming up.

It`s now 36 Championship away games without a win. I can`t find any records, but it wouldn`t surprise me if we held it, and have held it for some time. We might have played well yesterday at times. But at some point, we need to win away, maybe even a couple of times. Failure to do so will likely cost us a place in the division.

A talking point yesterday was the benching of David Wheater and the complete lack of Adam Le Fondre. Reece Burke obviously played last week due to Wheater`s suspension and you can`t blame Phil Parkinson for not wanting to change a winning team. With hindsight though, Burke hasn`t played particularly well in either of the last two games.

On Le Fondre, ultimately, we`re playing a system where he simply doesn`t fill in, the way we play means Gary Madine is always the first striker on the team sheet. If we play one up top, Le Fondre can`t start. Should he be on the bench at least? Yes, I would go along with that. But unless we find a way of playing two up top, it won`t be happening anytime soon, and the same people would likely complain if we went back to 3-5-2.

 

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