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Bolton Denied Win But Positives In Cheltenham Draw

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Bolton managed to get through a tough injury-hit week with a respectable four point haul after a 2-2 draw with Cheltenham yesterday.

The last couple of games will have lifted the mood a little bit. After that Stockport defeat there was doom and gloom, and it was sort of understandable, given the lack of pride in that performance. Then there has been the tsunami of injuries, which resulted in 12 senior players being available yesterday, and all of them getting on the pitch at some point. After a loss at Wycombe which wasn’t a disaster, we’ve since picked up four points from six at home with a threadbare squad, and by and large we’ve played well for most of those two games.

We did start slowly yesterday, and Alfie May, who after this match now has three goals in two appearances at the UniBol, was allowed a run and the shot squirmed under Joel Dixon. We did respond though, with Xavier Amaechi scoring his first goal for us, but then we were on the wrong end of a sucker-punch just before the break, when May scored again. The first goal had been set up by the excellent Dan Crowley, but the second was created by a great pass from Ellis Chapman.

We came again after half-time though, Elias Kachunga we can safely say has arrived now. A few goals and assists in recent weeks, and the latest one was a belter, lashing one in from an angle on the left hand side. That came moments after Ricardo Santos saw a goal chalked off for offside, one which Ian Evatt claimed was the wrong decision, and ‘not even close.’

But overall, it was a really good second half, 10 years to the weekend Gary Speed passed away, a moment which was marked in the early stages, there was a lot about him in that performance. Fight, and decent footballing ability. We now have a Papa John’s game against Fleetwood on Tuesday, but as far as the league goes, we now have a break for a week and a bit, until we play Fleetwood funnily enough.

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