Date: 1st October 2016 at 6:58pm
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Bolton put in a quite frankly embarrassing performance as they went down 2-0 to Oxford.

It means Phil Parkinson’s men have now lost three of their last four and are now eighth in the League One table.

Late goals from Wes Thomas and Chris Maguire ensured those Wanderers fans who were still in the ground at full time let the players know exactly what they felt.

There wer half chances for both sides early on as both goalkeepers came out early to deal with threats, and a Gary Madine flick on was gathered by Yellows keeper Simon Eastwood. But Bolton were so impotent up front, and could have done with a striker of the ilk of Ivan Klasnic, for whom there was a minute’s applause on 17 minutes as he fights for his life.

Zach Clough tried to get on tbe end of a through ball in the 29th minute but Eastwood got to that first. James Henry probably had our best chance of the game but the cut back was looped over the bar.

Despite a second half triple substitution, Wanderers if anything were even more unsettled by it, and Wes Thomas found himself unmarked at the far post with ten minutes to go to give Oxford a lead their play had warranted more.

With Wanderers throwing people forward with little effect, the visitors could break, Mark Howard did okay to deny Kane Hemmings but could only present it to Chris Maguire who sealed all three points.

It was a Wanderers side that were scared of passing, and scared of shooting. We’re eighth in the league, and culd be back in the playoff spots again next weekend. It isn’t the league position that is concerning. It’s the way we’re playing that is far bigger at the moment. It’s dross.

 

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