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Bolton In Halloween Horror Show At Orient


It was four, it could have been five, even six.

Bolton were well beaten at Leyton Orient today, Wanderers had the most chances, but that doesn’t tell the story at all. We were awful, and anything that went towards our goal went in, while none of our 17 shots were on target.

For anyone of a Bolton persuasion, the match peaked with Billy Crellin’s early penalty save, stopping a spot kick for the second game in succession.

We couldn’t hold out for much longer than that though, Danny Johnson made amends for his effort from the spot by turning in James Brophy’s cross.

Two free kicks in quick succession later in the half ended the match as a contest before half time, Jobi McAnuff, who scored in a 7-1 win for Reading against us in 2014, firstly, and then Conor Wilkinson of all people, who might have enjoyed that goal going off his reaction.

Craig Clay scored the fourth goal to round off the humiliation, and a further goal was ruled out for offside. If the last two matches represented the step forward, then today provides the three or four steps back. It’s quite hard to really add anything constructive or intelligent, but we expect far better than losing 4-0 in the basement division of English league football. Is that really too much to ask for?

It does feel like we’ve gone back to two weeks ago, when we lost to Oldham and the faced a game against fellow strugglers. It’s the same deal here, next up is a struggling Mansfield. We need three points.

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