Date: 28th February 2017 at 11:08pm
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There are two positives to tonight. Firstly, Scunthorpe lost at home to Wimbledon (who we actually play next); secondly we didn’t lose our game and would still go second by winning our game in hand

And that’s it. Because the performance was horrendous. How we weren’t soundly beaten was a mystery. Instead, we came within 15 minutes of robbing a good Bristol Rovers side of any sort of points, when sub Byron Moore scored a deserved leveller.

The night started promisingly. Many were happy with the starting lineup, reverting to a back four with Josh Vela playing in the number 10 role, and Chris Long starting.

It got even better when Vela gave Wanderers the lead, Filipe Morais and Chris Long showed good movement and Vela slotted home.

Then that was it. When Bolton did play it on the floor, they could be a threat, with Long finding the side netting. But too often they reverted to going long when they had a player up top not as suited to that as Gary Madine.

Mark Howard also had a poor game, letting in Ellis Harrison who missed an open goal, as well as flapping at a few crosses. Rovers were also better on the ball and were toying with us at times.

Vela picked up a 10th booking of the season, but as one was in the EFL Trophy the suspension stays away just yet.

Jay Spearing came off at half time though, and it appears to be a ligament injury, which is just what we needed in midfield.

 

2 Replies to “Bolton Stink Out The Place Against the Gas”

  • Agree with all of that, Anthony. It just makes you wonder where we would be if the season were starting now. Although, like everyone else, I would like to see us promoted, it does beg the question as to how we would fare in the Championship. My guess is we would be embarrassed each week……again! Our midfield is non-existent, I’m afraid. When we went one up to a well-fashioned goal, most of us sat back to wait for the deluge. It didn’t happen! We immediately went into our shell and defended. Their midfield players toyed with us, as you stated. How we kept a lead for so long is beyond me. Neither can I believe that Howard has lost so much confidence. From day one, that has been his forte. He was terrible and cannot be chosen again come Saturday. Again, why does Parky persist with Trotter? Everyone can see that he isn’t up to it. When he plays, we are playing with ten men. The new lad didn’t fill me with confidence either at full-back. He needs to get up to speed very quickly before he does some damage. I am still amazed how stupid some players are. Vela, in particular was just asking to be booked all first half. Everyone sitting near me was waiting for it to happen. And it did! Second half, he was frightened to death of tackling in case he saw red. As for Long, he wants shooting as well. On a yellow, but insists on badgering a linesman and then the ref. Just asking for trouble. And as for the referee, what a poor game he had, along with his assistants. They helped to ruin the game by their mistakes and pig-headed decisions. We have thrown away some good chances of being in automatic promotion spots since Xmas with poor performances like that. Hard to believe, we are still in with a chance. However, our away form ( never mind home form) should put paid to that! Along with 14,000 other fans, one is very disappointed. Do these lads really want promotion, I wonder!

  • If we got up, the current lot would struggle, we might have a chance of staying up if we kept everyone fit and signed one or two. There’s a lot out of contract in the summer. In any case, our form isn’t good enough for a top two spot at the moment.

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