Date: 19th January 2016 at 10:00pm
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I’ll keep it short because I don’t want to be too negative and not writing too much will be the only thing to ensure that!

Last evening we beat Eastleigh, a game that provided potential for a real ‘banana skin’ as they like to say in Football Manager 2016. However, we overcame it with a 3-2 win.

Yes, we only beat Eastleigh, a team several divisions below us, by a goal. However, let’s be thankful that we did win; it looked for a while like that wouldn’t be the case and to be honest I had us down to lose that and I’m sure many others did to (or at least hoped that we would lose).

Many a pundit suggested that by beating us, Eastleigh would put the final nail in the coffin for Bolton and help destroy a sinking ship. Well, that’s very nice, isn’t it.

I briefly read Darren Pratley’s latest interview in which he said that it would be a ‘miracle’ if we stayed up (or something to that effect). I do believe in miracles, and I still do think we can stay up- not saying that I think I will, mind!

Somewhat of a mockery has been made of our club in recent weeks, and understandably so, as we’ve been unable to pay players and meanwhile, on the field, things have been woeful too. Neil Lennon’s never been the most loved man in football and along with recent allegations of his non-football related wrongdoings, people have had an absolute field day of making fun of us.

However sad this sounds, a close win over Eastleigh could be just what we need. I say this after anything vaguely un-negative happens, I know, but eventually one of these will turn out to be the catalyst for something good, right?

Let’s hope that this time this win does get us going. We’ll get a little money from a game against Leeds in the next round, and our team isn’t that bad; we shouldn’t be so far adrift at the bottom of the table. The fact is that we are and that we have to correct it.

Neil Lennon and the players need to step up. The floor is theirs and I don’t want any excuses about things going on off the pitch. We need results and the fact that a very narrow win over a Vanarama National League side seems such a surprise speaks volumes and shows them how much they need to up their games.


One Reply to “BWFC: Catalyst”

  • Nicky, the players seem to have lost a lot of confidence,, but it’s hardly any wonder after this season’s events on and off the field. It will take a monumental effort to turn things around now. Like you, we keep hoping and praying that the tide will turn and a couple of good results will galvanise the team. Last night for the first twenty minutes they were very nervous and played with the utmost caution, rarely getting out of their own half in an attempt to keep the ball. They were on top and should never have gone behind, but the back four were far too easily breached from the wings and through the middle. I thought Mavies, in particular didn’t have a good first half and offered little protection down the left. It seems we have missed our Swedish backs coach more than we anticipated. Saturday will be a tough encounter, no doubt. Let’s hope we have a striker fit and well enough to play. Ameobi may still be eligible for selection.

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