Initial response to the game of ‘football’ at Ewood Park.
What do I write for you after that? Do I write you a match report, a la Bolton News, explaining the games happenings in chronological order? Do I write about my views on the team, manager, league position? Or do I try and send you some hope for the future, or explain how we are doomed?
After what you`ve just witnessed, do you care? The players obviously don`t?
The defence is shambolic. The midfielders neither assist the defence nor aid in attack and pass as if blindfolded. The attack or strikers?well, you have to witness something to provide an analysis.
So what has happened? What is going on?
It`s pointless analysing the game and dissecting mistakes because it doesn`t matter who the opposition is, the outcome is always the same. The mistakes we are making, regardless of opposition- Championship or League One- are being made by the same players in the same scenarios, over and over again.
You all will have an opinion on what`s gone wrong, when the rot started, who`s to blame, how it can be rectified etc. and I`m sure you`ll all comment on such, as I see you already have. To go over the faults- there`s a lot- would take more time than I have available, plus it would leave me nowhere to go in future articles.
But here`s where I am at the minute; the salient point, in my opinion, which needs to be addressed immediately, before any drastic changes occur in personnel, especially coming in?
Zat Knight has to go.
I don`t care who takes his place at this moment in time, I just want that towering block of wood out of our defence. I`ve seen enough of his blunders- I`d seen enough of his blunders two seasons ago- now I want him gone. I would go as far to say, if Knight remains in the team, I will no longer be paying to watch Bolton Wanderers. Just like sealing the hole so the fox has little chance of survival nullifies fox-hunting as a ‘sport`, adding Zat Knight to the starting-11 gives the opposition such an unfair advantage I`m not willing to endorse. If we had no-one in reserve, that would be different. If the Whites had no other centre-back on their books other than Knight and another, then I would continue my financial support in sympathy of their predicament until a replacement was made possible. But we have Mills (yes, I`d rather have Mills) and if need be, a recruitment from the youth squad.
Some of you may think I`m being harsh on Knight. You may say it isn`t just him at fault. Of course, you would be right in saying that. But that`s just how I feel. I`ve never once booed Knight and I never would, that to me is counter-productive. I would show my disproval by keeping my money in my pocket until Zat is removed from the team and the club would know the reasons for my absence in an email. Not like they`d be saying, ‘where`s Mr Ecky these days?` but that`s what I`d do and such is my right.
Get Knight out of the team, hand the captaincy over to the fan-favourite Spearing, see what happens in the transfer window and let`s start our season again after the International break.
Who knows, such a simple shift in leadership and personnel change may at least inject some fight into the team. Because what I`ve just witnessed at Blackburn, the only fight that was shown in a Bolton shirt was the fans fighting for the exit doors.