After a win on Saturday, Bolton were swiftly brought back down to earth last night as Sheffield Wednesday ran out 2-0 winners at the University of Bolton Stadium.
On an extremely windy night, Bolton huffed and puffed, and for the first half the ball seemed to be mainly in the Sheffield Wednesday half. But typically for us, we couldn’t register a single chance on target in the first half. One person who could however, was in-form Owls striker Steven Fletcher, and a great ball for him was tucked away with precision late in the half, and we were in our familiar position – behind.
And we never really looked like getting back into it, with Newcastle loanee Rolando Aarons doubling the advantage. From there, it was a case of seeing what was going on elsewhere, and at least Wigan and Reading both got soundly beaten.
Many will ask why we changed the team around from Saturday, and the odd player may need a rest when we play two in a week – but breaking up the Callum Connolly-Joe Williams partnership from the other day was a mistake. It would also help if certain players could step up – Sammy Ameobi, frankly one of the bigger disappointments over the course of the season, never really got in the game. Unlike one of our former players, Barry Bannan, who ran the game from Wednesday’s midfield.
Onto Wigan next, another big game.