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Changes Don’t Come Off As Bolton Fail To Cope With Burton’s Set Pieces

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Bolton’s unbeaten run came to a shuddering halt last night with a 3-1 loss to Burton.

The game was all over within 20 minutes after we just didn’t cope from set-piece situations. Joe Powell scored the opening goal while John Brayford scored twice. From there, it left us a bit shell-shocked. The second half was better, but we struggled to break down the resolute Burton defence, save for a late finish from Dion Charles, who came off the bench.

Ian Evatt’s team selection was a talking point. It was completely understandable, we’ve been playing every Saturday and every Tuesday this month, while there were questions over the quality of the Pirelli pitch. Gethin Jones came out of the side, and he still has to be managed after the long lay-off earlier in the season, but it just proved how we’ve come to be very reliant on him. With him in the side, the win ratio is above 60%, without him, it’s barely half a point per game. He can’t be missing too many more games between now and the end of the season if we’re to try and close down the play-off gap.

Aaron Morley’s omission weakened us at attacking set-pieces, he and Dapo Afolayan are the ones who should have started. There were no issues with starting with Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Amadou Bakayoko – Bakayoko has scored goals while Bodvarsson’s size might have helped us go a bit longer. In the end, it didn’t really work out for either of them. Or anybody.

It’s one defeat though. Overall form is still strong, and while there are no forgone conclusions two home games coming up against sides lower in the table should hopefully yield six points.

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