Date: 12th January 2014 at 6:27pm
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I’ve got a really good feeling after yesterday’s performance. I just hope we keep it up.

I’m sorry, I can’t give any sort of a match analysis or personal perspective of the Forest game because I wasn’t at the Reebok. But what I heard on the radio and what you guys are saying, this was a Bolton performance to be proud of.

Ngog, eh? Is he pimping himself to the highest bidder while the January window gapes open or has he decided he wants to play some football for the Whites? Only he knows for sure.

Even though Dougie favours the 4-2-3-1 formation- or a set-up equivalent- playing a 4-4-2 doesn’t necessarily mean you play two out-and-out strikers. Our manager played Ngog up-front with Beckford and from what I heard on the radio- from the Bolton broadcasters and Forest’s reporters- the duo caused all sorts of problems.

I don’t think you can call Ngog a striker. The best and most appropriate name for him, I would say, is simply a ‘forward’: a player who can navigate all of the final third. Did Beckford and Ngog utilise the flanks and channels like I expected they would? If they did, like I said in the previous thread, it keeps opposing defences honest, wary and alleviates pressure from our own back-four. This simple shift in formation and attacking impetus brings those advantages even before a ball is kicked.

Brilliant performance yesterday boys. Not just the players, you guys in the trenches sounded fantastic through my laptop. You seemed to cheer the team on from the get-go and the roar didn’t seem to diminish.

It felt like the old days and even though I wasn’t there and we didn’t win, it felt like my team again.

Please, keep the comments coming…


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