University of Bolton Stadium
6/04/2019 3:00 pm
Referee: Peter Bankes
|Bolton Wanderers||Ipswich Town|
|Emmanuel og||Quaner, Quaner|
|Remi Matthews||Bartosz Bialkowski|
|Pawel Olkowski||Josh Emmanuel|
|David Wheater||Luke Chambers|
|Mark Beevers||James Collins|
|Andy Taylor||Mykes Kenlock|
|Sammy Ameobi||Andre Dozzell|
|Joe Williams||Cole Skuse|
|Callum Connolly||Teddy Bishop|
|Will Buckley||Gwion Edwards|
|Gary O'Neil||Collin Quaner|
|Josh Magennis||Alan Judge|
|Ben Alnwick||Dean Gerken|
|Mark Little||Trevoh Chalobah|
|Erhun Oztumer||Kayden Jackson|
|Clayton Donaldson||Flynn Downes|
|Craig Noone||Toto Nsiala|
|Marc Wilson||James Bree|
|Luca Connell||Idris El Mizouni|
Vital Bolton wasn’t at yesterday’s game. Not out of laziness or some sort of stand or protest.
Just a day job that occasionally requires weekend work, so don’t come here looking for detailed analysis of yesterday’s defeat, maybe you never expect that anyway.
Anyway, let’s stop rambling. You didn’t need to be at yesterday’s game to deduce how bad things were. When you play a team eight points adrift of you, at the bottom of the table, you should expect to beat them, no excuses. But no, a 2-1 defeat, with our goal being a late own goal. Combined with results elsewhere largely going against us, we’re now eight points adrift of safety and you can assume now we’re going down.
Which leads to the off the field stuff. The match had suffered two episodes which nearly ended up with it not even going ahead, which we all know about by now. Anyone there, or even watching the highlights on TV last night, will have seen the digital perimeter advertising not working, with a few emergency sponsor hoardings set up, presumably to comply with some sort of league regulation.
Add to that the lack of hospitality and press catering, admittedly something that won’t garner a load of sympathy from a lot of people, but these little things are all tangible examples of the state of the club at the moment. There was criticism last night of the players not training earlier in the week. It probably contributed to their downfall yesterday, but they were doing it to try and help rank and file staff. Their livelihoods and pay packets are bigger than three points.
It’s a mess, it’s sad, it seems the sign of a club on life support.