Date: 7th April 2019 at 9:33pm
Written by:
Bolton Wanderers
1 – 2
Ipswich Town

University of Bolton Stadium


6/04/2019 3:00 pm

Attendance: 17811

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

Game Statistics

12 Goal attempts 5
2 On Target 3
5 Corners 4
16 Fouls 20
0 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
46 % 54

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.


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