Date: 2nd February 2013 at 5:33pm
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Bolton Wanderers

Vicarage Road

nPower Championship

2 Feb 2013

Attendance: 13,223

Referee: Adcock

WatfordBolton Wanderers
Vydra (36), Abdi (70)Sordell (32 PEN)


Hogg84De Ridder
Nosworthy78C Davies76
Eustace90K Davies76

Game Statistics

9Goal attempts7
3On Target3
2Yellow Cards4
0Red Cards0

41 Replies to “Stats: Watford v Bolton Wanderers”

  • Well done Ed! Appreciated. Manager does a Megson in his post match interview. “If you have any idea of what you are talking about then you would know we are playing well” What? Today?

  • Desperately disappointing result today. I was pretty encouraged by the performance against Everton, the incoming players, the injured ones soon to return, but we seem to have suffered all the same old frailties today. Not building on a lead, not holding a lead for more than five minutes, defensive cock-ups, a lack of momentum going forward blah blah blah. I know DF errors very much on the side of caution and slowly building but he needs to integrate these new guys sooner rather than later and let’s hope to god that they bring a change. Dougie’s not worried but we’re only three points of the drop places now. I don’t think we’ll go down but that really is rubbish.

  • Hard Facts : Coyle 10 games-W3 D2 L5 Points 11 . Philips 6 games – W2 D3 L1 Points 9. Freedman 13 games-W3 D5 L5 points 14. Worst results under Freedman, best under Philips. Games against the top 10 clubs, Coyle 4, Philips 3, Freedman 3. By far Philips was our best manager and Freedman our worst, worse than Coyle !. If you multiply Philips average result or 1.5 points per game x 19 games =29+ Coyles 11 = 40 points. I have to repeat the facts last 7 games only 1 win, 2 draws, 4 defeats, that is shocking. Philips also had the highest goals a game %. I belief we now have 14 midfielders on the books and only 5 strikers, even though we desperately need the latter seeing we cannot score more than one goal a game. Gartside and Freedman are failures, I mean true failures, results do not lie, the only thing that doesn’t lie. Whoever says we cannot get relegated I recall Coyle said the same thing last season at this time, remember results under Freedman are the worst. Where is Gartside now ? will the chairman please issue a statement to the fans, noting that the manager he did not want has just led his team to an emphatic thrashing of Middlesborough.

  • I think when Dougie took the job he genuinely thought that most of our players were still Premiership quality and we were in a false position in the league. I really hope it has now dawned on him that a lot of them are not fit for the Championship never mind the Premiership. The defence is possibly the weakest in the division and their is still a large Stuart Holden shaped hole in the centre of midfield, almost two years after dirty Jonny Effing Evans took him out. What I find most worrying today was that the commentator on the radio was questioning the effort and commitment of most of our team, particuarly in the second half, in fact he said only Spearing seemed to care. When effort and commitment are being questioned we have very serious problems, Dougie has to sort the slackers out or it will be him who takes the rap. Just remember Dougie, a lot of these players lost Owen Coyle his job.

  • Very telling stats there. Coyle needed to go but jiminho’s record from the subs bench deserved a go at it. I agree DF must have thought he was inheriting a much stronger base than proved to be the case. But given his previous stats as a manager at Palace I don’t really know why he was so wanted by PG. Would we get rid a la Blackburn and Berg? Or is that just stupid? I think DF has some good ideas and probably the right approach but his record isn’t pretty and given his caution and tentative approach the revival we are looking for could be a very long way off . Given PG’s statement about the absolute need to get promotion this year I think some comment now from him on our strategy at board level would be very welcome. I hope I’m being over critical and doom laden here but the facts speak for themselves. Decline is continuing and the fighting spirit we want is just not there. Realistically we are looking at building for next season one but DF and co need to make sure we don’t go down. It is a real risk.

  • So it is all over, I think we have to accept that we will be in the Championship again next year (I refuse to think of the more likely alternative to the premiership next year).

  • 20th!! Really I can’t quite believe it, where on earth are the players I watched against Everton. I was expecting us to get a win today and listening to the first half an hour I was even more encouraged, but then we scored, nearly scored again and promptly lost.

  • everything comes down to results and results need a team who will attack with the ability to score goals. For that you need a manager who can structure his team and motivate them to play that way. Relegation is a real possibility yet again and Freedman has done nothing to prevent that, McCarthy has taken Ipswich above us, he has done everything expected of him, everything we believed he would have done for us, underlining the impact a good experienced manager can have on a team that is floundering that has lost all confidence. Getting a team to play well relies heavily on confidence both individually and collectively as a team, that is were the manager comes in, that is one of his primary roles, for that you need a confident manager – I dont think Freedman has that confidence or the fire in his belly to get the best out of our players. He has brought new lads in but has not started them, why? yesterday Reading played a 17 year old just arrived from Yeovil Town, staight into prem action. While Freedman fiddles his thumbs putting the same losing team out claiming the new lads are not fit – GARBAGE – the existing players have had their chances, the new guys should go in the team straight away, appeasing senior players ? forget it – this is survival. Gartside has some serious thinking to chew over, whoever is controlling our team is failing badly and we need a remedy, positive decisive action needs to be taken fast. All the teams at the top have goalscorers, Watford have 2 lads with 30 goals to their name, Burnley have a lad with 25 goals to his name, we have Eagles with 7 ! that sums it up, as I have said for months & months we need an attack that can put the ball in the net, we need confidence for that, nothing special, simply reproducing what the lads do every day in training – that comes down to the managers influence.

  • I have to agree with mike. Even my eternal optimism is being severely tested. No more good performances with nothing to show. No more ” we didn’t get what we deserved”. It has to end now and we must have a solid foundation for our attempt at getting up next year. If we get less than 7 out of the next 9 available points then the unthinkable may have to happen and Freedman be let go. Give Phillips lee etc. another tilt and see what happens. I can’t quite believe I am saying that!!

  • I agree with all these sentiments. The problem I have seen all season long both under Coyle and Freedman is a lack of fight in the squad as a whole. We repeatedly see performances played at a slow pace and seemingly no ability or drive to impose ourselves on teams with sometimes a desperate, but still half hearted push in the last quarter to try and win/save the game. We’ve heard all season from all our managers that the effort’s been there and it’ll all start to click soon. Effort? Yes probably, but belief and fire in the belly certainly not. We have a squad who should have been able to at least get close to the stated objective of returning to the prem first time round. Although clearly we don’t score enough and the defending has been awful we still should be in way better place than we are now. The pattern of of our play has stabilised, and the defending improved a bit under DF, but to make a pass and move playing style work you need to play with what Alan Gowling was endlessly mentioning when he was on the radio – tempo. And we simply don’t have it 90% of the time. Patient build up is ok but you also have to work harder than the opponents and put them on the back foot. If we could introduce this into our play we probably would score the goals we’ve been missing, and take the anxiety out of games. We’ve added good players in this transfer window and got the injured ones to come back soon. That’s good but if we can’t get them to work harder and dominate the other lot then nothing will change. It’s all over for this season but to quote an old song ‘We’re in a rut and we’ve gotta get out of it, out of it, out of it…’ Come on Wanderers, get a shift on and change this mentality quickly. We need to hit the ground running next season and that needs to start now.

  • Hey – next season could be division 1 , dont ever take anything for granted, we learned that last year. Everyone at the club must have their heads up their back ends, we are not a premiership team, we may in the near future not even be a championship club. Freedman is a disgrace – the new signings should be playing, they should have been out there at Watford. The recent goals from Sordell are a bonus, they should never be the only goals to be scored – what the hell are the other players doing ? You can pass the ball for 90 minutes and dominate all you like, without the goals you might as well lie down and whistle dixie. What happens during training ? does Freedman tell the lads ‘don’t worry your prem class, everything will change, carry on ‘ Why does he go on about the academy – he has bigger problems to concentrate on, like winning a game for starters. Maybe the academy is his level ? that would explain a great deal, move him down and bring Philips back in. I would hold training sessions every day, have two teams, 1st team and reserve team – 1st team attack against reserve defence and reserve attack against 1st team defence, tweak it each day and on the Friday whoever had performed the best that week would be in my 11 for the match Saturday, no names just log the numbers on each back, if it transpired the entire reserve team did best they would get the vote – no nonsense, no favourites, merit first and last. Looking at Managers, years ago under Roy McFarland we were dreadful one game, thrashed 4-0, after the game he stuck his head in the changing room and quietly said ‘ see you all on Tuesday at training’ that was it ! Under Bruce, Todd, Allardyce, any bad below par performance was met with fire and extra training, simply not accepted or allowed. I have never previously witnessed a Bolton team that consistently struggles to score goals, this has been going on for near 2 years, it has to be confidence and style of play, it all comes back to the manager and that then leads to Gartside’s door. Results are simply unacceptable, I expect to see a different team run out in the next game and I expect Freedman to be told he is on borrowed time – however, maybe Gartside is prepared to gamble our future once again in favour of his ‘choosen one’ like he did before.

  • Well we wouldn’t be the first to plummet from top to third or fourth tier. You could list half a division of teams who’ve done that. Could we be the first to do it twice though? That would be disastrous, but despite all the deficiencies mentioned I feel we still can get ourselves in shape for another effort in the right direction next season.

  • More training on passing needed.. Both teams could have won it today.. In this league it’s all about the forwards.. U also relie far too much on the strength of your players & not on the finesse.. A total revamp is over due.. I hope it works out… Good luck for the rest of the season..

  • Thanks watford1881 its nice to have some constructive critique from the opposition and its even better when it agrees with what we all are thinking. Good luck to you too.

  • Thanks watford 1881. 2 great goals. If we had Vydra I think we might have won too! Amazed he wasn’t stolen from you during the window.

  • Sick Sick Sick of yet another manager putting positive spins on lack lustre performances! Freedman is starting to irritate me as much as Coyle did near the end. I wish they would just button it instead of repeatedly talking crap!

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