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Bolton Wanderers

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9 Feb 2013


Tomorrow, the Dingles come back into town. The last time we played Burnley at the Reebok, I announced to my friends that we 'had our club back` after the torturous Megson era. Owen Coyle was going to be our saviour, and we were heading back to the good times.
I was wrong. We had a strong end to the season, followed by a fantastic three quarters of the next. But that was it. It wasn`t long before Owen Coyle was caught out as the largely flawed manager he is. Relegation, followed by a disastrous attempt at a promotion campaign, left Gartside no choice but to say goodbye to the cult hero.
Burnley fans might hate us for stealing their manager, but they should thank us for allowing him to leave their club in a better position than when he took over. We can hardly say that, can we?

Vital Quotes:

We have a new man at the helm now. One who has overseen an improvement at the club, but one not reflected in the Championship table. Dougie Freedman told the club website:
"As a manager we have to approach this game same to any other. It will test our character and mental strength, but we are playing very well. We could do with a bit of fortune in terms of holding onto games and seeing matches out, and if we can do that then I can see us springboarding up the league. I think the fans have been terrific throughout my time here and they have seen us play some good football and just not get the result. I am frustrated for them but I think if we can get a couple of results then away we go. We are certainly not too far away."

Bolton Wanderers Team News:

Mark Davies, Keith Andrews, Matt Mills and David Wheater are still out. Whilst Holden is doubtful, I have a feeling we`ll see Stu play at some point.

Player to watch: Chris Eagles

It`s a big game for the Ronaldo of the Championship against his former club. His performances have dropped significantly in the past few weeks. Whether this is due to burnout, a change in style since the managerial change, the absence of certain players that compliment him, or a combination; he cannot have many poor games left before he is told to swap his training kit for a suit and a seat in the stands.

Burnley Team News:

Michael Duff (who?) may be out, but Burnley have most of their big guns at their disposal.

Player to watch: Junior Stanislas

Vital Burnley have gone for this guy. To quote them; "He can though be an exciting player to watch when charging forward and crossing the ball over from the flanks. He could be key to our chances of victory this Saturday."

Match Facts & Stats

Burnley fans have on average 3.7 more digits than Bolton fans. The figure would be closer to 4, but the knuckle dragging than occurs in Royston Vasey leads to a dangerously high amount of finger loss.

Match Prediction:

We`ll win this. 3-0.

Next Fixtures:

If you see anything like these below, stay completely still. Their vision works on movement.

Date:Friday February 8 2013
Time: 9:05PM

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" a disasterous attempt at promotion left Gartside no choice but to say goodbie to Coyle " pretty accurate statement, you forgot to add attempts taken since by his replacement have been more disasterous, leaving us in a far worse predicament, promotion chances utterly gone, relegation risks enhanced as we slide further down the greasy pole. What choices now for Gartside ? in whose hands our future rests. Optimism and hope are natural traits in supporters but when they fly in the face of reality we have to ask why do we choose to fool ourselves ? regardless of the good things we claim DF has done and plans doing the harsh truth is his record since arriving has been dreadful, the worst of any manager at Bolton in many years, based on the number of games he has been in charge. We are currently on a losing streak that has relegation written all over it yet the local media and supporters never give it a second thought, instead choosing to discuss the big improvements that sit around the corner once the new lads pull their boots on - what improvements ? and how can you pre judge the effect these players will have when we have yet to see them play, they cannot even get a game ! apparently none of them yet meet the fitness standards required or the club is still unravelling the cotton wool wrapped around them. So we brought in unfit players, I therefore assume our scouts judged their previous performances on this basis, good enough to impress when unfit but not good enough to play once they arrive here - I smell a rotten fish. Never forget, results are all that counts and that is all that can save us or doom us - forget Gartside and DF, keep your eyes squarely on the league table.
aussie mike
09/02/2013 09:17:00
After todays great win, we're only 16 points off second spot. A blistering run from now until the end of the season could and should see u in the play-offs. My specs aren't rose-tinted, they're glowing neon pink!!!!!!!!!!!!
09/02/2013 17:34:00
A much needed win and I suppose there's a lot to be said for coming back from a goal down. Hopefully this isn't the bit where we all get excited and then we play rubbish next week.
09/02/2013 19:11:00
congrats, a desperately needed win, however my sceptism remains unmoved, the new midfielder is left on the outside and C Davies with N'Gog are brought on as subs - in desperation after Burnley scored - to get both goals in the last 20 minutes. Why the reluctance not to start these lads from the off or at worst from half time, seeing we didn't do anything of note in the first half. Had Burnley not scored when they did, DF would probably have left things unchanged, all part of his reluctance to alter a status quo that has let us down all season. We won todays game in the last 20 minutes, we need to be dominant and on top for 90 minutes in every game to follow, if that is at all possible. I wish I shared swedebwfc optimism, my glasses were broken weeks ago.
aussie mike
09/02/2013 19:43:00
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