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Bolton Wanderers vs. Ipswich Town

The Reebok Stadium



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After Owen Coyle`s sacking, many Whites` fan-choice for manager, Mick McCarthy, brings his Ipswich side to the Reebok this Saturday.

Twelve months on from the above mentioned sacking, Dougie Freedman finds his Bolton side worse-off than when he first took charge, where McCarthy`s men- relegation candidates before his appointment- are now looking at the play-offs.

Make of this what you will…

One could argue: the Wanderers are still in transition. But some Bolton followers just believe it`s a case of, shipping-out the senior 'Coyle recruits` who don`t want to play for our club anymore.

The truth usually lies somewhere between the two. But with the ominous possibility of Dougie Freedman not being the man to guide Wanderers to any kind of success, still hanging in the air, it makes you wonder where Bolton Wanderers would be now, if McCarthy was given the job in the first place.

Something we`ll never know…

Vital Quotes:

'Mick McCarthy is a very good manager - Ipswich mugged us last year on two occasions where we performed very well,'

'We just didn`t quite kill them off, so they took advantage of our lack of killer instinct. It will be a difficult match because they`re well organised, but something needs to change because we`re performing well.`

'This division is very strange and close - as with us last season, if you go on a winning streak and get four or five results, it can take you from mid-table to top six.`

'We`ve not started well, but with a few results like Ipswich we could find ourselves up at the top.'

Dougie on auto-pilot, pressing play and repeating himself.

Bolton Wanderers Team News:

Our long-term absentees, Stuart Holden and Mark Davies are both doing better than expected in their respective rehabs.

Our 'keeper, Adam Bogdan has continued our injury jinx, by being sidelined with knee ligament damage.

Andy Lonergan should now have substantial playing time to stake his claim in the Bolton goal permanently.

Let's see what happens...

On a separate note from injuries, the Wanderers will be without Liam Feeney after Millwall recalled the speedy winger from his loan deal.

Player to watch: Jermaine Beckford

Until someone steps up to the plate, Beckford's name will be used to tedious levels.

Ipswich Town Team News:

Despite my bigging-up of McCarthy, the Ipswich supporters are indifferent towards their manager.

Apparently, Mick is refusing to dispel speculation regarding the Rep. of Ireland job. Also, supporters are disgruntled at the fact, The Tractor Boys aren't chasing promotion after a summer of promises.

Count yourselves lucky, lads.

Player to watch: David McGoldrick

Even though his away goal-tally isn't great, you still can't ignore this lad's eye for goal.

Mills, Ream? Keep your eye on him, please.

Match Facts & Stats

Ipswich are a slight bogey team for the Whites.

They have the better of us at Portman Road, which isn't surprising. But at the Reebok, Bolton haven't had it all their own way, either.

After 17 contests on home soil, it's an even split of 6 wins each.

We can't let them take the head-to-head lead on Saturday, surely?

Match Prediction:

I'm really not looking forward to this one at all. 1-1

Next Fixtures:

It's a long trip to Bournemouth after Ipswich's visit, then it's back to the Reebok to face Liam Feeney's, Millwall.

The Journalist

Writer: Mr Ecky Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 25 2013

Time: 5:11PM

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if this game goes sour on us it should spell the end for DF but I don't expect that to happen, even a worst scenario with Christmas upon us hugging the relegation spots, DF could still be at the helm of what would be a rudderless ship. Can we afford the costs of replacing him with better and improving the team, probably not, can we afford the risk of relegation probably not, that's the dilemma. Its a mess, many thanks PG for your shrewd stewardship, you deserve another big bonus - go on take it.
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26/10/2013 00:10:00

I can't help but think that with big Mick at the helm we would have at least made the play offs last year. His teams are generally well organised and have some steel to them, something we have been lacking for years now. As I expect to see this afternoon his teams arehard to beat . We on the other hand are not. I have grown really tired of DF and rhetoric, I am sick of hearing that he is building for the future. If we don't start to get results and fast we may not have a future worth worrying about.
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26/10/2013 09:37:00

boltongav is absolutely correct and honest with his comments, DF is repeating the rubbish OC came out with on our slide to were we now are. This has nothing to do with the future and everything to do with the ducking and diving and lame excuses our failed management uses to keep themselves in a well paid job. On the day we can win any game and might win today, alas, we can lose a game just as easily as the record shows. We are a weaker team than the one 12 months ago with absolutely no signs of improvement, quite the opposite. I do not in all fairness expect to see us relegated but I don't expect any great uplift in fortune or any charge up the table as the season progresses. As one of those who wanted McCarthy appointed last year I am truly saddened at what has transpired since then. How many bad decisions can PG continue making it has gone beyond the pale.
aussie mike
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26/10/2013 12:09:00

Another abject 90 minutes. DF again showed he has no idea. He has to go.
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26/10/2013 16:59:00

He even tried to make a substitution in the 95th minute!!
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26/10/2013 17:11:00

why am I not surprised, maybe I no longer expect anything better than what's served up, crap. The team has no heart and soul, no fight, no determination to win, no quality. It has become tarnished and rusty, no polish or shine. DF is yet another dreadful appointment, he talks about vision and hope, I say look at your shoddy awful team, look at our position, look at the results, take your vision and hope and stick it were the sun does not shine, from where it came. Maybe we need someone like Pullis or McCarthy, straight talking, no nonsense, who tell it and see it for what it is
aussie mike
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26/10/2013 17:31:00

My ratings: Lonergan 8 Baptiste 6 Ream 7 Mills 6 McNaughton 8 Lee 7 Spearing 4 Medo 7 Danns 8 Beckford 8 Ngog 1 ( and that is only because I saw him make two attempted tackles) The team as a whole 2, as they look like 11 guys who have never played together before and who don't have any idea what each other are going to do. The manager 4. He is bereft of ideas, any ability to change it when we are playing badly ( which is all the time) and worst of all, any passion for our club. I would be happy to drive him back to selhurst park and as he seems to rate that no hoped Ngog he can take him with him.
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26/10/2013 17:51:00

Totally agree Mike. I would take Pupils in a heartbeat.
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26/10/2013 17:53:00

welcome to the Mike & Gav show !!
aussie mike
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26/10/2013 20:16:00

Ha Ha, mind if I butt-in. Agree with what you're saying. Freedman exposed himself as a manager of poor judgement when he made Knight captain earlier in the season. But now he seems unable to get the players to show some endeavour and passion and us fans are now questioning certain players commitment. I know we are still suffering from Coyle's disastrous dealings in the transfer market, and a year on from him leaving we have not gone forward, but can we afford to pay off another manager for abject failure?
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27/10/2013 09:47:00

the time has come for all, i.e. Fred, moonpig, Rob, Muur, Barney, etc to put their thoughts down. We all accept players go through good spells & bad spells. Spearing and Eagles to name but two. I don't like focusing on individuals as I see the more important task is how the team as a whole galvanises together and plays as a unit, a united force. For that to happen everything comes down to the manager. Its a sad day when our manager DF is that bankrupt and penniless with reference to the actual impact and success he has had after a year in charge, he has to tell the press about his coaching badges while claiming he is working on the future. Let me remind him, you don't get points for future results, the future is immaterial unless your a pension salesman, the only thing that truly matters as a football manager is the here and now, the present gets you points, promoted or relegated. I am convinced DF is following a script, written for him by PG, driven entirely by the accountants mind set rather than football requirements. To claim he has cut the wage bill simply says we are broke, but what the hell has wages got to do with the manager ? nothing at all, DF is responsible for football and results nothing else, sod the book keeping. He goes on about the academy - another way of saying were broke, we can't afford to buy players so we must grow our own. Unfortunately good footballers are not like carrots and tomatoes were taste and quality is the same. All that truly matters is the bowl of footballers being served up now, the team that DF puts out this season, this is what we are eating, this is the only food that can keep us alive and in all honesty if a restaurant served it up we would sent it back to the kitchens - its off, its not cooked right, the chef should be sacked. That's the real problem, in reality DF has no idea how to get the best from the ingredients in front of him, he tries mixing them, changing the recipe but everything he tries fails, it never comes off, always leaving a sour taste in the mouth - you would never order that meal again. DF just does not have that ability or skill to become a chef or the nose to be a successful football manager. At Palace he was lucky, he had some fillet steaks on the table, they have their own wonderful taste, no matter who cooks them they are good to eat.
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