Megson Must Do Better
18th October 2008
The ingredients were there. A deserved away victory the previous week and a larger than usual crowd who were more than prepared to get behind the team. But once again Bolton let its fans down. As usual Gary Megson`s post match comments were on the button. As usual, he showed that he has no idea of how to solve his team`s attacking deficiencies.
'It was a frustrating performance,` he said. 'But we caused our own problems, certainly in the first half, in that we were too direct.
'The only option we had was the ball up to Kevin Davies and look for the flick. We spoke about it at half time, played better and created a few more opportunities in the second half but not enough to have won the game.`
Bolton`s best chance came when Matt Taylor hit the outside of the post after a passing move that would have graced any game. A pity that it was very much the exception. Jason Roberts had the chance to put Blackburn one up, just before the interval, but let the ball glance off his forehead when it was easier to score.
That was about it. In ninety minutes of football there was one shot on target, and Matt Taylor`s curling free kick in the first half wasn`t meant as such.
The statistics make grim reading. Bolton have scored one goal in the last three home games. In eight league matches they have hit the net eight times. Six came in two games. Of those, one was an accident, two were due to poor defending and two were goalkeeping errors. Goals from defensive mistakes should be regarded as a bonus. For Bolton, they`re a staple.
Putting the blame for this entirely with Megson would be unfair. Those problems were apparent some time before he took over, but despite having more money to spend than any other manager in Bolton`s history, he has failed miserably to solve them. Cheap tickets and free beer are all very well, but if the football is as enjoyable as a funeral dirge, supporters won`t turn up, no matter what the blandishments.
Jussi Jaaskelainen 6
Gretar Steinsson 5
Jlloyd Samuel 7
Kevin Nolan 7
Andy O'Brien 6
Gary Cahill 7
Fabrice Muamba 3
Johan Elmander 5
Gavin McCann 5
Kevin Davies 6
Ricardo Gardner 8
Joey O'Brien 4
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