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Bolton Wanderers: Cold Day For A Defeat

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Ipswich Town

Reebok Stadium

1 Dec 2012

Attendance: 6 at FT

Referee:

Evening everybody. Apologies for my missing article last week, and apologies for how late in the day they are being published. There is LOADS going on right now, but I assure you that I will endeavour to get these out as soon as I can.

So, back to Saturday then. Can`t say I left the Reebok with any sense of happiness from the game. Can say I felt a sense of elitism when I stayed until the final whistle. Ahem, where did you all go?

For those who weren`t there: WE LOST. We went up after five minutes, when Mark Davies finished off a good passing move with a shot outside the box that completely baffled the Ispwich keeper. We then continued to dominate the game, with chance after chance failing to hit the back of the net. This has been the theme of the season, and has been even more prevalent in Douglas` short tenure.

Super Kevin Davies had a marvelous chance to double the lead, slotting the ball just past the post. It was fairly entertaining to watch, as we were in complete control against a side that just looked so Mick McCarthy; languid, boring and lacking in content. Going into half time, I didn`t think we were going to get any other result then a win.

Into the second half, that second goal still seemed to evade us. How? We were playing some very good stuff, and apart from the finishing, I couldn`t really complain. Maybe we needed to attack a bit more urgently, but when you are at home and in the lead against a struggling side, you can expect to have a decent amount of time in which to build an attack.

We never got that second goal. It bit us in the Barnsley game, and it would bite us yet again. Ispwich, in a rare move forwards, got players into the box; only for Tyrone Mears to make a sloppy, stupid challenge. Penalty out of nowhere. DJ Campbell. 1-1. You could see it coming from a mile off.

We continued to attack very much with the same vigour we had throughout the match. Nothing had particularly changed about our play, apart from the fact that we were no longer winning. It`s a shame as I would have quite liked us to push and try for the three points. One point isn`t enough at home to Ipswich Town. We didn`t even get that.

A corner for Town deep into injury time. The ball gets cleared and comes to Orr, who belts it towards goal. It`s caught by Bogdan. Oh wait, it`s not. Bogdan fumbles it, and Michael Chopra smacks it in from a yard to send the travelling fans home with something to tell their sisterwives about.

And that was it. Not good enough.

Dougie Freedman has done a good job of shoring up the defence and making us look more like a promotion team than we did under Owen Coyle. But despite all those lovely draws and that unbeaten run, it`s 10 points from 7 games, a possible 21. Hardly settling the world alight, is he? These draws are going to bite us on the bum when we finish seventh!!!

Star Player

Chris Eagles continues to be the Ronaldo of the Championship. A joy to watch.


Writer:AlParklar
Date:Monday December 3 2012
Time: 9:17PM

Comments

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...another thing I noticed on Saturday was that there is confusion up front, how many times did 2 players go for the same ball, or how many times did the front guys not link well...work to be done, or less squad rotation to allow a better understanding of each other ?
ChicoryCoffee
03/12/2012 21:40:00
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"where did you all go". I stayed until the final Whilstle.
Muur
03/12/2012 22:15:00
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where did you all go". I stayed until the final whistle too! Only one BW match have I ever left before TFW - Guess which game? ............ a clue - it was at Wembley Stadium and it was not 1953 or 1958.
Pedro1874
04/12/2012 02:35:00
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Where did I go? Home, just after Bodgan dropped it. I had some very important shopping in Tesco to do. I will admit to being occasionally guilty of escaping early if we let in a goal in injury time that puts us behind. I think we should start going around every football-related website with a comments section and posting rumours incessantly between now and the end of January that Glenn Murray and Charlie Austin want to move to Bolton.
robmoss2k
04/12/2012 10:27:00
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I have been away for a while and may have missed some of the news. The main problem now seems to have moved away from the defence and is to get a proven goal scorer. What on earth is going on with Sordell ? The silence is deafening. Are they going to swap him in January? This must rank as one of the most expensive mistakes made in recent. years.
norjoy
04/12/2012 11:09:00
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Draw specialist to strike again. Draw at Huddersfield? Are we good enough? Yes and no questions . . .
adlington2
08/12/2012 11:52:00
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