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Bolton Wanderers 1 - Everton 2

Reebok Stadium

Saturday January 26th 2013

Attendance: 18,760

FA Cup - Bolton v Everton

Guest writer Chris Manning takes a look back at the FA Cup defeat to Everton.

Dutchman John Heitinga scored 90th minute winner to give Everton a barely-deserved win against Bolton in order to book a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Everton went 1-0 up very much with the run of play as Anichebe's shot bounced off Pienaar beyond Andy Lonergan and into the corner of the Bolton net.

However the impressive Sordell equalised smartly turning in Pratley's low cross past Howard.


Both sides had chances to go ahead in each half, with Bolton bemoaning some poor finishing and excellent goalkeeping from Howard before Heitinga struck to seal a late win.

The consensus was that the goal was harsh on Bolton, who had deserved a replay.

Star Player

Marcos Alonso - the left back might be on his way out, having agreed a deal with Italian side Fiorentina, but on this display Bolton should resist all offers to take him to Florence earlier than the summer. He was excellent in every department.

Player Ratings


Lonergan

Barely a save to make - one notable save however was an excellent tip-round-the-post from Steven Pienaar. Did enough.

Ricketts

Was poor defensively initially but grew into the game. Attacked with verve and provided excellent assistance to CYL on the right wing.

Alonso

Probably MoM - strong in the tackle and confident going forward. A real shame that he's leaving now we're finally starting to see the best of him.

Knight

Did well against Jelavic, who was substituted after being largely ineffective. Struggled when Fellaini was pushed forward.

Ream

Bullied by Anichebe, he seemed to be in for a long day however similarly to Ricketts he grew into the game and looked confident. Understandably struggled too against Fellaini.

Vela

Did really well. Sometimes looked to play the simple passes when an adventurous effort forward might have been better but this will come with experience. Tackled well and looked at home. A really good performance.

Pratley

Energetic and involved - he's become a key member of the midfield of late and he didn't allow a single minute of relaxation for the Everton four as he was harassing and harrying them throughout. Did well.

LCY

Really returning to the player that he was before the broken leg. Tricky and hard working he's a really important part of our team at the moment. Unlucky with a few tricks that he attempted but overall did well.

Eagles

I'm really trying to defend him but his form has tailed off massively since Coyle left. We'd have struggled without him this season and I would say he just about deserves to be kept in but this goodwill is slowly ebbing away. Was poor.

Spearing

Another one who perhaps wasn't at his best but still was tenacious in the tackle and economical with his passing. He has had better days but would have enjoyed dumping Fellaini on his backside once or twice.

Sordell

An impressive performance from Marvin - he was strong and held the ball up well and also provided a speedy outlet for the midfield looking to hit the ball into the channels. Took his goal well and I think he would be the only striker in our ranks who could have finished like that. Deserves a run in the side.

Afobe

I won't comment on his performance as I've been told not to swear.

Ngog

Barely involved

Holden

Wow what a moment - his return following two years out was a real lift to the crowd. He showed his usual tidy game with accurate passing and a couple of tenacious tackles. Looks sharp and ready to come back in.

Manager Rating

Dougie Freedman set his team out in a cautious manner, as we've come to expect, but this still allowed flexibility and freedom to attack Everton whilst also retaining the solidity provided by a five man midfield.

Opponent Rating

David Moyes, as for most of his career, got lucky.

Away fans in the home end

This practice doesn't bother me one bit when you've got the decent ones - for example we had some in front and behind us who despite clapping Everton's goal they stayed sat down and didn't rub it in at the end when they scored the winner.

However we also had some right scrotes who leapt up to celebrate when the above happened, and then after that it all booted off with people being shoved, some old bloke being thrown down the stairs and general kerfuffles breaking out everywhere.

Why can't they just sit there and behave themselves?! No problem with the good ones, but the bad'uns can do one.




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The Journalist

Writer: Chris Manning Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 27 2013

Time: 8:35AM

Your Comments

What the heck is Freedman up to telling the press ' the team is going through a difficult time ' we dont need more excuses per Coyle, I thought the aim of the new manager was to inspire confidence and eradicate the veil of excuses that Coyle cast over ever damming performance witnessed during his reign. I remain peturbed and concerned with the Koala Bear approach of Freedman, he gives caution a bad name, I had hoped for fire and brimstone, a manager with a big pair of ba-ls between his legs, able to inject confidence and dynamism into the players, willing to select his best players and go for the jugular in every game, I fear he's a pussy scared stiff of failing, which ironically is exactly what is happening.
aussie mike
Good point Mike, certainly at Palace. Most Football Managers and players are not worth listening to now - worse than politicians. Poor subs - did he really think Afobe and N'goals were capable of scoring? Rest of game fantastic and exciting once the players "grew into it". Lots of reasons to be optimistic. I think Alonso has been treated apallingly. Fans realised his quality but Manager's seemed to ignore them. I wouldn't blame him for leaving but hope something can still be done to keep him.
Pedro1874
Interesting view from the other side plus comments: http://www.toffeeweb.com/season/12-13/comment/editorial/23597.html
Pedro1874
I agree fully with everyone who says there are reasons to be optimistic and yes we should not be selling our best players, has the club not learned from the damage inflicted when they sold our best players 18 months ago or is Gartside hell bent on ripping away the remaining talent we have left. I truly belief a recovery will not happen until we begin scoring more than a single goal a match, everything rests on getting 2 -3 goals per game, it is not rocket science, management must select the lads who can attack. Blimey this is citing the obvious, its ridiculous. Thank you Pedro for your mention earlier - dont encourage me !!
aussie mike
Not seen full player ratings in a match since before Quentin became a writer.
Muur
I must declare that I didn't see any of yesterday's game but by most accounts we played pretty well. As I think most of us have cautiously said, there are grounds for optimism in terms of the playing staff. As has been the case for far too long, the main problem is with management and, for want of a better phrase, corporate attitude. We have two keepers who are about good enough at this level. The defence has improved under DF although it would be good for the whole unit to fire together on a more regular basis; looks like we need to keep Alonso, Wheater can't be too far away, Dawson could be a good acquisition. Midfield is looking a bit more solid as well and showing more creativity; Pratley starting to look like the player we thought we were buying, CYL getting back to form, Student just plain back, Vela a big bonus and bit part players like Spearing and Andrews who can slot in, just a shame Eagles has had a dip in form. As Mike says, up front is now the problem; don't see much point in keeping Afobe, we are stuck with Ngog, SKD is SKD and the future is Marvellous. However, he can't do it alone and Mike is right that we need a strike force that can stick a good few goals past the opposition; currently we don't have this so a goal scorer is a top priority (whether Davies fits the bill remains to be seen). I may have missed some out but you get the gist. Which brings me to management. To start from the top down, and to namecheck King Michael of All The Southern Hemisphere Bolton Fans for a third time, you are right in your repeated assertions that PG's position has surely been rendered untenable by an almost unbroken series of woeful decisions (even Fred The Shred finally fell on his sword). OC, nice bloke, god-fearing teetotaller, Whites legend and all that, turned out to be a disaster. Megson ditto. Little Sam ditto. I am sure DF is a decent bloke too (for all I know he could be a god-fearing son of the kirk too and live on porridge alone) but if we were going to go into the post-OC era with untried management why not stick with the Phillips/Lee/Darby axis who actually showed signs of serious promise and who had a deep understanding of our club and some experience? DF looks like a real knee-jerk reaction from PG. We all wanted McCarthy for plain-as-the-nose-on-your-face reasons and he has proved us right at Ipswich. If we could see it, why could PG not when he is paid highly to do so? DF is young in age and young in management experience - he may go on to be the next SAF, who knows? He may lead us to Champions League glory in a few years but only if we change our name to Melchester Rovers I suspect. However, here in January 2013 I see a club with a large debt (albeit owed to one of the many Davies' associated to the club rather than to banks or HMRC). I see a club relegated from the Promised Land at possibly the worst moment in revenue terms and now staring at a near certain non-immediate return. I see that "corporate attitude" in terms of near-permanent damage limitation and a resultant "small thinking". PG may also be a decent god-fearing bloke but I would trust Captain Pugwash to steer the good ship HMS Wanderers better with just a sextant and some stars rather than OptaSports and a team of scientists, psychologists, physios, nutritionists and maybe some druids and rune-casters thrown in. This nervousness and focus on survival rather than achievement I believe has translated on to the pitch in the past and still does today. DF had a right good tinker with line-up from the start, understandably wanting to take a look at the whole playing staff in game situations. He should now know his best starting XI for any given oppo if he was worth his salt and his best set of plans for any given game. These should be adaptable and flexible within certain parameters. BUT...it has been said before that succesful teams set up to be proactive and make the oppo play them and their system rather than the other way round. DF appears to be setting us up each time to not lose rather than to win. I think we all would like to see a Bolton team set up to go out and give the oppo a good tonking with our best XI on the pitch and a range of options both on the bench and in terms of game plan; but all of it positive rather than reactive. We have the players. What we need is a management drive to implement it. We are nearer the bottom than the top but a series ofwinscan change that rapidly in this division.
FredMadagascar
Just realised that I forgot Mavies!! More grist to our midfield mill!
FredMadagascar
And talking of grist...I forgot Matt Mills too!
FredMadagascar
Agree with Muur it's nice to see player ratings
FredMadagascar
I assume you had no books to mark up today Fred - nice thoughtful piece, gracias.
aussie mike
Bloody hell Fred that must have taken some time, I agree with what you say particularly regarding mccarthy he would have put some fire in their bellies. However DF is here now so let's hope he starts to see what we do sat in the st?ands. That being marvin has to start as does Students and Craig david needs a run out(if not why sign him). At the risk of repeating myself Afobe should go home and Eagles needs a rest. Finally we need to tie up one or two starting with alonso and students.
Boltongav
I fear however that mike could be right and the over cautious approach will see us fall just short come may.
Boltongav
NB Ed! Stats, Polls and player ratings please - asap.
Pedro1874
I have not seen any statement issued or made by Gartside since he signed Freedman. He was active in keeping fans aware of his concerns while Coyle weaved his damage at the start of this season, to the point of publicly confirming the absolute priority of gaining promotion this season. His recent silence is contradictory given Freedmans record is as bad if not worse than Coyles, made all the worse by the fact the results achieved under Philip & Lee where actually twice as good as those from the new guy brought in to replace them. Our chairman takes £500,000 a year from the club, I therefore feel the loyal supporters who pay their money every week are rightly entitled to explanations from the chairman given the clubs priorities have not been met and why his selected manager has failed to produce the goods - deja vu once more.
aussie mike
I don't think the chairman is going to say anything as he can't unless he admits he made a mistake and he can't do that unless Freedman is sacked. That wont happen in my view and shouldn't, as unless there is someone better to take his place we will just go even further downhill. As for phil lipsi lee etc. I wanted them to get the nod if it wasn't to be big mick but they only had a couple of games in charge and you could look at a two or three game snapshot for any manager (even megson) and see a couple of wins. I still think there are signs of improvement and hope that if not this year then next we will top the championship. To be honest I don't think there is a team in this league who could live with us the way we played on Saturday. Remember Everton are a good side. Finally I would hope the chairman will not be receiving or willing to take a bonus this year as clearly the club have not met his own goals.
Boltongav
I agree pedro stats etc. would be nice hence I rated the players on the last forum. I have offered our new ed. some assistance but have heard nothing. The offer still stands though.
Boltongav
MOTM on Burnden Aces is Alonso with 41% of a total of 156 votes cast.
Pedro1874
I think it was close between him and Pratley. Pratley harried over the whole pitch for the whole match, for me Pratley gets it. He has looked good the last few weeks.
Boltongav
good observations Boltongav, my perpetual critisism of Gartside should now take a back seat. Pleased to see Pratley finally hitting his straps, the lad took alot of stick earlier this season, hope his good run continues with a few goals to boot. Also hope the club keeps hold of Alonso, is there any truth in the claim on Sky News we have signed a 21 year old from somewhere like Croatia ? surely the story was not correct.
aussie mike
Thanks Mike, We have signed Jan Gregus a 21 year old slovakian international defender on 12 month loan leading to a permanent if it works out. DF says it is one for next season but the player seems to think otherwise and is hungry for first team time which is good. I have long thought Pratley could come good but the same problem seems to keep recurring at the reebok- no patience leading to apprehension on the players part and then poor form. I'm glad he is now showing us how good he is and hope unlike his last mom performance he doesn't now get dropped for the next game
Boltongav
When is Mr Parklar back from his hols? Is it too much to think that we will have a Watford poll? Watford MOTM and player ratings after the game? On Pratley - agree he has improved a lot but it was interesting to see how lazily and nervously he started. However a large load of abuse was aimed at him from a large number of people all at the same time on about the 10-15 minute mark and he reacted as if he was a kid that had been yelled at by a teacher to get stuck in! Brilliant! I have noticed that the booing or loud murmerings of discontent from the crowd has worked on the whole team recently. Maybe they read the excellent article by SuperJohn about how we will always wake from our slumbers and depression and will shout and cheer when the players show passion and the will to win/not be beaten. The never say die spirit of old will always bring us to life in the library/morgue of dreams that is the Reebok!
Pedro1874
I have to say I didn't hear the abuse on Saturday. Maybe where I sit in the west stand everyone was asleep! To be fair I think the whole team were poor for the first 15 minutes, I think they were showing Everton too much respect then realised they could mix it with them and duly did. I'm afraid the never say die attitude of old will never be seen as long as we have a team made up from the four corners of the globe. I don't mean that as a criticism its just the way things are now. There are no teams in the higher leagues anywhere who field a team of local or home grown players. As a result there is little passion on display, the exception to that being the top players at the top clubs and that's why they are just that! For the rest of us we will get the peaks and troughs, this is a trough the european years were a peak. Did anyone really think we could maintain it? Other than the top 3/4 teams in the premier league who does. Look at Liverpool/Spurs big clubs with big support but still peaks and troughs.
Boltongav
remember Boltongav the sterling performance against Everton becomes worthless if the team fails to maintain that standard and fails to win the next few league games. Yet again it all comes down to scoring goals, win the next game and the positives flow onto the game after that rebuilding confidence on the pitch. As for the new lads you test them out in training and if they lok good enough they should be given an immediate start, its bonkers in my eyes to hold these lads back if your looking for a new spark or solution when the old guard have repeatedly failed to deliver the results we desperately need. It did'nt take Rednapp long to change the line up at QPR, about 48 hours. I recall many years ago Howard Kendall walking out at Wembley in the FA cup final at 17 years of age. Freedman appears unable to change the status quo, as if many of the regulars are guaranteed a place regardless of their previous performances, this smacks at Freedmans lack of experience and confidence, or interferance from those above him. Years ago, Nicky Hunt was always guaranteed a game simply because he was an academy lad, 'good for morale' it had nothing to do with his usual woeful performances - internal politics exist in every organisation. The time has arrived for Freedman to grow a pair and gamble on nothing less than victories.
aussie mike
I agree 100% mike with what you say. I think the team should go into the next game full of confidence as they were really good on Saturday but a win is a must. My team would be Lonergan ricketts knight ream mears lee pratley vela alonso(yes on the wing) sordell and c. davies. Bench bogdan eagles holden k.davies spearing andrew wheater. I doubt as you say DF has the balls to try it but I think we would be too much of a handful for anyone what do you reckon?
Boltongav
Hard to argue with your team selection, Gav, although Alonso on the wing is rather revolutionary! I agree with Mike's comments that DF has had plenty of time at Bolton now and needs to assert his ideas and plans through choice of team and game set-up. I have argued for a while that we seem to have thought very negatively about games this season with a view to not dropping points rather than gaining them whenever possible. Consequently we are languishing in lower mid-table obscurity. Time to take it to the opposition with proactive plan and team and give some teams a good hiding; after all it's not that long ago that we were holding our own against vastly superior clubs than we face today. Only a couple of days to unearth that bargain 20-goals-per-season striker! Presume there is no truth in the rumour that we have hired Steve Davis to improve the squad's snooker skills! Or Barrie Davies to provide in-house commentaries.
FredMadagascar
A couple of interesting (for a change) comments by the gaffer about team changes: "I think we need to change one or two that have probably been here and done it and move on from there so what we can achieve is looking forward to next week, working hard on the training ground and improving players.” And this: "When I arrived Marcos just needed an opportunity,” he said. “I felt one or two of the fringe players were maybe not that fit but we’ve worked very hard for six weeks, giving them a pre-season really, and now we’re getting the benefit of seeing these players play. (I had heard from a good source that fitness was the reason for Alonso's ommision. Again what an indictment of the incompetence of that useless man Coyle.) “When I get asked the question next week, why am I changing the team again? I’ll tell you the answer – it's because we need to get these players in the team again.”
Pedro1874
Grrrrr...why has my screen just been taken over by a blo*dy gangnam baby advert for cigarettes!!??
FredMadagascar
Just been checking and young Craig seems to be the 7th member of the Davies dynasty to play for Bolton. This surprises me as I thought we had had more. DF get on the case...Whites fans demand a team of Davies' to bamboozle oppo and refs both! And that includes the bench.
FredMadagascar
Some very wonderful names on the Bolton roll of honour...especially like Sagi Burton, Bedi Buval and Dick Doncaster. Plus John Gope-Fenepej, Ephraim Longworth (who probably owned a mill or two and had a cracking handlebar moustache), and we have had 6 Jones's so a couple more would put them in the lead (what is with the Welsh connection?) Probably no surprise that the Smiths are leading with 9 and does anybody know where Eric Redrobe is now? The Thompson and the Taylors are doing well on 6 each but there is still only one Stig Tofting. Got to say, though, that on name alone my favourite is the mighty Ted Vizard.
FredMadagascar
For the record, my absolute favourite player of all time (past,present & future) is the amalgam of Pusckas, Maradona, Ronaldo, Messi, Cruyff, Best & Casanova...who else but Sir Francis of Worthington.
FredMadagascar
And yes, Mike, before you ask, I have no marking tonight; I did it at school and planned tomorrow's lessons before coming home!
FredMadagascar
With 18 Davies' we'd have a new "all we need is a team of of Nicky Hunt's" song!
Muur
32 comments! Is this a record for Vital Bolton? Just after Mr X left too! I feel sure the lack of comments would have been one of the reasons he left us.
Pedro1874
Interesting, I would agree about changing some who have been here a while and I think we are seeing by far the best of alonso now. It would be a shame to lose him. Not sure about all the tinkering though. The best managers know there best team quickly and play it.
Boltongav
The reason there are so many is this has been up for days and we are all craving info. and insight.
Boltongav
Guys, you'll get an article tonight. Plus other stuff, check out the BRAND NEW SHINY POLL!
AlParklar
Based on Freedmans comments who should he be building the team around. For me its Wheater, Holden, Alonso, Sordell, CYL and maybe Vela and Pratley if they continue current form. Anybody any thoughts?
Boltongav
Last comment before I go and plan a series of lessons linking PE/sport with maths to enrich our children's learning...I love this site because, unlike a lot of other clubs on here (and other sites) we all submit reasoned pieces rather than shouty ranting snippets. I really enjoy logging on here and reading what everybody has to say. We all differ in our opinions but we all are passionate about Bolton Wanderers FC. As Chris said in an earlier piece we are all doomed for a variety of reasons to toss and turn with anxiety and/or euphoria in our thrall to that passion. And long may it continue. All the pupils that I teach take the ***** (even Reception kids aged 5) because I talk too much and my ancient dinosaur bitch of a line-manager regularly slags me off for it but I love talk and language. Shoot me. But...if you have not read it get hold of David Conn's "The Beautiful Game?" It is as good a football book as I have ever read. Better even, if that is possible, than Frank's "One Hump Or Two." The chapters on the likes of Bury and Crewe and Notts County and Bradford really reinforce what it's like to be utterly wedded to a club by geography, history or subconscious reality. Just like we all are to By Far The Greatest Team The World Has Ever Seen.
FredMadagascar
And yes I will shut up now...I have a large glass of red waiting!
FredMadagascar
Wow a new poll, thanks ed.
Boltongav
Again, Gav, can't argue with that! And Muur surely that would be a Bunch Of Hunts!
FredMadagascar
Boooooooo...I was enjoying the Sunderland MoM poll. It was an anchor of solidity in an ever-shifting universe.
FredMadagascar
 

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