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Bolton Bottle Job At Home to Bury

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0 - 0
Bury

Macron Stadium

18 April

Attendance: 18,223

Referee:

About two weeks ago, shortly after 10pm on a Tuesday night, I went into the Blue Boar pub in Southend. It was full of Wanderers fans rejoicing in an injury time winner that put us 10 points clear of third place. At that point, we thought we'd done it more or less

Two weeks later, that gap is now two points. What a balls up.

While you can never say never, we didn't ever look like actually losing to Bury tonight. Lee Clark set his team up with five defenders, they kept it tight and as is often the case when that happens, we did not know what to do.

Again, despite the absence of a target man, the target man, we continued to play as if he was there, meaning Adam Le Fondre couldn't get onto anything, as much as he tried. The midfield were bypassed and weren't in the game. Parkinson has done a super job, he actually has. But this seems to be a blind spot how he can expect to play the same when the man which makes it happen is unavailable. Hopefully Gary Madine is back on Saturday.

We had chances in the second half. Adam Le Fondre came closest, hitting the underside of the bar, while David Wheater had a good ahot saved by Joe Murphy.

Despite the doom and gloom, if we did win and Fleetwood don't on Saturday, we go up. I'm just bricking it though now, when after our position a fortnight ago, it shouldn't have had to be like this

Star Player

David Wheater, did his main job at the back and had one of the few chances we could create, a good effort from him.


Writer:Anthony Hart
Date:Tuesday April 18 2017
Time: 11:15PM

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It was a bit disconcerting to read today that Parky thought we were okay until the last 15-20 minutes. Most fans I spoke with were convinced otherwise. And that we should have started with the team that finished the match in such a decent fashion. We were woeful until then. I'm afraid that Pratley has reverted to type. He was quite poor again and spoiled a few moves by getting in the way. He, Spearing and Vela have not gelled. And he has to be replaced by Henry at Port Vale. I would also replace Derik at this moment in time. He was poor throughout. His tackling, heading and passing wasn't up to scratch. He didn't look up for it to me. We should be beating the likes of Bury, no question. Parky keeps making pathetic excuses for poor performances. He must pick a more attacking formation to succeed. Let's hope he does at Vale.......but it's a forlorn hope.
Barney Grumble
20/04/2017 18:44:00
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