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Bolton Wanderers: Eurgh....

Good evening everyone. This is my first article in a couple of months due to illness, but that`s the last we`ll hear of that as there is much more important matters to deal with. What has happened to our season?

Yesterday, I watched a team bereft of confidence, ideas or quality. It was full of players that looked all too accepting of our new lowly status in the Championship, and of any excuse they can find to why they don`t win a particular football match. They were an embarrassment; and while I find the booing from some of the fans (especially during the game and at half time) utterly moronic and somewhat counterproductive; all I felt at full time was anger.

Well, maybe I felt like laughing a bit too. I mean, it`s ridiculous, isn`t it? Just think where we were eighteen months ago. How the players we had played, how the players we still have used to play, the mentality and approach taken by one of the finest younger managers in the game, Owen Coyle. How has it come to this? At that point in time, I was worried that he`d be off to Liverpool with Woy Hodgson under pressure. If he goes after what I fear will be a spanking from Leeds on Tuesday, and I think he should, I think he`ll find it difficult to get the next vacant job in this league.

Our defence yesterday was a comedy of errors, and as the game went on, I felt less and less confident that we would keep a clean sheet. Warnock was a shining light, especially going forward, but he needs game time as his positioning was way off sometimes. Mears` positioning is always way off; I think he needs to remember that he isn`t a winger, or fast enough to get back once we lose possession. Matt Mills` ball distribution was awful, either just heading the ball forwards to the Palace midfielders or booting it out of play. Zat Knight is Zat Knight. If you think he has improved, you are wrong. If you think he has found his level, he has. SIXTEENTH IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP. Not good enough.

So with this bunch of the misfits and unfits making up our backline, it wasn`t difficult for Wilifried Zaha to win a penalty in the last ten, which Glenn Murray slotted past Adam Bogdan with confidence bred from the sort of results we should be getting.

All in all, the game was very boring. Eagles didn`t have his best, but still ran through brick walls for us. Martin Petrov looked decent from the bench, and provided much more than Mark Davies had done from a wide position. Super Kevin Davies looked anonymous. In fact, he was awful. Sorry Emma, I know you don`t like the truth.

Unless I get struck down by another unusual illness, you`ll hear from me soon. Sweet dreams.

The Journalist

Writer: AlParklar Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 30 2012

Time: 9:46PM

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We can forget about promotion this season, with or without Coyle. He definitely doesn't have it in him to take us back up, and any replacement will need time to decide who really needs to go. Lets hope this is rock bottom, I don't wanna see us slide away into the depths...........(cue aussie mike)
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30/09/2012 22:39:00

I think you're being a bit overly fair there. The performance was beyond atrocious. For the majority of the game, you could have heard a pin drop. Not because the crowd didn't care - you could hear that they cared both at half and full time. The crowd just had nothing to shout about or to cheer. The goalie was crap, the defence was crap, the midfield were crap, the forwards were crap, Crystal Palace were crap, the ref was crap, the linesmen were crap, the weather was crap, the pitch was crap, even the pie and the coffee were crap... and to top it all off, even the booing was crap, but it's hard to get enthusiastic about something when you're so bored that you're trying to break your own fingers in an attempt to keep yourself awake. If the defence were able to pass the ball rather than hoof it, maybe the game would resemble football rather than ping pong or tennis, but as it is, Coyle is living on borrowed time and very quickly needs to work out what it is that he's doing differently to when we were top six material just 18 months ago if he wants to remain in charge.
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01/10/2012 13:02:00

Eurgh, nuff said. Coyle and Gartside and most of the players MUST go or we will be in League 1. Time for Eddie and the board to ACT!
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01/10/2012 13:50:00

Forgot, ALL of the useless backroom staff too.
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01/10/2012 14:01:00

I agree with Robmoss, it was a horrible, boring, dire game.
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01/10/2012 15:42:00


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