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Bolton Wanderers: It All Comes Down To This

Bolton Wanderers: It All Comes Down To This
Afternoon to you all. Here we are again, the day after a game that could have been, and should have been, but ended up being a never been.

Here are some things I learnt whilst not watching any of last night's game:

We tore Leeds a new one for half an hour, but have heard that tune before and it rarely results in a win. SKD scored two, but did nothing for the rest of the game, relying on two pin point crosses to avoid not missing. This will, therefore, give him a run of five starts whilst the best finisher at the club sits on the bench tweeting. If we are to play a side with width, best to play wingers. Dioufy? Captain? Who knew Neil Warnock was that much of a comedian? Michael Brown shouldn't be playing even Sunday League. Leeds fans have good banter. We could have lost. By the law of averages, some of these decisions that the referees are making that are costing us have to be right. Good crowd for a Tuesday night. Benik Afobe plays like he has a bowling ball in his stomach. Stephen Warnock is a good signing. If you are going to substitute someone for Martin Petrov, why Jay Spearing. Owen Coyle has one game left.

That last one may not be true, but it is the feeling you get looking around tweets and message boards this morning. Another game that has passed us by and, whilst we have climbed a whole on position, Forest could quite easily send us back a place against a rudderless Blackburn tonight. It is plain to see that whatever OC is doing, it isn't quite working. While we played well in the first half, as it wore on and we hadn't scored, the sense that something was going to happen up the other end grew more and more. We have, after all, not kept a clean sheet since Herbert Braithwaite kept goal in 1878. Or thereabouts.

There was a time, not so very long ago, when you could almost guarantee that the away side at The Reebok wouldn't get a goal. Now you can almost get over 20-1 on Bolton keeping a clean sheet. Yesterday was no different and, all joking aside about half time team talks, it was no great shock when Leeds scored again within five minutes of the restart. This joke about half time isn't funny anymore. It is bloody serious. It beggars belief how many times teams have been able to score between the forty fifth and fiftieth minute in the past eighteen months. And it shows no signs of abating.

Inwardly, OC may be looking to blame outside forces, penalties that aren't and penalties that are but aren't. But there is still no excuse to find ourselves where we are, now closer to relegation than the play offs. Defeat, or even a draw, at Millwall could well see him off. And for that, he only has himself to blame.

Writer:Quentin X
Date:Wednesday October 3 2012
Time: 3:10PM


No really! It's all the referees fault, we're a brilliant side and we're going to win the league at a canter, we're in a false position, if it wasn't for the refereeing we'd be top of the league! Sigh.
03/10/2012 15:20:00
Anyone else beginning to think that you can write OC's post match interview for him before kick off? Or maybe without even seeing the game?
Back of the Net
03/10/2012 15:58:00
Looking back at previous posts and reading this one it seems most Wanderers think its just a defensive problem .... look at these stats ( ) and you do have a point there but any defence keeping our lads from even having a crack at goal cant be all that bad (2 goals but 3 shots on target for Leeds last night) it looks to me like ur a bit limp up front
03/10/2012 16:36:00
I actually might start a bingo for Coyles most repeted phrases... Same old story Coyle.
03/10/2012 16:37:00
5 home points dropped inside a few days, absolutely disasterous given these are essential points for any team who hope to climb the table, we are 17th and deserving of nothing else, it could get alot worse before this month is out - the next 4 games have us playing away to Millwall, Wolves & Middlesborough, with Bristol City sandwiched in at home, while anything can happen in football our away form is worse than our home form so no one has grounds for optimism. If we only take 3 or 4 points from these games we end up with circa 15 points from 13 games, literally a third of the season will be gone and we are staring at a relegation battle - forget promotion. Gartside has run out of time, he must act now, the choice is simple - the interests and future of this club or Coyle, he cannot let more games slip by - the last 9 games have shown Coyles team up for what it is, the odd win only serves to inflict greater damage. Gartside has sacrificed everything on Coyle and lost, only a damn fool refuses to see the truth. I said at the start of the season Coyle would probably get 10 games, I hope for the future of our great club he does not get anything more.
aussie mike
03/10/2012 16:43:00
If you look back at our previous few matches, how many more points could have been saved if we did not give away any penalties? Okay most of the decisions have been questionable, but these would be even more likely to be awarded in the prem. Other than defensivley i don't think we are too bad at the moment, also why not give Lonergan a start to make sure there is competition for GK
03/10/2012 17:48:00
Is Megson still available?...... Juz kidding, but seriously, it's time to make a change. Problem is, Coyle won't step aside and Gartside's got no huevos...
03/10/2012 18:28:00
O.C. is a good man but lost control of events more than a year ago. Garside is silent (plotting the assassination ?or just fiddling while Reebok burns ?) and The Millwall result should not matter . Thank you O.C.and best wishes in your next job.
03/10/2012 19:23:00
10 games at the start of any season is a sufficient period to generally decide on how that season will develop. Even accounting for the effects of relegation, it is a reasonable period to form judgement. Stat's don't lie, even with a win on Saturday, we are way off any sensible promotion targets, including our very own Chairman & Manager's "average 2pts per game". Take into account the quality of the opposition in these 10 games, not one realistic promotion contender. Only 1 clean sheet, a negative goal difference and not even taking into account the actual performances, can only point to another season of failure. The PR rubbish spouted by the chairman, manager and players is an insult to anyone with the slightest bit of intelligence, just like it was with the previous manager. Both Coyle and Gartside have been responsible for taking our club back 20 years, the spirit of the club and the majority of supporters has been drained away. Unless action is taken by Mr Davies to remove both chairman and manager within the next 14 days, then the future for our beloved club will be bleak the next 20 years!!!
03/10/2012 19:33:00
Battered us for half hour and then we could have won. I was happy getting in at one down, so to go in level must have been a right kick in the teeth for you. Eagles scared the life out of us in the first half and the big difference was when you brought on Martin Petrov. Got to admit, enjoyed the night but getting out of your car park is a nightmare. We didn't move until 11pm
03/10/2012 20:24:00
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