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The Depressing Outlook of a Bolton Wanderers Fan

The Depressing Outlook of a Bolton Wanderers Fan
Good evening everyone. Sorry to everyone who looked for our match preview, only to find that I had forgotten to write it. I`d had a very hard working week and all the almost thirty hours of overtime had pushed Vital Bolton straight out of my mind by the time I got home late on Friday.

However, I am back now and ready to do this article. It appears that the first team squad didn`t much like my absent preview, and so followed me by not turning up either. We drew at Huddersfield.

I didn`t see the game, as I was working into part way through the second half. But I expected a win from our trip to the mini Reebok. No offense to Huddersfield, but they are a small club who were sensationally lucky to sneak past Sheffield United for promotion last season. They also lost Jordon Rhodes to Blackburn, and despite some smart buys and loan deals, I would think that this is the type of team you should be able to do the double over. Especially if you`re not too happy about being in the bottom half of the table.

We went behind in the ninth minute from a Zat own goal. Some time into the second half, Mark Davies hit a lovely shot and equalized. Eagles missed a penalty, scored a good goal with ten minutes to go, and then James Vaughan made it 2-2 with a couple of minutes to go. That`s all I got from the four seconds of television time you get in the Championship.

I think this is where it really hits home that we aren`t in the big league anymore, or in fact one of the big boys in the small league. I`m usually as optimistic a supporter as they come, but now comes the time where I begin to think less about what we can do this season, but dream about next season`s possibility just to get me through this one. And right now it`s not looking great for that either. I really don`t feel positive about any of it.

Dougie`s short tenure has been one filled with potential, but ultimately has provided very little. And I`m not slagging the guy off, as he was left in quite a pickle by his predecessor, but this team needs to start performing on a more consistent basis. When we can pick up three wins on the spin, then I`ll start talking a bit less harshly, but I don`t see that coming any time soon.

For football fans, Christmas comes a little bit later in the form of the January transfer window. I`m hoping that this will be the key to how we finish this season. If Dougie still holds any ambitions for this year, and they can only be a cheeky sprint into sixth, then he must remove the underperformers and non-believers from the camp, and replace them with quality. Sordell needs to removed, Afobe`s loan terminated, and Pratley given away like the unwanted thing he is.

A change in some our defence could also be an option. I am not happy with Mills or Ream, and I think a more stable partner for the (am I writing this?) surprise relative stalwart Zat Knight would help plug any further gap in our defence. Stephen Warnock needs to be kept; whether an extension is an option or a permanent move if Villa want to cash in.

Minor tweaks are required; but if Douglas gets them right, and finds a winning combination, then we could do something. Could. I want to dream but I won`t hold my breath. See you Wednesday.

Date:Monday December 10 2012
Time: 8:09PM


'Relative stalwart' Zat Knight"!! Never mind 30 hours overtime, you shouldn't be at work at all if you're suffering from hallucinations. The bloke is a complete liability who has now taken to attacking his own goal, he planted an header home in the first half unchallenged, and nearly scored again in the second half but for the flying Wotsit making a fine save. He should be first out of the door.
10/12/2012 21:34:00
If coyle payed for Afobe loan, it can't be terminated.
11/12/2012 15:16:00
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