Bolton Wanderers: Winning?
I didn`t get to the game (which I think puts me in with about 99.98% of all Bolton fans), so before I can comment on the events of the match, I`ll have to wait for the inevitable ninety seconds of coverage we will get from the third channel on our television planners. So, less match report, more analysis of what this mean for us moving forward.
Please bear with me here, I`m not used to writing positively about our football club.
This could be the start of our season, eventually. I know that`s a statement filled with cliché, but I`m hardly being Jamie Redknapp about this. It actually could be. If I am entertaining all these optimistic thoughts, I best think about the impact that a certain Aberdeen-born Texan could provide to our remaining games.
Stuart Holden is everything to Bolton Wanderers. Two seasons ago, he turned us from a struggling side to one that challenged at the right end of the table. If Jonny Evans knew how to tackle, we`d have qualified for Europe that season and would have got to the cup final. Without him, we went down, and have struggled to put together anything that resembles a promotion push.
If he can get back to his best (and from the bit I saw in the reserve match, I think he can), he will lead us back to the promised land. Most likely not at the first time of asking, but next season. He is one of the most exciting, committed and top-quality players we have had at the club in a long time. There`s the little kid in the back of my mind telling me that he could help us reach the playoffs this year. It`s naïve to think it, but I`d rather encourage thinking like that, instead of the pessimism that fills my head whenever I usually think of Bolton.
It`s very exciting to see Josh Vela start a game too. He has been built up by so many, but I`m hoping that`s because he`s actually very good. I`ve only seen bits, and I`ve liked what I`ve seen. I would love to see another local lad become a first team regular, especially one with so much promise.
And Marvin. A brace from the young forward means he`s finally started to do his talking on the pitch. Watford fans seemed to love him, and for so long it appeared a mystery why. If he can start to bang them in on a regular basis, I`ll realise. Really chuffed for him, just hope he stays off Twitter.
So that`s about it. I`ll stick the poll up soon, and if I can see anything in that feeble coverage, I`ll discuss it with you tomorrow.