Bolton Wanderers: The Power of Negative Thinking
In his post match analysis following the Watford defeat, Dougie Freedman provided some insight as to why all is not as bright as it should be at the Reebok. It's partly due to us cynical lot thinking negative thoughts, and generally being unhelpful with our uninformed views.
People who understand the game should see that our new game plan is just a whisker away from all coming together, and it's just a bit of bad luck that's in the way of us climbing the table back towards the promised land. Now, of course we've been told about this sort of thing before by Messrs Megson and Gartside; so we should know by now, us handful of numpties who phone radio stations, us non-football people outside of the know to shut up just keep the faith.
What I suspect we never realised, was that even thinking negative thoughts would be causing damage to the club's progress! Owen Coyle was clearly a man of great faith, and indeed unshakeable optimism. He assured us we would stay up. And get back up. So did the Chairman - or at least that to get back to the Prem first time around was an absolute necessity. Dougie's faith seems to be more ethereal, urging us against those negative thoughts.
Still, they must be right. They are all professional football people who know what they're doing, and how it all works. Which is nice to know. If only we'd all realise that everything's ok, everything's moving forwards and it really is just rub of the green; the odd decision, that little bit of bad luck that's holding us back, and start thinking positive thoughts then the club could start moving forward.
They've been telling us this for ages now, and we've just kept on moaning about the endless positive spin from the professionals at the Reebok after every good solid performance that came to nothing because of all the bad luck, that dodgy decision or that one slip by a player who'd had an otherwise great game and cost us the match. Clearly if we just kept the faith, we'd soon be seeing amazing things like two wins on the trot or strikers who get double figures in a season. If only they'd told us earlier.
But we should have known - after all that's what faith's all about. No more negative posts now y'all hear!