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BWFC: Counter-Productive

BWFC: Counter-Productive

What do I write for you after that? Do I write you a match report, a la Bolton News, explaining the games happenings in chronological order? Do I write about my views on the team, manager, league position? Or do I try and send you some hope for the future, or explain how we are doomed?

After what you`ve just witnessed, do you care? The players obviously don`t…

The defence is shambolic. The midfielders neither assist the defence nor aid in attack and pass as if blindfolded. The attack or strikers…well, you have to witness something to provide an analysis.

So what has happened? What is going on?

It`s pointless analysing the game and dissecting mistakes because it doesn`t matter who the opposition is, the outcome is always the same. The mistakes we are making, regardless of opposition- Championship or League One- are being made by the same players in the same scenarios, over and over again.

You all will have an opinion on what`s gone wrong, when the rot started, who`s to blame, how it can be rectified etc. and I`m sure you`ll all comment on such, as I see you already have. To go over the faults- there`s a lot- would take more time than I have available, plus it would leave me nowhere to go in future articles.
But here`s where I am at the minute; the salient point, in my opinion, which needs to be addressed immediately, before any drastic changes occur in personnel, especially coming in…

Zat Knight has to go.

I don`t care who takes his place at this moment in time, I just want that towering block of wood out of our defence. I`ve seen enough of his blunders- I`d seen enough of his blunders two seasons ago- now I want him gone. I would go as far to say, if Knight remains in the team, I will no longer be paying to watch Bolton Wanderers. Just like sealing the hole so the fox has little chance of survival nullifies fox-hunting as a 'sport`, adding Zat Knight to the starting-11 gives the opposition such an unfair advantage I`m not willing to endorse. If we had no-one in reserve, that would be different. If the Whites had no other centre-back on their books other than Knight and another, then I would continue my financial support in sympathy of their predicament until a replacement was made possible. But we have Mills (yes, I`d rather have Mills) and if need be, a recruitment from the youth squad.

Some of you may think I`m being harsh on Knight. You may say it isn`t just him at fault. Of course, you would be right in saying that. But that`s just how I feel. I`ve never once booed Knight and I never would, that to me is counter-productive. I would show my disproval by keeping my money in my pocket until Zat is removed from the team and the club would know the reasons for my absence in an email. Not like they`d be saying, 'where`s Mr Ecky these days?` but that`s what I`d do and such is my right.

Get Knight out of the team, hand the captaincy over to the fan-favourite Spearing, see what happens in the transfer window and let`s start our season again after the International break.

Who knows, such a simple shift in leadership and personnel change may at least inject some fight into the team. Because what I`ve just witnessed at Blackburn, the only fight that was shown in a Bolton shirt was the fans fighting for the exit doors.

Writer:Mr Ecky: bwfc_85
Date:Saturday August 31 2013
Time: 9:36PM


I agree with you on stripping Zat Knoght of the captaincy and dropping him, the mans has been and always will be a liability, so the fact that he's anywhere near the first team, let alone first choice for 3 consecutive managers and our current captain is beyond me (his body langue after we cenceed is what frustrates me most, instead of encouraging his team mates and showing actual leadership qualities, he stands hands on hips, head down). However, I couldn't agree less on your second point. Yes, Zat Knight is a massive liability, yes, he is as useless as a white crayon, and yes, I would love nothing more than to see him dropped from the first 11 for good just like the rest of us! But you can't decide to stop turning up and actually supporting your club just because we're going through a rough patch, in my eyes, a fan is someone who sticks by their club, through thick and thin, weather that's watching your club draw 2-2 away at Bayern Munich, or seeing your club rock-bottom of the championship after an embarrassing defeat in a local derby. You can't complain about players not playing for the shirt if you're not prepared to get behind your team
Tommy Larry
31/08/2013 23:36:00
I feel exactly the same as Mr Ecky. Driving home from Ewood all of us comI said exactly
01/09/2013 06:33:00
Completely dejected I said exactly the same. I don't know what happens next or how we can turn this around. The team is in complete disarray. On the field they look like 11 strangers who have never played together before. I am point faith in freedman now and the doubt started when he made knight his captain. Freedman has to swallow his pride and drop him. If drastic action is not taken the fans will be calling for his head.
01/09/2013 06:44:00
Should of read losing faith. Not looking forward to Leeds at home either, but maybe I will feel better by then. Regardless I will be taking my seat. Like party says you have to support your club through the bad times too. We are the club and when the current staff have moved on we will still be there.
01/09/2013 06:50:00
01/09/2013 06:52:00
Did anyone listen to GMR post match interview with DF ? Very interesting what he said about certain players still in the team from the premiership who aren't pulling their weight, don't seem to want to play for the team to win, and despite him keeping faith in them and encouraging them, they aren't improving are showing the will. Sounded like a description of knight to me. not committed, given plenty of chances, given incentives (captains armband). So Dougie, thanks for sharing, now grow a pair and drop him. Carrot isn't working, try. the stick. On the slimmest of positives, Chungy looked ok on the highlights ! Ad for Gods sake, get Moritz on at the beginning, how the hell can he not be fit by now, unless he's on 60 a day !!! A comment the other day was interesting how Dougie had similar results at Palace early on as a way to loosen purse strings. Could that really be true, he persists with a crap defence to show how crap we are to scare the living day lights out of PG to blow some of that (still being received) parachute payment ??? FFP my testicles, QPR et al are in receipt of similar payments and have a significantly higher wage bill. Les not be a Burnley with no ambition in the boardroom.
01/09/2013 08:14:00
Absolutely spot on that article. Exactly how I feel.
Joe Savage
01/09/2013 08:15:00
I did pass my English O Level, but a combination of a tiny box to type into, an iPad with shi**y autocorrect, and inaccurate typing sometimes, well frequently, lead to numerous spelling mistakes. Sorry about that fellow supporters !
01/09/2013 08:18:00
Good write up Mr Ecky, feel the same too. doesn't matter who comes in. As I said above, grow a pair and just drop him, and whoever else you don think is in it for the team. It can't get worse, a loss is a loss.
01/09/2013 08:23:00
LOV site captured the comments quite well............. "The players were told a few truths after the game. I've got to try and make sure there are players here that want to play for the football club. Right now, I've still got a feeling we've got to recruit 2 or 3 more players to get the right attitude in the squad. If certain players don't want to be here they go come Monday morning. It depends on if anybody goes out. We need to understand that we've got a lot of money tied up in big contracts and loan contracts and then generate some money."................... So who are these players, other than Knight, as a few suspect. Sordell is on loan and I guess his costs are covered ? Come on Robmoss, you normally ae a fountain of knowledge, help us fill the gaps.....
01/09/2013 08:28:00
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