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When you guys get going in the comments section, under a relatively trivial bit of news-article, I almost feel guilty for breaking the rhetorical flow up.

I like to assure myself that my views on all things BWFC are justified and are accumulated from my personal experiences. Not set-in-stone, exactly, but would take an earthquake of occurrences to deviate such beliefs.

Then I set about reading your comments.

My views on Dougie, the players, the board, the academy, the fans, the performances, the outlook etc can all change and change back within one solitary comments section from you lot. You all give such persuading and hard to argue against cases, I wish Vital Bolton had a room with a camera, so you could gather and discuss and it could be broadcast on the website.

I`d definitely subscribe, even if it was just to put faces to all your usernames…

Anyhoo, not much in the way of news as I can see… So, instead of bringing you some disclosures from the Reebok, I`m going to just kick-back with some chicken soup- I`m still not well- and wait for you starting another riveting thread.

Discuss what you want; I just hope I`ve not put that awkward pressure on you to think of a topic. If you struggle, just carry the last thread on.

So not to completely leave me hanging: Gary Fraser has returned to the Reebok after his loan spell with Partick Thistle came to an end.

The 19-year-old midfielder made a total of four appearances for the SPL club.

I've put our manager's face at the top to stir your emotions.

Writer:Mr Ecky
Date:Monday January 6 2014
Time: 2:06PM


Will be interesting to see how quickly Fraser gets involved with the first team, having been out playing competitively and involved with the first team at Partick, albeit in Scotland and having got himself into a bit of bother and with him being cited as one of the reasons why DF chose not to keep Gregus at the club. Looking forward to the Forest game at the weekend. I think they are a good team but they have no strikers and i have seen cruiseliners turn quicker than Halford playing up front for them at the moment. Reid is always a danger, Paterson got a hattrick and Lansbury always seems to do well against us. I think if we can get ahead early and come out as we did against Blackpool then we can get tight and see the game out, if we dont then they can hurt us if we start slowly.
06/01/2014 14:19:00
Moonpig- Would you play 4-4-2 away at Forest? Or just at home?
06/01/2014 14:26:00
The comment above queries 4-4-2 against forest. Look at the end of the game Saturday and with Jay Spearing not playing I think its back to 4-5-1 we go. Need two things QUICKLY, a left back and a striker as well. With David N'Gog's "Best is yet to come" and Beckford constantly taped up more than a Ford Cortina, our Deepth comes from Craig Davies who, according to reports, keeps getting injured. Going onto the next round, looks like Mason and McNaughton will be back at the Reebok by the end of the month. Kev McNaughton played against the Arse and was solid. Then played again in the FA Cup in OGS's first game in charge. Sadly there seems to be no room at the inn for Mason. As a fan and looking at the way we have been playing, he is all wrong for Bolton. So please someone else take him before Dougie and Co. do!!!
Antony Haydock
06/01/2014 15:00:00
I would play 5 in midfield, the middle of the park is where Forest are strongest and i feel we will need to match them. I would go Lee, Moritz, Danns, Medo, Davies with Beckford up front but i would suspect that Spearing will come back in for Medo. Personally i prefer 1 up front and 5 in Midfield, providing the attacking midfielder gets close to the striker regularly. People will say we shouldnt be worried about the opposition and we should play our game but that was they Coyle way and that didnt work out well. I think the tactics arent far wrong, i just think that too many players dont have the intelligence or nous to carry out the plan...just my opinion...
06/01/2014 15:14:00
Totally agree Antony. Mason was poor in every game I saw. Hope he doesn't return. Happy to have McNaughton back though if it happens.
06/01/2014 15:15:00
I dont think he was poor, he did have a good touch and good movement but was left isolated by the midfield for long periods in too many games with no support which is the problem when we play 1 up top. Get the midfielders supporting and dominate possession higher up the pitch like we did for long periods against Wigan and Barnsley and it doesnt matter that we have 1 striker on the pitch
06/01/2014 15:44:00
I would go along with Moonpig over the Mason critique. I saw a lot of skill and quality in the lad, but he couldn't cope up there alone. For me, it wasn't his type of game. Being marshalled by two beef-cakes all game isn't easy. He needed much more support from the mid-field players to have come out on top. In fact, if I were him, I'm not sure that I would want to come back here, to play in our 'one-up' system. But I do agree that DF will revert to five in mid-field against Forest. I just hope the theory that 'they have no strikers', doesn't come back and bite us on the bum come Saturday!
Barney Grumble
06/01/2014 17:12:00
So it's Forest 5 in midfield, with 2 young midfielders against the old cloggers 5. Should be interesting. These teams seem to have more in the locker than us. Still we will wait and see.
Nigel Greenwood
06/01/2014 18:16:00
So are you guys saying you want Mason back then? I understand what you are saying about him but I don't agree. Far too lightweight never seemed to find much space, use of the ball was often poor too. It may be our style doesn't suit him but that ain't gonna change unfortunately. I don't understand how he was getting picked over the much better Beckford. (Other than contractual reasons). I like to see players trying to make something happen not ones that people have to make excuses for. I reckon I could have been as ineffective for half the money he gets a week. I wish the lad the best of luck but I hope he doesn't come back. After all we could use the money elsewhere.
06/01/2014 19:45:00
Gav, I prefer to think that our style doesn't suit him. He played plenty of matches for Cardiff last season, so he can't be that bad. A hoof up the middle from Zat, isn't really his cup of tea! He might well have been better playing with someone like Feeney, who whips the ball in from the wing. I agree, he is a bit light-weight, but that can be worked on. What I can't fathom is why DF thought he would be a good addition for us, playing with a lone striker. So, like you, I don't see much point in him coming back here at the moment. McNaughton is a different matter entirely. I'd chip in with his rail fare, to get him back and sharpish!
Barney Grumble
06/01/2014 20:20:00
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