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Bolton Wanderers

nPower Championship

Vicarage Road

2 Feb 2013

Attendance: 13,223

Referee: Adcock

WatfordBolton Wanderers
Vydra (36), Abdi (70)Sordell (32 PEN)
Almunia     Bogdan    
Hall     Alonso    
Doyley     Ream    
Pudil     Knight    
Cassetti     Ricketts    
Chalobah     84 Eagles     75
Ekstrand     78 Spearing    
Abdi     Pratley    
Battocchio     90 Vela     76
Deeney     Lee    
Vydra     Sordell     76
Hogg     84 De Ridder     75
Nosworthy     78 C Davies     76
Eustace     90 K Davies     76
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Date:Saturday February 2 2013
Time: 5:33PM


Well done Ed! Appreciated. Manager does a Megson in his post match interview. "If you have any idea of what you are talking about then you would know we are playing well" What? Today?
02/02/2013 18:04:00
24 points dropped from winning positions this season. Playing well?
02/02/2013 18:05:00
Desperately disappointing result today. I was pretty encouraged by the performance against Everton, the incoming players, the injured ones soon to return, but we seem to have suffered all the same old frailties today. Not building on a lead, not holding a lead for more than five minutes, defensive cock-ups, a lack of momentum going forward blah blah blah. I know DF errors very much on the side of caution and slowly building but he needs to integrate these new guys sooner rather than later and let's hope to god that they bring a change. Dougie's not worried but we're only three points of the drop places now. I don't think we'll go down but that really is rubbish.
Skopelos Chris
02/02/2013 18:11:00
Hard Facts : Coyle 10 games-W3 D2 L5 Points 11 . Philips 6 games - W2 D3 L1 Points 9. Freedman 13 games-W3 D5 L5 points 14. Worst results under Freedman, best under Philips. Games against the top 10 clubs, Coyle 4, Philips 3, Freedman 3. By far Philips was our best manager and Freedman our worst, worse than Coyle !. If you multiply Philips average result or 1.5 points per game x 19 games =29+ Coyles 11 = 40 points. I have to repeat the facts last 7 games only 1 win, 2 draws, 4 defeats, that is shocking. Philips also had the highest goals a game %. I belief we now have 14 midfielders on the books and only 5 strikers, even though we desperately need the latter seeing we cannot score more than one goal a game. Gartside and Freedman are failures, I mean true failures, results do not lie, the only thing that doesn't lie. Whoever says we cannot get relegated I recall Coyle said the same thing last season at this time, remember results under Freedman are the worst. Where is Gartside now ? will the chairman please issue a statement to the fans, noting that the manager he did not want has just led his team to an emphatic thrashing of Middlesborough.
aussie mike
02/02/2013 20:28:00
I think when Dougie took the job he genuinely thought that most of our players were still Premiership quality and we were in a false position in the league. I really hope it has now dawned on him that a lot of them are not fit for the Championship never mind the Premiership. The defence is possibly the weakest in the division and their is still a large Stuart Holden shaped hole in the centre of midfield, almost two years after dirty Jonny Effing Evans took him out. What I find most worrying today was that the commentator on the radio was questioning the effort and commitment of most of our team, particuarly in the second half, in fact he said only Spearing seemed to care. When effort and commitment are being questioned we have very serious problems, Dougie has to sort the slackers out or it will be him who takes the rap. Just remember Dougie, a lot of these players lost Owen Coyle his job.
02/02/2013 20:53:00
Very telling stats there. Coyle needed to go but jiminho's record from the subs bench deserved a go at it. I agree DF must have thought he was inheriting a much stronger base than proved to be the case. But given his previous stats as a manager at Palace I don't really know why he was so wanted by PG. Would we get rid a la Blackburn and Berg? Or is that just stupid? I think DF has some good ideas and probably the right approach but his record isn't pretty and given his caution and tentative approach the revival we are looking for could be a very long way off . Given PG's statement about the absolute need to get promotion this year I think some comment now from him on our strategy at board level would be very welcome. I hope I'm being over critical and doom laden here but the facts speak for themselves. Decline is continuing and the fighting spirit we want is just not there. Realistically we are looking at building for next season one but DF and co need to make sure we don't go down. It is a real risk.
Skopelos Chris
02/02/2013 21:30:00
Our 3rd deluded manager? Sound like the remarks made by someone else not so long ago?
02/02/2013 23:33:00
So it is all over, I think we have to accept that we will be in the Championship again next year (I refuse to think of the more likely alternative to the premiership next year).
03/02/2013 00:29:00
20th!! Really I can't quite believe it, where on earth are the players I watched against Everton. I was expecting us to get a win today and listening to the first half an hour I was even more encouraged, but then we scored, nearly scored again and promptly lost.
03/02/2013 00:50:00
everything comes down to results and results need a team who will attack with the ability to score goals. For that you need a manager who can structure his team and motivate them to play that way. Relegation is a real possibility yet again and Freedman has done nothing to prevent that, McCarthy has taken Ipswich above us, he has done everything expected of him, everything we believed he would have done for us, underlining the impact a good experienced manager can have on a team that is floundering that has lost all confidence. Getting a team to play well relies heavily on confidence both individually and collectively as a team, that is were the manager comes in, that is one of his primary roles, for that you need a confident manager - I dont think Freedman has that confidence or the fire in his belly to get the best out of our players. He has brought new lads in but has not started them, why? yesterday Reading played a 17 year old just arrived from Yeovil Town, staight into prem action. While Freedman fiddles his thumbs putting the same losing team out claiming the new lads are not fit - GARBAGE - the existing players have had their chances, the new guys should go in the team straight away, appeasing senior players ? forget it - this is survival. Gartside has some serious thinking to chew over, whoever is controlling our team is failing badly and we need a remedy, positive decisive action needs to be taken fast. All the teams at the top have goalscorers, Watford have 2 lads with 30 goals to their name, Burnley have a lad with 25 goals to his name, we have Eagles with 7 ! that sums it up, as I have said for months & months we need an attack that can put the ball in the net, we need confidence for that, nothing special, simply reproducing what the lads do every day in training - that comes down to the managers influence.
aussie mike
03/02/2013 12:25:00
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