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Bolton Wanderers 2 - Middlesbrough 1

nPower Championship

Reebok Stadium

20 April 2013

Attendance: 18,420

Referee: Deadman

Bolton Wanderers
2 - 1
Eagles 50', Sordell pen 59'
Dyer 56'
Venue: Reebok Stadium
Attendance: 18,420
The Teams
CY Lee
C Davies
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
This is in our hands. Two games, six points, and we're in.

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The Journalist

Writer: AlParklar Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 20 2013

Time: 6:48PM

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thanks Al, an essential precious victory while both Forest and Leicester stumble to draws, can the gods smile on us for a while longer and stuff the odds down my throat - I truly hope so.
aussie mike
A good day indeed. 3 points for us and lots of dropped points around us. Dare to dream.
.....and now they're gonna believe us.
Also, do you think any Boro fans said, without any sense of irony after Woodgate was sent off, 'that referee's a Deadman'?
Pedro, you were right about the Reebok Roar! More of a collective Reebok peeping out from behind the sofa, feeling scared! Great win though, despite the edginess. Result is all that matters now. Back in control again. Just got to outperform Leicester and Forest.
Skopelos Chris
Mike, when you are doing your sums regarding the last two games( i write this after the Boro win) bear in mind two things. Firstly, we now play a Cardiff team that have guaranteed top spot, so hopefully they've already starting drinking heavily. And more importantly, the two danger teams for us regarding our playoff spot- Leicester and Forest, cannot both win their last game of the season because they play each other.. Also, Leicesters other game is against 2nd place chasing Watford
If Forest beat both Millwall and Leicester, we need at least a draw at Cardiff and victory over Blackpool, then goal difference decides. If Leicester beat Watford and Forest we must beat Cardiff and Blackpool. Should Leicester lose at Watford then go on to beat Forest in the last game we can afford to lose at Cardiff assuming we beat Blackpool of course. If we pull off a victory at Cardiff the Blackpool result may be immaterial unless of course victory moves us into 5th place. Worst scenario for us is Leicester winning their two games ( horror) I think they play Watford on the Friday so if Leicester do get a result ( win or draw) we probably have to match it at Cardiff. There are other scenarios Millwall beat Forest - Leicester beat Watford - we lose at Cardiff and drop to 7th, then Forest beat Leicester and we beat Blackpool to snatch back 6th place. Best scenario is Forest & Leicester are both defeated next game and draw the last meaning we only need 1 point from our two games. Finally - don't discount Charlton, they could end up on 67 points and leapfrog everyone if we totally collapse and other results go their way. I prefer to assume everyone will lose one and win one, which would be enough for us and it is more than enough from me.
aussie mike
Firstly well done lads for the win but why oh why was Bogdan playing after his Leicester debacle and why was he even there anyway? Rabbit in the headlights and Jussi like "rooted to the spot" for the goal. Why wasn't Craig D subbed much earlier? He was tiring and starting to look like SKD. Lots of ball control errors but so did they but didn't they slice through us so easily in the first half. The sending off didn't make much difference and with their intelligent substitutions and tactics as a friend of mine said, it looked like they had 12 and WE had 10! Pretty edgy stuff for the last ten minutes
We were right behind Eagles goal and will have to watch the replay to see if it was a cross or a very accurate lob!
CYL magnificent and one of the few times the club have picked the correct MOTM after getting it wrong so many times
With only a few hundred 'Boro fans there, our own attendance must have finally gone up a bit. Let's hope we get a big crowd for the final game, the players do their walk of thanks for the first time in a couple of years and that SKD sees sense and brings his family so we can show our appreciation for his loyal service.
Am I missing something regarding skd? Is there a reason that he wasn't even in the squad today? I too hope he has at least a cameo in the last game so we can all show our appreciation of his time with us.
Really who is voting that we won't make the play offs? I can only assume its blackburn fans reading our site so they can try to remember the feeling of success or some of you are the sort of people who tell their six year old that their rendition of twinkle twinkle little star is crap and not to do it again.
Anyone else delighted we could swap places with qpr?
I hope Freedman have a perfect solution to beat Cadiff.
I would guess that SKD is not the most intelligent of footballers despite being thoroughly charming and shy when you meet him. My guess is that he has spat his dummy and had an argument with DF and Gartside after "that" interview.
Why did he not sort out his future career with the club in private last year and retire gracefully when he realised that he was losing his skills and whatever speed he had.
Maybe his "friends" did not have the guts to put an arm round his shoulder, take him to one side, tell him the truth and give him advice.
Just watched the 9 mins of highlights of the home game against Cardiff. Bogdan should have saved the first goal, N'gog being denied a goal when he was patently onside, Dougie's first game wearing a suit and looking like a real Manager and as if he had slept well before the game! Maradavo running at them with his mazy runs, Petrov's superb crosses, coming from behind for the first time in ages. Hope their keeper hasn't improved!
Now that we have a week before the next game I would be interested in reading the opinion of others as to whether the time is right to bring Wheater and Holden back into the team ? If we make the play offs difficult games against strong opposition then lie ahead and I wonder whether Holden's quality would be a valuable string to our bow, given one moment of pure skill and vision from midfield could decide the outcome in a tight contest. Wheater might add that extra strength to our defence both on the ground and in the air. Secondly, does anyone think team performance needs to improve for the final crunch games ? accepting the fact a damn good performance at Leicester returned nothing, highlighting how results often do not reflect the balance of play. It might be the case the quality of the opposition, or lack of, influences the performance on the day, players respond to whatever is put in front of them, lifting their game only when the need arises. Food for thought ?
aussie mike
I was on the Lofthouse side and Eagles goal looked very much like a cross to me. Also, was pleasantly surprised by the penalty, but haven't seen the highlights so not sure if that was one or not. Mowbray wasn't happy at all -but we are! And, yes Bogdan didn't inspire confidence again. He's got a bouncier chest than a page three girl! But there were a lot of nervy looking performances out there. We'll need our composure back, like we had at Leicester, for Cardiff.
Skopelos Chris
And yes... I would love to swap places with QPR. And Wigan.
Skopelos Chris
We've recalled Holden, apparently...
Skopelos Chris
Stu has tweeted confirmation.
Just watched the 5 mins of highlights on Wanderers Player. We looked really good! Medo and Chungy a class above. I think Eagle's cross/goal was a fluke forced by the tackle but Craig Davies's first shot was a cracker and they had a camera right behind him. Medo's shot was also a beauty. Definite pen by Woodgate on Chungy. I still hold the same views on Bogdan, he should have stopped their goal and looked nervy throughout - bring back Lonergan.
I would like to see students come back in if he is back to the player he was. However I doubt that very much I'm afraid. To be honest he needs to be there for cover this season as I can't see any reason to drop medo or Pratley who have both been superb recently.
As for wheater I can only think df doesn't think he is ready yet. We have had a great deal of discussion this year regarding players being brought back or coming into the team but can any of us really argue with the way df has done things now? I do worry about who is going to replace dawson and would love to see wheater back and playing to his potential.
Noticed Wheater sitting in the stand just behind the dugout yesterday
A few things. Cracking result yesterday. Destiny in own hands for the most part. Good that Leicester have a tough pair of games. Would like to dream of a draw and a win from last two. Holden and Wheater would be too much of a gamble given the length of time they have both been out. Not to say that having them as options is not a bad thing but neither of them is Alf Tupper combined with Roy Race. OK we have lost Spearing and Ngog but we have plenty of players on form such as CYL, Pratley, Medo plus DF seems to have confidence in Sordell, Cravies and, increasingly, Eaves. Defence is generally tight. It could be that once we get to the play-offs the pressure will ease a bit and our new-found ability to grind out results will be in our favour. We have become a tough side to beat and we can beat any of the teams around us. Don't really care who comes down with QPR and Reading; the former are a lesson about how not to run a football club, the latter are always going to be a yo-yo club. Not looking good for the Pies and what the hell are Villa doing? Personally I would quite like to see Stoke go down; not because of the semi but just because I don't like them all that much. As for the SKD fiasco...I see him as a Bolton legend and I hope everyone does. I would like to see him get a bit of game time to end his Whites career and, as I said, I would like to see him get a testimonial. A position at the club would be nice too but there seems to be a bit too much water under the bridge for that to happen. I really hope it does not end acrimoniously.
Oh and good to see we didn't pick up any cards against Boro although don't know if that is a potential problem for anyone.
Apparently it's crunch time at the bottom of the Championship. Who knew that!?
It wasn't Holden being recalled, his loan expired. Was only a month. As for Eagles' goal, it was definatly a cross. I'm behiend the goal so it was obvious haha.
It was indeed a month loan but that was due to expire on 28/4. We did recall him early due to our injury situation.

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