We owe it to the Bolton Wanderers fans to put this right, says Darren Pratley
DARREN Pratley held up his hands after a demoralising defeat at Blackburn Rovers and admits things need to improve quickly.
The midfielder acknowledged his own mistakes in the 4-1 horror show at Ewood Park and feels the players now need to hold themselves accountable for the club’s worst start to a season in 29 years.
The last time a Wanderers team failed to win in their first five league games was 1984, when they finished 17th in the old Division Three.
The current crop had much higher targets over the summer but Pratley concedes standards simply have not been met.
“Everyone is disappointed and we are embarrassed as a team,” he said.
“We owe a big performance to the fans who came to Ewood Park because they were excellent and supported us all the way through.
“We owe one to the manager and his coaching staff as well because we let them down too. “They set us up every day, training is good, so there are no excuses for us.”
Wanderers are now rock bottom of the Championship and have two weeks to dwell on that fact until their next game against Leeds United.
After finishing strongly last season Pratley admits the dreadful start to the new campaign has come as a shock.
“We didn’t expect this as players either,” he said.
“We have been there before, though, and we need to dust ourselves down and quickly.
“Fans are fully entitled to be disappointed because of the results we’ve had, but, to be honest, they have been brilliant. They have stayed with us and backed the team.
“We have got two weeks off now and that will be hard because there is no opportunity to put it right. We need to work hard over that time to get a positive result.
“We owe it to the fans and to the manager because we need to start doing something for him as well. In the five games we have played, we haven’t got the right points.
“We have played well in patches.
“If a couple of chances go in, it’s a different game.
“We need that bit of luck but I’m not about to start making excuses or blaming referees – we lost against Blackburn fair and square. We weren’t good enough.”