Bolton Wanderers fan Alan Houghton gives his verdict on the match against Sheffield Wednesday
8:00am Monday 21st October 2013 in Sport
WE are unbeaten in four games now, but we sadly lack confidence and authority at home.
The Reebok fans are much more critical than the away fans, and I suspect this transmits itself to the players.
They need to get over that, and soon, because football fans are not going to change.
We kick every ball with the lads, and the team must improve next Saturday against Ipswich.
The mood in the Fanzone before Saturday’s game was one of rising confidence that we had turned the corner with the last two away performances and that we would see our first home win of the season.
What a let-down then as reality kicked in and we were lucky to get a point in the end.
Fortunately, Bogdan had not been too traumatised by his international experience as he turned out to be our saviour.
He pulled off two brilliant saves before Bolton took the lead against the run of play when Beckford coolly put the ball away after a delightful back heel flick from Danns.
It was a rare moment of quality in an otherwise scrappy encounter in which passes went anywhere but where they should have.
Wednesday deservedly equalised when Baptiste maintained his impressive scoring run with a diving header that Nat Lofthouse would have been proud of... pity it was at the wrong end!
The second half started with Wednesday in the ascendancy again and Bogdan keeping us in the game. Chung-Yong Lee replaced the disappointing Feeney, who failed to match his previous performances.
Hall came on for the out-of-form Eagles, whose fly-by date may have passed.
Then the officials stepped in to help the Bolton cause. The lineswoman’s flag saved Bolton when Wednesday appeared to have scored with a header which looped over a crowded defence into the net.
Hall was perhaps lucky to receive only a yellow, and minutes later Semedo was given a straight red for a challenge on Spearing which was made right under the referee’s nose.
This provided the incentive for a late Bolton rally, with Kirkland saving the day for Wednesday with a couple of good saves from Mills.