Bolton Wanderers fan Alan Houghton gives his verdict on the win at Bournemouth
12:00pm Monday 4th November 2013 in Sport
IT was a 7am start for a five-hour sprint down to Bournemouth, broken only by a full English breakfast at Cherwell Valley services.
But Saturday was worth every bottom-numbing mile as we were rewarded with a good, solid away performance in a match we never looked like losing.
In fact, other than for one great save in the first half, Andy Lonergan could have joined us in the stands to watch and admire the rest of the team not giving Bournemouth a look in.
Two well-taken goals late in each half, the first from an impossible angle from David Ngog and the second a classic on the break from Jermaine Beckford, sealed a deserved win and sent us off in good spirits to enjoy the night in Bournemouth, which we certainly did! We found a cracking Indian restaurant, the Mint Leaf and then discovered one of three Wetherspoons, the Moon in the Square, to down a few celebratory pints of the local Jurassic ale and round off a great trip.
There were a couple of nice pieces in the programme.
In 1926, we played Bournemouth and Boscombe in the fourth round on our way to winning the FA Cup that year and we invited a party from Bournemouth to be our guests at Wembley.
More up to date, Cherries fans returning from the Leicester match were given a free pizza on their arrival home. Nice touches on both occasions. Have we turned the corner now?
Away from home, I think the answer is yes.
We’re beginning to look much more solid at the back and starting to create chances.
Now we have to improve our home performances and turn the draws into wins.
That requires us to be more positive and creative.
There is light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s fire it up!