FANS VIEW by Alan Houghton: Wanderers 1 Charlton 1

The Bolton News: Dougie Freedman has a big job on to turn things around Dougie Freedman has a big job on to turn things around

VISITING teams must be queuing up to play at the Reebok.

We we continue to give points away as if it is Christmas every week.

Another disappointing performance saw yet another mediocre opposition go away with a deserved share of the points.

It’s not Fortress Reebok, it’s more like the Reebok Grotto.

Eagles returned in place of Pratley and most opportunities came from him in the first half, after what is becoming a characteristic slow start.

Charlton were all over us early on and with better finishing they could have been three up.

Kermorgant’s opening goal came as a result of acres of space being afforded both by our midfield and defence.

This prompted a cacophony of boos from sections of the frustrated crowd.

We fought back and chances were created and squandered aplenty, particularly by Chung-Yong.

Just before half time, our saviour came in the unlikely form of McNaughton who took a pass from Eagles, steadied himself and scored with a measured shot.

We were on top in the second half but chances were at a premium with Mason coming closest to scoring with a header which was well saved by Alnwick. Lonergan had to produce an equally brilliant save to deny Kermorgant again and the game fizzled out into a draw with late cameos from Mark Davies, Jermaine Beckford and Robert Hall failing to produce the happy ending we were hoping for.

This was another poor result at home where we have won only twice in 11 attempts this season.

We seem to have plenty of attacking, creative midfielders, who leave Spearing to get overburdened with the defensive duties and not enough players getting in the box to take advantage of the chances being created.

With the prospect of the third new manager in a row to be faced at Barnsley on Boxing Day and then a run of fixtures against the top clubs on the horizon, things are not looking good again.

The play-offs are becoming a distant dream and bar a decent cup run, the only excitement to look forward to this season will be the battle against relegation. With loans coming to an end and the January transfer window looming, Dougie has a lot of important decisions to make.


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