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7:10pm Wed 29 Jan 14
J J J J says
Have we signed Yannik Bastos now? Says we have on Lion Of Vienna Suite. What is he like? How does he play? Having heard of what he is like how would you describe him?
He had a medical this afternoon and signed all the forms - just waiting on confirmation from the club.
@MarcIles No Dawson in the west brom team ot bench. Surely a good sign?— @armitage93 29 January 2014
@MarcIles Rasiak. Waiting all night for that gem to pop up on the sky ticker.— @TheWandererUK 29 January 2014
@MarcIles Best January signings:Gudni,Holden,Sturridge,Wilshire,Djorkaeff,M.Davies. Marc,I'll have to stop...I'm welling up!— @ppainsworth 29 January 2014
Can't think of a (Wanderers-based) story that I'd rather report on than Holden making a successful return. Really deserves it.
@marciles RT @grantwahl Stu Holden tells me he hopes to start playing in reserve games for Bolton by late February.— @MarkWhyy 29 January 2014
As per the report, Holden will make his way back to Wanderers after the weekend but will remain in the US camp as they prepare for an exhibition game against South Korea. Very encouraging.
Some very encouraging news breaking from over in the States here - Stuart Holden training with the national team!
On loan, of course.
As per the Lion of Vienna Suite, on this day four years ago Jack Wilshere joined Wanderers!
Lukas Jutkiewicz made his debut for Wanderers last night... Here's 10 things you might not know about the on-loan striker. Find out why he's got something in common with Lady Ga Ga and Charlie Dimmock.
4:51pm Wed 29 Jan 14
Worst season since 94!
Im not going to pitch in to should he stay or should he go argument on DF, go want to point out that in this record breaking season, worst defeat since a pint of beer was 72p, worst start of season before jack the ripper was stopping around london, home wins 2, well if (sarcastic if) we dont reach the playoff, this will be our worst season since Bruce Riochs 1st season in division 2 (old Money) in all other season we have been either in the Prem or playoffs or league one winners.
Should a man how keeps breaking records keep his job. over to you BIG PHIL
@MarcIles Puygrenier was a tank!! Khalilou Fadiga referred to himself as the best left footed player at the club, when we had Gary Speed!!!!— @Jakeusmitchell 29 January 2014
@MarcIles Does that mean we're keeping Popescu?— @JennyTonks1 29 January 2014
Funny some of the stuff you trip over in the course of research. In 2011, Mustapha Riga left Wanderers after an undistinguished Reebok career. He's now playing in India for Pune FC.
@MarcIles best Cahill. Fee a risk at time but was an assured presence. Sturridge too. We'd have gone down without his signing. Raziak worst— @19manning83 29 January 2014
@MarcIles Rasiak :(— @clrkd 29 January 2014
@MarcIles Youri Djorkaeff real quality— @BallydehobWhite 29 January 2014
@MarcIles Youri, easily— @andy_sellers 29 January 2014
@MarcIles Mixed bag over the years. Some great loans, couple of very good players and some flops. Probably about average, I'd expect.— @Azreal88 29 January 2014
Look forward to reading them Chris.
@MarcIles I did exactly the same for @LionOfViennaSte and have written on Holden Ngotty, Wilshere &Cahill to be published this week! #bwfc— @19manning83 29 January 2014
@MarcIles Best probably Laville, Wilshere, Sturridge, Dawson, Cahill... people forget Candela did a good job too.— @sbg2592 29 January 2014
Ariza Makakula. Forgotten all about him.
Only thing I remember him doing was clattering Nemanja Vidic.
@MarcIles Javi Moreno has to be up there with the likes of Makakula and Salva Ballesta..here's one for you Dwight Prezzarossi.— @sbg2592 29 January 2014
3:59pm Wed 29 Jan 14
"To make amends for posting the video of the play-off final, here's Fredi Bobic scoring "that" hat-trick... Hasn't been one since."
April 6th, 2002... I was there... Haven't seen those goals since. Thanks for that one!
Who has been your favourite January signing down the years? Found this excellent list to provide a rule of thumb (think transfer window was introduced in 2001/2002, so all signings from there on in would be made in January)
3:52pm Wed 29 Jan 14
MYTH: We have enough money to make sweeping changes to improve the club like sack DF and buy in players who will get us out of trouble.
FACT: We don't.
3:48pm Wed 29 Jan 14
"Worse still I have just sat through 15 minutes of highlights."
Spreading the pain, eh?
Ah... Warhurst... Remember when it was either him or Jon Newsome? Jon is now in the motor industry, from what I was told by a colleague who is a friend of his a year or so ago...
To make amends for posting the video of the play-off final, here's Fredi Bobic scoring "that" hat-trick... Hasn't been one since.
tokyodave doing a passable impression of Rafa Benitez there. FACT.
3:42pm Wed 29 Jan 14
A few myths on this forum need busting...
1) MYTH: We won't get relegated this season...FACT: if we keep losing, we will go down, as will any team. We have won one league match per month of the season so far. At that rate, we'll win four more. That's not enough.
2) MYTH: Low confidence is the only reason we fell apart at QPR. ...FACT: Poor defending is the reason we fell apart last night, and in a lot of games. I was there last night. I reckon there were five defenders and just Austin for QPR in his part of the box, and he still scored. Reminiscent of Reading's 5th or 6th.
3) MYTH: DF has done a good job in difficult circumstances...FACT
: He has been there 15 months and we're in as bad a position as when he took over. There has been no improvement in league position and the gap to the bottom three is fast diminishing. It was in such circumstances that OC lost his job.
4) MYTH: Young players need to go out on loan...FACT: If they are knocking 20 and can't cope with the demands of the basement end of the Championship, they probably don't have a meaningful future in the game. Do we want a back-up squad of Tom Eaves-alikes? Out on loan all the time and still never good enough to get in a team that is hardly brimful of stars when they return? If Clough is as good as his scoring figures suggest, he should be on the bench at least. On the other hand, if DF thinks the Academy isn't delivering, then he should close it down to save cash.
5) MYTH: You can win a game by using your last sub to maintain a 4-5-1 formation when you're 2-0 down at an in-form side that has the best squad in the division.
Freedman facing quite a lot of backlash from fans after last night - continued in the next message...
Where am I going? Do you know something I don't??
3:31pm Wed 29 Jan 14
Ok, granted the players with " championship experience " did make a differenvce back in Oct. however we were in as bad a state then as we are now. Anyone would have made a difference. The fact is we are we're we are . DF should be asked serious questions. Is the defence any better than when he took over ? Is the spine of the team strong ? Do we have a settled best 11 ? Do we have a togetherness and fight within the team ? Do we have a goal scorer ? Has youth been given a decent opportunity ? Do the fans understand what your trying to do with tactics style of play and enjoy this brand of football ? And question DF comments such as those who say we should play two up front are living in the past. Or Moritze is one for the fans and then doesn't play him. Or last nights stupid comment about the fans not complaining when we scored . We are all BWFC fans we want the best for our club. We will be here long after DF and the BEN reporters have gone. DF is not was not and never will be the man for Wanderers it's time for change top to bottom .
"Well, I don't think he should ever referee a game of football again..."
Before you click - fast forward to 11.40 and just listen to Sam Allardyce's comments. Brilliant.
Worse still I have just sat through 15 minutes of highlights.
Just knocked together a few paragraphs on "that" game between Ipswich Town and Wanderers in 2000... B**** K***** and all that.
@MarcIles if jutkiewicz impresses do you think his loan move will be permanent in summer— @bwfc1996 29 January 2014
@MarcIles having seemingly lost out on McNaughton, do you know if we have alternative players we are looking to bring in before Ipswich?— @armitage93 29 January 2014
Reading that Andreas Cornelius has gone back to Denmark from Cardiff City. Never looked like an £8m striker on Saturday.
OK - I'm being told that Yannick Bastos, the Luxembourg international has passed his medical and his signing should be confirmed by the club this afternoon.
He's one for the future but there's an interesting story behind his journey to English football, which I'll divulge later.
Jutkiewicz believes that Jermaine Beckford can help him settle into his new surroundings.
I was with Becks (Jermaine Beckford) for a little while at Everton. He had joined from Leeds in the summer and we were competing for a spot in the squad. We went away and spent pre-season together in Australia. Despite him being a striker and direct competition for a place, we got along very well. Jermaine is not only a top player, but a top guy. Even in my first few days here at Bolton he has helped me a lot. He obviously has that experience and is a lively character - someone I can get on well with. It’s always a big help knowing people when you walk in the door.Lukas Jutkiewicz
Official site has also put out a few words from the new Wanderers signing Lukas Jutkiewicz. Read them here.
@MarcIles Do you think Holden and Moritz is in Dougies plans for next season? Do you know if Moritz is one of the higher earners?— @MollerJakob 29 January 2014
Alex Baptiste has had a chat with the official website about last night's game.
@MarcIles are we going to strengthen the defence heard we've signed a player from France what do you know of him— @cadders1234 29 January 2014
@MarcIles Asking, not arguing - wouldn't a Chelsea loan be better used when promotion/playoffs in reach? Or is relegation threat enough?— @dougchapinjr 29 January 2014
2:38pm Wed 29 Jan 14
I'll stand by Dougie and don't think we should be a club that sack managers left right and centre. We should be aiming for stablility. If we did bring anyone new in i think they'd have similar problems as we have no money and have to cope with what we have.
My one problem with Dougie is his insistance that he loves to bring through the youth but then failing to give them any game time becuase of the situation we're in. We're either -
In a difficult spell so it isn't fair on the young lads.
On a good run so don't want to change things
Playing an important, high pressure cup game so its not fair to throw them in.
If all of the above are correct when are they ever going to get an opportunity? You mentioned earlier that the likes of Clough, Wilkinson and Lester weren't ready and need some game time elswhere and thats fair enough but we all know that Josh Vela is good enough now and should be playing. He played in the premiership and was one of the better players so there is no danger in playing him at this level. Samni Odelusi is another who can perform at this level - why not?
He wants to freshen it up with new signings but could easily freshen it up with the younger lads. It can't get any worse and i actually think the two mentioned are capable. He needs to show some faith in them, they're good enough.
Can't think of too many (although I'm sure people have better memories than me).
Know for a fact DF was annoyed with the lack of concentration on the edge of the box - someone lost their marker, and Henry had far too much space to score. Zat Knight also made reference to it in an interview I'll print in tomorrow's paper.
@MarcIles last year vs Everton in cup.We conceded in last minute from a shot outside area.After match Neville was interviewed saying .....— @glenn_ashworth 29 January 2014
@MarcIles "we'd done our homework and Bolton never mark outside box from corner so we put players there to shoot".At QPR we conceded one...— @glenn_ashworth 29 January 2014
@MarcIles again from same position..Can u ask DF at press conference if he's aware this season how many we've conceded like this??!!— @glenn_ashworth 29 January 2014
@MarcIles Even so a Chelsea youngster would surely be better than some of the current squad. I was thinking Nathan Ake? Just a thought— @Kyle__Martin 29 January 2014
@MarcIles re "transitional season" - Like I said before, fast/cheap/good - pick any 2; since #BWFC committed to cheap, good will take time— @dougchapinjr 29 January 2014
@MarcIles Out of 10 what would you rate our chances of getting Dawson? Does the injury for Ream change DF's thinking?— @SamDuffy 29 January 2014
@MarcIles any news? Are we still owed a loan from Chelsea as part of the Cahill deal?— @Kyle__Martin 29 January 2014
Just noticed a piece from Karl Henry, one of last night's goalscorers - it was his first goal for six years, apparently. Took it very well!
2:12pm Wed 29 Jan 14
Been in transition since Allardyce, Marc. That's our own doing, no manager since Allardyce had properly settled.
Stop this transitional period by sticking with manager for minimum 3 full seasons - that's the only thing we haven't tried since Allardyce left.
Well that's the way I would have it - but I'm not in charge. Except for this blog, which is also in a transitional period.
2:04pm Wed 29 Jan 14
How much championship experience do you think we actually need ? Is two seasons and more in lots of players cases not enough ! The way were heading we will need league one experience !
Look at what a difference McNaughton/Feeney/Danns made in October - three players with "Championship experience" that brought on the rest of the side.
I don't know why, but that infux just seems to work. It'll have to again.
Yes, the old transitional period/season... nothing irks a football fan like it.
1:38pm Wed 29 Jan 14
I honestly can't wait until next season. Unfortunately, this season will be a complete write off and it's vitally important that fans understand this. We won't get promoted, we won't get relegated - that's all that matters at the moment.
Next season will be very, very interesting. We have 5 players out of contract - Holden, Mears, Knight, Moritz and Eagles. Pretty sure all of them will go, certainly 3 will as they don't even play at the moment. I'm afraid Holden will get released. He will be on a lot of dough and although he's a cracking lad a a fan favourite, we'll need him off the wage bill. If N'Gog was earning 32k pw, Holden must be on similar. I know we don't pay it at the moment, but we will when he comes back and it's too high. Unless he re-negotiates to half his current wage, he'll be on his way. Add all them 5 up and that saves near enough 100k per week.
As for incomings in the summer, DF will be busy. I trust him. His signings on a shoestring budget have been good so far, maybe apart from Beckford and Hall. (Why sign someone and not play them?) I'm pretty sure that at this point in time, as bad as it sounds, BWFC's main priority is avoiding relegation and getting to July without spending any more money than needs. Get them 5 off the wage bill and we'll be saving money straight away. That's when Dougie can come into his own and make his own team. Next season will be a totally different season.
It's the horrible old cliche, but this season is a transitional season.
Oh, and as long as we keep hiring new managers every 2 years, BWFC will always be in a transition - and we don't want that, do we?
1:33pm Wed 29 Jan 14
Is there any truth in BWFC getting something out of game very soon???
I have heard the rumour. Checking it out.
1:10pm Wed 29 Jan 14
Changing managers isn't always the option but I'm at a loss as to what choice we have. I never understood why Freeman got the job in the first place, given his managerial stats at Palace - it seemed to me lived off the success of Saha and was (quite rightly) held in high regard by the fans and the club but for his playing career, not his managerial one.
In my opinion, we have 7 or 8 players that are more than capable at performing at a Championship level, we have the stadium, training facilities, a decent fan base (for a small club) so that doesn't leave much else.
The thing that frustrates me with Freedman is his statements of:
"Things will change"
"We just need a bit of luck"
"I know what's wrong and how to fix it"
"We're constrained by Financial Fair Play"
He's been saying this since August and it would be intersting to know what his 'fixed' state is. Is it higher up the league, not in debt, playing better, scoring more goals, conceding less. I don't even think he knows himself.
Whilst it all very well investing in youth players, they certainly aren't the answer to a a short term problem of staying in this league and it's a problem that I don't think will go away for the rest of the season.
Playing devil's advocate (again!) anyone who comes in as manager is going to have the same financial problems. A new manager isn't going to be handed a big budget. Room can be cleared in the summer - the team just have to get over the line this season, IMO.
And they don't make them like Barry Cowdrill any more...
12:50pm Wed 29 Jan 14
Barry Cowdrill would be available to fill the hole at left back - no signing fee, just a pair of boots, some curlers and a hairdryer are needed. Easy.
Failing that stick with Baptiste - he's slightly less bad at left back, than he is at right back. And give some confidence to White by playing him, he'll be better for it.
Certainly the senior Wanderers players I spoke to last night (Knight and Baptiste) felt Hayden had done well. You never know!
12:29pm Wed 29 Jan 14
J J J J says
Here is to hoping for good news and defenders. Defence stretched now with ream possibly out and other defenders need a rest
12:27pm Wed 29 Jan 14
Re Hayden White, isn't his situation similar to Joe Riley? A lot of experience with the reserves and then got thrown in the deep end.
Obviously reserve team action can't compare to the first team in terms of skill level, but you'd hope as a young lad he'd be able to last 90 minutes in at least one game.
Yes, I suppose so. Game Joe was thrust into wasn't as physical as a Championship match. At that stage, we were expecting Joe (and Josh Vela to make the step up). There needs to be a bit of patience shown with the young talents we've got at present, allow them to develop.
That's not to say a few couldn't step up - I personally think they need experience at a lower level first.
12:27pm Wed 29 Jan 14
J J J J says
Youngsters need football in lleague 1 and 2 but they can cut t in the championship. Look at zaha. Williams. Both palace. Both from the academy. Even clyne went from palace academy to premier league with Southampton. He is now playing in the premier league
I think if there was a Clyne, Zaha or Williams in the Under-21s they would be in the side. But there isn't. And that's not being harsh.
Just catching up with some of the comments on our message board here.
@MarcIles marc i find it quite unbelievable that when dougie has filled the team with cast offs and throw aways we will be a better team?— @billywiz8460 29 January 2014
12:16pm Wed 29 Jan 14
J J J J says
Lots being said about strikers being needed. Surely defence is the key. What do you think Marc? Are we remotely close to signing any defenders? Felt Hayden white came in and showed us why he was so highly rated before we snapped him up. Inspiration for other youngsters?
Important to put Hayden White's debut into context. He did well considering the circumstances but I think it would be a massive ask of him to go and play 90 minutes at Ipswich too.
I think the emphasis has to be on defenders. Waiting on word to see whether that is actually the case. Watch this space!
@MarcIles don't understand why bwfc been without a recognised left back since September!— @Cloughie_BWFC 29 January 2014
@MarcIles "four or five who need to go and get some football in League One/Two?" They won't need to leave for that.— @Oceanside1975 29 January 2014
McNaughton has played in five of the last six games for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, so the writing was on the wall. Many of them had been on the left side of defence too - and many fans are pointing out that this is the position Wanderers should perhaps be concentrating their efforts. We'll see...
Still waiting on definitive confirmation on that but of the few people I have spoken to this morning, it looks as if Dougie Freedman will need to look elsewhere for defensive reinforcements.
It appears that the Scot will be kept on by the Welsh club after they pulled out of a deal to sign Wigan Athletic's Ivan Ramis. He is now talking with Crystal Palace, apparently.
A clearer picture now starting to emerge on Kevin McNaughton, who now looks out of reach for Wanderers.
@MarcIles I'd be more fuming about yet another defeat— @TSO58 29 January 2014
@MarcIles sorry but Tierney's injury was in Sept. Even when we brought in K McN that forced us to play Baptiste out of position! Priority.— @HerrityAlex 29 January 2014
@MarcIles What do you think of the reserves you watched the other night? Any capable of stepping up to the first team?— @Pedro1 29 January 2014
@MarcIles With the injury to tim ream, do u think the loan signing of Dawson is inevitable or will we go for a left back?— @craigm1982 29 January 2014
More on the Tim Ream injury story here - and Dougie Freedman fuming after referee Andy D'Urso did not punish Charlie Austin for the challenge that left the American with a broken nose and stitches.
@MarcIles just looked like an innocent clash of heads from where i was sitting. However the limesmanflagged straight away so he saw somethin— @John_Rushton1 29 January 2014
11:05am Wed 29 Jan 14
Is there any truth in rumour we are close to signing mark albrighton?
I'll double check. Quite a lot of people have been saying it over the last couple of days.
@MarcIles I thought he should of got a card or was it just a collision with both going for ball??— @wrightylad76 29 January 2014
@MarcIles was surprised that he didn't receive a card if some form. Looked blatant to me.— @mervynthepanda 29 January 2014
10:46am Wed 29 Jan 14
"why are 30% of the fanbase clueless idiots?"
I think that's a fairly conservative figure considering the stuff I've heard in the 30odd years of watching BWFC :D
I wonder if the fans slagging off DFs in-game tactics are the same ones wishing BSA would return... who also got slagged off for his lack of adapting in-game, as well as his route-1 methods. Thinking of, I can even remember Rioch getting many an ear-bashing for his tactics, too... let's not start on Phil Neal...
Let's be honest, Wanderers fans will never be 100% happy and most will never realise nor understand just how much of a small fish in a big pond we really are. I'm conflicted, to be honest - I'm intrigued by DF's apparent 'softly softly' approach and background developments but on pitch results need to change. It's a fine balancing act given the position we're in.
Tim Ream was left in a heap 15 seconds into last night's game - pictured here receiving treatment. Did you see the challenge from Charlie Austin? Dougie Freedman certainly wasn't happy after the final whistle.
@MarcIles feel we have to stick with DF for the long haul give him time to rebuild. How many players last night were signed by DF?— @cumonuwhites 29 January 2014
It is fascinating to see the balance between supporter opinion at times. Everyone thinks they're right - but hardly anyone agrees!
@MarcIles I don't know what else DF could do last night CD could not play two ninety minute games so he had to go play like that on sat win— @gemchris1977 29 January 2014
@MarcIles I think DF is doing his best considering the clubs financial problem— @bwfc1996 29 January 2014
@MarcIles does Ream's injury spark defensive dilemma or is poor squad management the real problem #bwfc #noleftbacks— @HerrityAlex 29 January 2014
10:26am Wed 29 Jan 14
Good to see the BN is allowing the live comment box Marc. If users behave themselves can we hope for more regular use of it?
As for the squad, both the club and the fans must accept there is no realistic prospect of play-off places this season. No point moaning, let's just get on with it. Hope DF will complete his task of clearing the decks and "recycle" the funds available with experienced championship players, and younger players ready for next year.
I have to keep this brief or I'll be here all day with my 6 point plan for the season!!
Ha! It's something I think we need to look at. We simply don't have the rescources to man a live blog all day, every day but the blog has been quite successful so far, so maybe they will factor that in for their futurre plans? Hope so.
@MarcIles if we can't get McNaughton then which other full backs might we look at? We badly need 1 if not 2. The current back 4 need a rest— @JKbwfc 29 January 2014
@MarcIles Recent points return is abject relegation form,only 4 pts above the drop zone we are in danger of going down, do you think we will— @tedmull 29 January 2014
@MarcIles we ve got to stick with him..we re not going down, we re not going up. Regardless of manager. Wage reduction has to be priority— @WayneGardner6 29 January 2014
@MarcIles Our future determined by financial realities. Fans need to learn patience & accept gradual development of squad & players under DF— @michaelrae6 29 January 2014
I did write a story a few weeks back about DF taking pressure off the strikers by letting them know exactly where they stood, and how their game-time would map out. I'll try and dig it up.
The "three weeks in advance" thing seems to have caused quite a stir this morning. I'm surprised, because DF has never hidden that he plans well, well in advance for every game.
10:14am Wed 29 Jan 14
Chris Merrills says
Time is up for me. I've tried to back him, but its come to a point now where its virtually impossible to defend him. Im really disappointed, it was so promising at the start but his stubbornness and unwillingness to adapt to in-game situations is baffling. He never makes a tactical sub before 60 minutes, regardless of the score, and when he does its the same system with similar players just with fresher legs. The thing that amazes me most is the fact teams are picked 3WEEKS in advance!! How is this deemed to be acceptable? What incentive does a player have to perform if he is told he wont be playing the next two games? How does he account for the form of the other team and their selection issues? He just says the same old tripe every week and its time for him to go!
Very sensible comment Ian.
10:13am Wed 29 Jan 14
Firstly, reaction to last night. Is 2-1 away to QPR really a bad result, given that we have a 'clueless' manager and an awful team, according to some/most fans? I didn't go, but listening to Tower FM and a few snippets from you, it seemed we dominated until they scored with their 1st attack and then we fell apart. It's hardly surprising that we fell apart is it? Given that our confidence is already shot to pieces even before the game starts.
I don't think DF should be fired, not because I think he is a great manager - I don't, but purely because hiring and firing managers hasn't really done us any good the past 4 times has it? All it has done is plough us further and further into debt and get fans more frustrated. This time it needs to change, we need to keep our manager for the long run and suck the hard times up. There needs to be some patience from the fans, because even though we don't hear much from the board, it does seem that they won't be firing Freedman anyway, regardless.
There are things the frustrate me about Freedman and I don't think he helps himself sometimes. Firstly, he doesn't know his best team. When was the last time we played the same team consecutively? I know there have been injuries but he should look to keep a consistent team as much as possible. For example, who is our best forward? We have 3 now, Craig Davies, Beckford and Jutkiewiz. By the sounds of it, Davies played well last night. He is definitely our target man, the one to play in a 451, but he aint gunna score many is he? Beckford can't hold the ball up well enough and Jutkiewicz doesn't really fill me with confidence about goalscoring.
Dougie needs to go back to basics. Get a foothold in each game and work from there. Play 15 minute matches. I also think that there should be a change in attitude to matches, at this point in the season, regardless of who we play, we should, first and foremost be looking to not lose. 1 point is better than 0.
@MarcIles what are the chances of bwfc being bought by a billionaire— @bwfc1996 29 January 2014
@MarcIles I never understood why sordell was sent out on loan. I always felt he was the only striker who knew where the goal was. Recall?— @TimJamesy 29 January 2014
@MarcIles did dougie give you any update on the Graham situation last night?— @WayneGardner6 29 January 2014
@MarcIles considering our promotion hopes are over, do you anticipate a summer clearout? Do you know whos contracts are up in the summer?— @conor_saunders9 29 January 2014
@MarcIles quite a bit of speculation on twitter that mark albrighton is on his way to bolton. Have you heard anything Marc?— @higggeeepop 29 January 2014
Understand he's spoken with the West Brom sporting director but have not heard when they plan on sending him out on loan. Wigan definitely interested but I can't imagine they will be alone.
Crucially, Dawson has indicated to people close to him that he would fancy returning to the Reebok if the circumstances were right.
@MarcIles Had we started chungy/eagles, their pace on the flanks and creativity would have destroyed us. White excellent too— @armitage93 29 January 2014
@MarcIles Solid performance against a promotion side. Tactics were fine - we had great chances and looked solid overall.— @armitage93 29 January 2014
@MarcIles why is Rob Hall not in the team?— @ChrisSmithBwfc 29 January 2014
@MarcIles do you post comments made in the 'comments' section onto the main blog?— @IanRowboti04 29 January 2014
He looked okay last night. I don't like saying it but not necessarily a striker to judge on his goals record - more his ability to bring others into play.
@MarcIles Is Jutkiewicz really the player we need to get those all important goals? It seems like a big step backwards if anything.— @keveh 29 January 2014
@MarcIles why are 30% of the fanbase clueless idiots?— @joner_45 29 January 2014
9:37am Wed 29 Jan 14
Think his times up. He cant get a tune out of the players, said at Reading they were useless, last night said it's a pleasure working with them. He needs to make his mind up or is it all just spin to keep his job. I would say majority of fans feel the same, although most wanted him to be a success, just not happening, sad but true.
Majority of the fans not happy this morning.
How they chased it seems to be the main problem for many fans - with Dougie Freedman criticised for not adopting a more attacking approach, particularly after going two down.
So, last night at Loftus Road. Excellent performance for 41 minutes but then a bit of loose defending and Wanderers were chasing the game.
But Joe Mason did not play for the Bluebirds and the diminutive striker remains on Dougie Freedman's wanted list.
Kevin McNaughton featured for Cardiff City against Manchester United last night and I can't help thinking the chances of him returning on loan to the Reebok are becoming thinner by the day.
On the transfer front, we're expecting the deal for Luxembourg international Yannick Bastos, pictured, to be completed today. He's due to have a medical later on this afternoon.
All sorts of things to debate about the QPR game and what Ream's injury might mean for this weekend. If you've got a point to make, tweet me @MarcIles and I'll import your comment into the blog. Alternatively, we have a comment facility below but PLEASE try and keep the language clean.
And finally, I gave my man of the match to Darren Pratley last night.
Mark Davies was a close contender too - his best 90 minutes since returning from injury.
Freedman was criticised for his second-half substitutions last night but refiused to condemn the travelling support. Read what he had to say after the game here.
Dougie Freedman was dealt a further blow as he lost Tim Ream - the squad's only recognised left back - after just 15 seconds of the game last night. The American left Loftus Road with three stitches and a broken nose and is now a major doubt for Saturday's game at Ipswich.
Good morning all. Welcome back to Transfer Live as we tick down to deadline day. Two days, 13 hours and 55 minutes and counting...
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