FAN'S VIEW by Alan Houghton: Days like these make you glad to be a Wanderer

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Would our new found confidence cross the Pennines and extend to away matches?

The answer was an emphatic “YES”.

Happy days are here again just six weeks after our nadir at Reading.

Things didn’t start too well in the Drysalters as they had run out of pies and then managed to give the last gammon away.

However, the manageress rescued the situation by upgrading us to steaks and chucked in a free pint.

Suitably nourished we wandered the short way to Elland Road stadium to be greeted by posters “Thanking Bolton fans for travelling 50 miles to Elland Road” and presumably for paying an extortionate £34 to get in.

The mood was cautiously optimistic pre-match and this was boosted when Dougie stunned everyone and named an unchanged side.

The first half was going nowhere until young Joe popped up to put us one up while we were having our half-time replenishments.

Thoughts were now on whether we could hold our slender lead.

Nobody could have predicted what followed - we came out and started scoring for fun.

Five goals away from home; five different goalscorers. Brilliant. Wonderful. Magic.

It’s days like these that light the spark in our bonfire hearts and make you glad to be a Wanderer.

The atmosphere was terrific as both fans sang tributes to Gary Speed.

The only downside is that our good run has started too late for us to achieve anything this season.

Also, it is being led like last season by loan players. Can we sign these players permanently or will we be back to square one next August?

Or are they giving us breathing space to bring our own young players through?

Whatever happens, it looks like we can enjoy the rest of this season as we play for fun.

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