FAN'S VIEW by Alan Houghton: Defeat would have been an injustice

Bolton Wanderers keeper Adam Bogdan

Bolton Wanderers keeper Adam Bogdan

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EARLY arrivals to the Reebok were treated to the flying message from Old Trafford: “Wrong One - Moyes Out.”

Has Sir Alex Ferguson got his pilot’s licence now he’s retired?

The pre-match debate in the Fanzone was fuelled by the pie, peas and gravy on special offer.

Most bets were on a draw.

The team selection produced the usual surprises as Chung-Yong Lee, Liam Trotter and Rob Hall came in for Neil Danns, Mark Davies and Joe Mason, who weren’t even substitutes.

Encouragingly for the future, three youngsters were on the bench.

Wigan were surprisingly poor and ineffective, especially in the first half.

They had the majority of the possession but Bolton’s battling midfield and defence meant they did nothing with it.

Bolton had all the chances as Hall and Lukas Jutkiewicz brought good saves from the popular Ali Ai-Habsi before the two combined to put us one up.

It was another bright start from the Wanderers.

In the second half, it was Bolton Wanderers versus Al-Habsi as he pulled off a string of saves to twice deny Tim Ream and keep out efforts from Hall, Jay Spearing and David Wheater.

Then, incredibly, in the last few minutes we nearly lost it.

Late substitute Nick Powell took his goal really well and then Alex Baptiste gave away yet another penalty in added time and it was left to Adam Bogdan to rescue us.

It would have been an injustice if we had lost this match as we dominated until the final two minutes.

Bogdan was a spectator until called upon to save the penalty.

But if you don’t take your chances, then victory is not guaranteed.

It was another encouraging performance against one of the better teams in the Championship and only one defeat in the last 10 matches. Now for a Yorkshire treble.

I hope that the trouble which kicked off after the match is not a sign of things to come.

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