Bolton Wanderers fan Alan Houghton gives his verdict on the 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town
10:00am Monday 28th October 2013 in Sport
ANOTHER home match without a win, Another wretched performance against a mediocre side.
Any hope of getting out of the Championship upwardly in the foreseeable future is a faded dream.
We are a Championship team and a poor one at that. I hope that I’m wrong but all I can see is a battle against relegation this season.
The Fiji Rugby League World Cup squad were given a warm welcome before the match when they sang their national anthem. They watched the first half from the stand but understandably most of them didn’t bother with the second.
Our goal was a superb free kick from Medo but it was a rare moment of quality from the Wanderers.
There was little creativity or penetration and the few half chances that were created were squandered by poor finishing. Our inability to keep a clean sheet is legendary. Can anyone remember the last time we didn’t concede at the Reebok?
I’m struggling to remember the last time I enjoyed a home performance and came away proud of my beloved Wanderers.
Dougie says there is a fear factor playing at home. What is there to be frightened of?
The fans have been more than patient this season watching successive rubbish performances. In comparison to other Championship teams, we have got a much bigger squad than most, going off the team lists in the programme.
We’ve got a decent squad on paper if not grass. Most other teams have the same financial problems we have, if not worse. Other teams have injuries as well.
But do they have players they won’t see the best of until after Christmas?
Do they have players who can only give them 20 minutes if they’re lucky?
Dougie says he believes in young players. Maybe it’s time he proved it by giving them a real chance instead of a cameo role as too-late substitutes?
Unfortunately, I missed our only win at Birmingham as I was otherwise engaged at the Munich beer festival, rekindling memories of “who put the ball in the Munich net?”
At the moment, that is all we’ve got at Bolton; memories of better times.