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MATCHDAY LIVE: Crewe Alexandra 2 Bolton Wanderers 3

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The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author

Marc Iles, chief football writer

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    swager123 9:53pm Tue 26 Aug 14

    Armitage93 wrote…


    We just can't hold a lead. We need more protection and tenacity in midfield when we get a lead, because the back 4 has little protection at times

    No , What we need is a new manager , Lol .

    Score: 11
    Rowboti04 9:03pm Tue 26 Aug 14

    I think it's quite clear where the problems are on the pitch. According to BBC Sport in our 1st 4 league games the highest percentage of possession we have had is 50% vs Watford. The other 3 games have been around the 40% mark, with our match vs Boro being a measly 38% and so far today we are on 40%. This is not good enough.

    That's why we need to play 5 in midfield. That extra man can win, or at least challenge the 2nd ball and we can start from there. Players like Mason and Chung Yong Lee are excellent players when we can actually get hold of the ball. Any defence would crack under so much pressure and it's no surprise that ours usually does. As for the 3 in midfield. When fit, I'd have Spearing, Holden and Mavies. If no Holden then Josh Vela. Let's just keep the ball first instead of tossing it up to Craig Davies and hoping.

    Score: 2
    Armitage93 7:57pm Tue 26 Aug 14

    Awful start, but what do the tactics look like... Passing around more or playing direct?

    Score: 1
    Allmylife 8:02pm Tue 26 Aug 14

    Beckford couldn't finish his dinner never mind that chance!!

    Tactics - none!

    Score: 0
    dafkaren 8:27pm Tue 26 Aug 14

    Ii anyone creating anything through midfield oh just heard we have equalized

    Score: 0
    dafkaren 8:28pm Tue 26 Aug 14

    Is anyone creating anything through midfield oh just heard we have equalized

    Score: 0
    Armitage93 8:28pm Tue 26 Aug 14

    Goes to show what a bit of build up play can do doesn't it, rather than going route one all the time. First goal from open play this season, lets hope it gives us a confidence boost. Come on Whites!

    Score: 2
    Armitage93 8:29pm Tue 26 Aug 14

    Also good to see a goal coming from midfield, exactly what we needed from Pratley that

    Score: 1
    Riggermortis 9:30pm Tue 26 Aug 14

    Pratley has found his level, another hopeless signing who dougie clearly rates unbelievable!!!!!

    Score: 2
    Armitage93 9:41pm Tue 26 Aug 14

    Beckford showing what he can do. Last season his run of goals got us out of a tricky spot, can he do it again? Let's hope so. For me Mason wasn't good enough the past few games, get Beckford in there and hope he takes one of these chances Dougie has been saying we've been missing!

    Hopefully onwards and upwards, Leeds the real test. Had more of the ball this half, limited them to little chances, and now bagged the winner. Take note Douglas!

    Score: 0
    dafkaren 9:46pm Tue 26 Aug 14

    Yet another 2 goals conceded oooohh

    Score: 1
    Armitage93 9:46pm Tue 26 Aug 14

    We just can't hold a lead. We need more protection and tenacity in midfield when we get a lead, because the back 4 has little protection at times

    Score: 1
    Riggermortis 9:49pm Tue 26 Aug 14

    Who are we playing Barcelona?

    Score: 2
    Lowtonandy 9:57pm Tue 26 Aug 14

    Some light relief though..........my dons 4 utd 0 !

    Score: 2
    dafkaren 9:58pm Tue 26 Aug 14

    We need leadership both in defence and in midfield oh it so frustrating

    Score: 5
    swager123 10:04pm Tue 26 Aug 14

    Lowtonandy wrote…


    Some light relief though..........my dons 4 utd 0 !

    My dons ? Lol

    Score: 1
    Allmylife 10:05pm Tue 26 Aug 14

    Armitage93 wrote…


    We just can't hold a lead. We need more protection and tenacity in midfield when we get a lead, because the back 4 has little protection at times

    As to holding a lead - this lot can't hold their breath - but wish they could!!

    Score: 0
    Lowtonandy 10:06pm Tue 26 Aug 14

    swager123 wrote…


    Lowtonandy wrote…


    Some light relief though..........my dons 4 utd 0 !
    My dons ? Lol

    Oooooppps!

    Score: 0
    Armitage93 10:10pm Tue 26 Aug 14

    For Leeds away I think Dougie needs to ignore pressure from the fans and go back to his favoured 4-2-3-1 with Beckford alone up front. We need to be solid at the back with a poacher up top. We clearly can't hold on to any form of lead, and for me thats the only way in the short term where we can improve. With a few more solid performances, maybe then we can open up to a 4-4-2. However right now, I feel the team isn't ready for this 4-4-2.

    As I write this, Beckford grabs a second! Just goes to show what a poacher we already have. Be positive my fellow Wanderers fans, we do have some good strikers. We just need the right tactics instilled from the gaffer, and hopefully we can push on

    Score: -6
    Allmylife 10:23pm Tue 26 Aug 14

    Best formation for Saturday

    Phillips Lee Darby

    And.......

    A vacant seat where Phil would sit.

    Score: 7
    Lowtonandy 10:28pm Tue 26 Aug 14

    Allmylife wrote…


    Best formation for Saturday

    Phillips Lee Darby

    And.......

    A vacant seat where Phil would sit.

    I agree. We always want a Wanderers win but frankly this papers over the cracks. It's Crewe we played bottom of league one with no points and we talk of formations etc. get real we have struggled again against so called inferior opposition.

    Score: 8
    Lowtonandy 10:35pm Tue 26 Aug 14

    Armitage93 wrote…


    For Leeds away I think Dougie needs to ignore pressure from the fans and go back to his favoured 4-2-3-1 with Beckford alone up front. We need to be solid at the back with a poacher up top. We clearly can't hold on to any form of lead, and for me thats the only way in the short term where we can improve. With a few more solid performances, maybe then we can open up to a 4-4-2. However right now, I feel the team isn't ready for this 4-4-2.

    As I write this, Beckford grabs a second! Just goes to show what a poacher we already have. Be positive my fellow Wanderers fans, we do have some good strikers. We just need the right tactics instilled from the gaffer, and hopefully we can push on

    Couldn't poach an egg. Sorry I just don't share your optimism but wish I could. Get set for the Beckford bromance with Leeds fans on sat.

    Score: 4
    Riggermortis 10:52pm Tue 26 Aug 14

    God help us beckford the poacher 5goals a season

    Score: 4
    steveG 6:10pm Wed 27 Aug 14

    Dougie has created a team to compete at a certain level and the way things are going that's where we'll be, come next season.

    Score: 0

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