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Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
For the second week running one of the main reasons we lost was the ridiculous team selection by Parkinson. The guy is a fuckwit.

Mark my words, he is clueless and will take us to League 2.

Bread2.0

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Andy Walker
Andy Walker
Far be it from me to defend these ponces, but from the sounds of it, their 'keeper played out of his skin today and we could've easily run out 4-1 winners on another day.

We're obviously not going to walk this league but equally, I think we should have enough to be there or there abouts come the end of the season.

We are crying out for a natural finisher though and we need Clough to (A) stay fit and (B) start converting potential into results.

Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Bread2.0 wrote:Far be it from me to defend these ponces, but from the sounds of it, their 'keeper played out of his skin today and we could've easily run out 4-1 winners on another day.

We're obviously not going to walk this league but equally, I think we should have enough to be there or there abouts come the end of the season.

We are crying out for a natural finisher though and we need Clough to (A) stay fit and (B) start converting potential into results.

You're dreaming.

These players aren't good enough. Howard apart, Parkinson has flooded the team with utter crap. Buxton, Henry and Proctor shouldn't be anywhere near any professional team.

We have no width, no creativity and no one capable of shooting straight.

Ponces.

Cajunboy

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Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly
Don't worry, this is just a blip, we'll soon be back to drawing games!

Bread2.0

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Andy Walker
Andy Walker
Did you miss the bit where it became blatantly obvious that we're skint and operating under a transfer embargo, Tash?

The existing squad was largely poor, so PP and KA had to do something to shake it up and breathe new life into a deflated, dejected and generally shite set-up, all of whom were on top wages.

And that meant bringing in cheap alternatives to replace / supplement the dross we already had.

Signing Messi wasn't an option but neither was sticking with what we had.

It's early days yet and they're still trying to gel as a team, so cut 'em some slack.

Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Bread2.0 wrote:Did you miss the bit where it became blatantly obvious that we're skint and operating under a transfer embargo, Tash?

The existing squad was largely poor, so PP and KA had to do something to shake it up and breathe new life into a deflated, dejected and generally shite set-up, all of whom were on top wages.

And that meant bringing in cheap alternatives to replace / supplement the dross we already had.

Signing Messi wasn't an option but neither was sticking with what we had.

It's early days yet and they're still trying to gel as a team, so cut 'em some slack.

How many times have you seen them to make the assumption they will gel? Honestly, they won't. They are shit.

Yes we're skint, but so are most clubs in this league. Good players can still be picked up. Parkinson chose to buy players he already knew, which is why we're so shit. Proctor was decent 5 years ago. Now he's a fucking bellend.

boltonbonce

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Bread2.0 wrote:Did you miss the bit where it became blatantly obvious that we're skint and operating under a transfer embargo, Tash?

The existing squad was largely poor, so PP and KA had to do something to shake it up and breathe new life into a deflated, dejected and generally shite set-up, all of whom were on top wages.

And that meant bringing in cheap alternatives to replace / supplement the dross we already had.

Signing Messi wasn't an option but neither was sticking with what we had.

It's early days yet and they're still trying to gel as a team, so cut 'em some slack.
I agree. I certainly didn't expect us to take the league by storm,and I'm not going to get too disheartened because we lost to ten man Walsall.
Just one of those days. We'll beat Bradford next week,and be back on track.

This Jack Daniels is good stuff by the way.

Bread2.0

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Andy Walker
Andy Walker
I've not, obviously.

But for the first time in years, we've got an owner who has a vested interest in achieving success (so that he can sell us on and make a profit) rather than just being in it so he can say: "Look at me! I own a football club!", as the previous dickhead did.

Despite my initial misgivings, I've got far more trust in Anderson than I ever had in Saint Edwin and I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt for now.

Better players will come, I'm sure of it.

But we've got to get the accounts filed and the embargo lifted first.

And then hopefully get the foreign investment he's already alluded to.

Chillax, babe.

boltonbonce

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Didn't seem confident down Walsall way.

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Bread2.0

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Andy Walker
Andy Walker
I'm getting my hair cut in Leigh from now on.

Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Bread2.0 wrote:I've not, obviously.

But for the first time in years, we've got an owner who has a vested interest in achieving success (so that he can sell us on and make a profit) rather than just being in it so he can say: "Look at me! I own a football club!", as the previous dickhead did.

Despite my initial misgivings, I've got far more trust in Anderson than I ever had in Saint Edwin and I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt for now.

Better players will come, I'm sure of it.

But we've got to get the accounts filed and the embargo lifted first.

And then hopefully get the foreign investment he's already alluded to.

Chillax, babe.

I have no problem with Anderson. My problem is with the manager and the shite players he's brought in. I'd rather have had 3 good players than the 12 utter shite players we've signed.

The fact remains that if the manager is going to accept a performance like Buxton's last weekend then it's clear we are doomed.

We will be down by February.

scottjames30

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
We need to up our game, I'll give PP one more game until I get the banner out.

boltonbonce

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Bread2.0 wrote:I'm getting my hair cut in Leigh from now on.
Don't bother. She made me look like Blackadder. Shocked

karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
boltonbonce wrote:
Bread2.0 wrote:I'm getting my hair cut in Leigh from now on.
Don't bother. She made me look like Blackadder. Shocked
Maybe he should try changing the colour instead?

terenceanne

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El Hadji Diouf
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It's not total doom yet but it does seem like business as usual....... lost at home to a bunch of Everton kids...followed by three draws and now the traditional away loss. 
Still second in the table but the slide is on alright. Now Bradford is a must win IMO.....not because we need the points early in the season but for confidence going forward for the next few weeks.

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First half was absolutely dire no tempo and no creativity with a few aimless punts towards Proctor invariably running astray. The 3 behind Proctor - Ameobi, Taylor and Henry, seemed to drift around with no set positions which led to them all doing next to nothing. The whole team was anonymous really - particularly Vela and Trotter who should have dominated the likes of Adam Chambers - in fact  the only one to make an impression was Ameobi who was complete shit.

The second half started better with far more urgency, the change of shape meant we actually got some width from Vela (playing RWB really) the problem was on the other side Andrew Taylor was either dead or unwilling to run beyond which left us with no penetration down that wing at all - Moxey should have got on much earlier.

James Henry looks a player, tricky, can beat a man and has a good cross on him, but he needs help. Clough's introduction certainly helped, they linked up well and Trotter came into the game too after strolling around all first half he got about a bit and played some great passes. We need Clough, Henry and Trotter/Spearing every game to be effective IMO.

Ameobi continued to frustrate and should have been taken off, the shape fell away towards the end of the game and it seemed nobody had a proper position, Wheater in midfield for instance. But we barely created any clear cut chances, it reminded me of England Iceland.

Referee was beyond a joke, Andersen sending off particularly laughable as his first yellow he'd been waved to come on by the 4th official. Couldn't wait to send him off, I think he's a sociopath. No excuses though we were poor and Walsall were more organised and more up for it. Change is needed.

Howard - 4 ridiculous mistake for their goal, nothing to do otherwise
Buxton - 4 as others have said reluctant to get forward and not great positionally, I'd play Vela at RB 
Beevers - 6.5 Solid enough could have done more for their goal
Wheater - 6.0 Solid enough but could definitely have done more for their goal
A Taylor - 4 needs to provide width, doesnt seem able to run
Vela - 6 awful first half, better second
Trotter 6.5 awful first half much better second if he played like that all game we wouldn't have lost
C Taylor - 4.5 anonymous apart from being elbowed
Ameobi - 2 I don't even know why I'm giving him a 2, he was awful couldn't keep the ball. Offered nothing at all. He must have more in the locker
Henry - 6.5 looked a player second half, not that quick but tricky and could beat a man. Couple of good balls in that deserved more
Proctor - 5 no service, had a few chances but nothing clear cut. 

Clough - 6.5 floated in and out of the game but looked sharp, we need him to stay fit

King Bill

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David Lee
David Lee
Cheers for that synopsis 1874, sounds more realistic than the drivel offered by PP. 

Sounded like we had no midfield today, we've not had one for years, it's one of the reasons we don't score enough goals. 

It's not rocket science being organised and having the ability to keep the ball. Successive managers have failed to spot our obvious weakness, let's hope PP doesn't make the same mistake.

Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
First decent post you've ever made 1874, cheers.

Fabians Right Peg

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Andy Walker
Andy Walker
Can't disagree with anything 1874 said, the whole side looked disjointed, with no one playing a natural role Ameobi was poor as was Chris Taylor.

We did look much better when clough came on, their keeper had a good game and made a couple of great saves.

Referee was a shambles, should have had a pen close to the end and the sending off of Anderson was a joke.

boltonbonce

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Everything that could go wrong,did. I'm filing it under 'Bad day at the office',and moving on.

Let's hope we get a reaction against Bradford.

karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse

Report: Walsall 1-0 Bolton Wanderers


OVERVIEW

Wanderers suffered their first defeat in Sky Bet League One action this season as they went down by a single goal at the Banks’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The hosts had been reduced to ten men inside 16 minutes as Joe Edwards was sent off for elbowing Chris Taylor in the head, but it was the Saddlers who opened the scoring following a mix-up at the back through Jason McCarthy shortly after.

Phil Parkinson’s side threw everything at their opponents during the remainder of the clash, seeing efforts crash off the crossbar whilst Keshi Anderson was also dismissed for a second bookable offence, but it wasn’t enough as they left empty handed.

TEAM NEWS

Manager Phil Parkinson handed a first Bolton start to Sammy Ameobi, while Chris Taylor was also in from the off for the Whites against the Saddlers.

David Wheater meanwhile took the captain’s armband in the absence of the suspended Jay Spearing.

FIRST HALF

The game began at a canter, with Jamie Proctor shrugging off the challenge of his marker inside three minute on the side of the box, but the forward was unable to find a Bolton head to capitalise.

The hosts were soon back on the front foot themselves though, with the diminutive Erhun Oztumer ensuring that the Bolton defence were on their guard early on with a number of dangerous runs.

It was a fairly evenly contested clash inside the opening stages, although James Henry enjoyed the first real opportunity when glancing a Chris Taylor cross just wide of the mark in the tenth minute.

Proctor also came close, with another Taylor ball seeing his deft header bounce off the crossbar with Neil Etheridge frozen.

With 16 minutes on the clock however, the Saddlers were reduced to ten men as Joe Edwards received a straight red card for elbowing Taylor in the head.

A boost for the Whites who had been on top for much of the game to that point, they went about looking to make their man advantage count.

Against the run of play though, Walsall took the lead as McCarthy bundled the ball home following carnage after a free-kick into the area from the left flank.

The Whites were almost back level immediately, with Buxton seeing a header cleared off the line with the next Bolton attack, the full-back virtually already celebrating his effort only to be denied his first Wanderers goal.

The home side had their tails up after their opening however, and in between various attacks from the Whites were trying their own luck at extending their lead.

Wanderers’ two Taylors almost combined for the leveller with eight minutes of the half remaining, with Andrew finding Chris, but the latter’s eventual effort trickled just wide of the goalmouth under pressure from two Walsall bodies.

Proctor also forced a superb save out of Etheridge with five minutes to go until the break, aiming for the top corner after breaking free of the Walsall defence only to see his shot palmed around the post for a corner.

That was to be the last real action of the first period however as the Trotters went in a goal down.

SECOND HALF

The break saw Wanderers’ first change, with Zach Clough replacing Lewis Buxton with Josh Vela occupying the right-back berth in the latter’s absence.

Oztumer, still a threat for the hosts, tried his luck from distance just two minutes in, only to see his effort clear the goalmouth with Howard untroubled.

The Saddlers had grown accustomed to their ten-man set-up meanwhile and were proving a tough nut to crack for Wanderers as they looked for a route back into the game.

Chris Taylor meanwhile attempted to elude Etheridge with a rifled shot from distance in the 57th minute – one which the keeper had to be on his guard to push away from danger.

It was all Bolton as the clocked ticked over the hour mark, with the healthy travelling contingent sensing that a goal was close as Wheater saw a header cleared off the line.

Walsall on the other hand almost countered with the perfect outcome, only for Simeon Jackson to fail to hit the target after powering downfield.

Jon Whitney’s side were standing firm however, with frustration evident for the Whites as the game entered its final quarter with Proctor seeing a half volley somehow deflected away with a goal looking certain while Wheater’s header was pushed over the crossbar.

With the game inside its final ten minutes, it was all hands to the pump for Wanderers as the Saddlers pulled everybody back in a bid to retain their lead.

Walsall’s penalty area was packed to the rafters inside the closing stages of the game, with Bolton throwing absolutely everything at their opponents in a bid to level and with five minutes added on, it was then or never.

Wanderers’ suffered more frustration too deep in to stoppage time as Anderson received his own marching orders for a second bookable offence.

And despite their best efforts, it was ultimately not enough at the final whistle as they suffered a first league defeat of the campaign.

FULL TIME

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scottjames30

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Nat Lofthouse
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It's not a good result at all, our last three games we've not taken our points, when Bury, our local enemy are pushing to overtake us it's a little bit shit. 

We've just thrown our great start down the toilet.

It's a must win our next game.

wanderlust

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
scottjames30 wrote:It's not a good result at all, our last three games we've not taken our points, when Bury, our local enemy are pushing to overtake us it's a little bit shit. 

We've just thrown our great start down the toilet.

It's a must win our next game.
I still think that giving Niall Maher to Bury was a mistake, especially given what we've replaced him with.

Scunny play their game in hand on Tuesday and if they win that we'll be 4 points and a mountain of goals behind them by the time we kick off against Bradford, so it's very much a must win game if we want to stay in touch. If Bradford beat us, 4 more teams including Bury could leapfrog us in the table and push us down to 6th.

We need some serious improvement to the point that bad refereeing decisions and great goalkeeping performances won't affect us.

Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
wanderlust wrote:
Scunny play their game in hand on Tuesday and if they win that we'll be 4 points and a mountain of goals behind them by the time we kick off against Bradford, so it's very much a must win game if we want to stay in touch. If Bradford beat us, 4 more teams including Bury could leapfrog us in the table and push us down to 6th.

We need some serious improvement to the point that bad refereeing decisions and great goalkeeping performances won't affect us.

You're dreaming, we've more chance of going down than up with this squad and manager.

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Youri Djorkaeff
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Good report 1874, but I have a slightly different view when it comes to Trotter. Admittedly he was shite the first half, but I think he was for a lot of the second half too. I thought he was mentally incapable of passing forward. Always choosing the easier short pass, sideways or back, with the game constantly breaking down. I cannot understand why he did this, because when he did pass forward, he was generally pretty good. Ameobi was a complete waste of space, and should have been taken off as soon as possible, he effectively reduced the team by 1.
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