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Norpig

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John McGinlay
John McGinlay
Not much creativity in that midfield with Trotter and Thorpe

MartinBWFC

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El Hadji Diouf
El Hadji Diouf
Norpig wrote:Not much talent in that midfield with Trotter and Thorpe
Edited for you

Norpig

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John McGinlay
John McGinlay
works either way Martin  Very Happy

wanderlust

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Alex Perry can play a bit although he is defensive mid, but there's no chance he'll get off the bench for tactical reasons. Really think they should play Derik in midfield, but again no chance under Parky the Bus. I really hope that they prove me wrong and play a stormer.

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
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Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Shitbags.

karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Natasha Whittam wrote:Shitbags.
Now 2-1!

We are now back in it! cheers

karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Now 2-2! ::bwfcfan::

okocha

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Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly
Trotter subbed and we score inside two minutes....and then another, this time from the goal-machine

boltonbonce

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Great point. Lend me twenty quid. Razz

boltonbonce

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
OK djblu,here it is. Very Happy

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boltonbonce

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Be interesting to hear what Parky has to say about Alnwick.

Bread2.0

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Andy Walker
Andy Walker
Top man, Bonce.

boltonbonce

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Bread2.0 wrote:Top man, Bonce.
After recent controversy,I thought it best to show the proof! Very Happy

wessy

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Andy Walker
Andy Walker
A Point Gained a difficult fixture out of the way. I would have taken that at 3.20pm

boltonbonce

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
The Parky effect was always going to make it a tricky game,but by HT I was fearing a thrashing.

I'll take 2-2 all day long.

karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse

Report: Bradford City 2-2 Bolton


IN BRIEF

Wanderers illustrated their battling qualities as they fought back from a two-goal deficit to earn a precious point in their pursuit for promotion against Bradford City.

Second half strikes from stand-in captain David Wheater and Gary Madine levelled matters after an early double salvo from Charlie Wyke had threatened to dampen Bolton's day.

But a solid second-half display, led by a great cameo from substitute James Henry, underlined the Whites’ credentials for a return to the Sky Bet Championship.

TEAM NEWS

Wanderers made two enforced changes from the side that ground out victory against Rochdale on Tuesday evening. 

Jay Spearing’s two-game suspension saw a return to the starting XI for Tom Thorpe while Dean Moxey came in for the injured Andrew Taylor. David Wheater wore the captain’s armband.

FIRST HALF

Over 2,500 Wanderers fans made the journey across the M62 to contribute to a fierce atmosphere at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

The hosts won an early corner after Mark Marshall caused mayhem on the right hand side but the chance was wasted as it was over hit and went for a goal kick.

For the third game in a row, Wanderers played with three at the back, but were finding it difficult to settle into a rhythm due to Bradford’s energetic start.

The game’s first effort on target, however, came from an unlikely source with Moxey snatching onto a loose ball to volley wide from 20 yards.

Adam Le Fondre followed it up with an effort that was comfortably gathered by Doyle moments later.

But Bradford stole the lead on ten minutes through Charlie Wyke. Marshall powered his way through the centre and found Wyke who peeled away to his left before firing goalwards. Alnwick got to the ball, but it somehow evaded him and in nestled into the back of the net.

The playing surface looked heavy and tired and played a part in the goal as the ball seemed to take an ungainly bobble as it made its way to the Wanderers’ shot stopper.

The strike only intensified the Bantams’ attacking intent and they caused Wanderers’ persistent problems down each flank.

Another mistake lead to Bradford’s second goal, with Wyke doubling his tally for the afternoon. Alnwick was left isolated as he came out to clear the ball at the edge of his box. 

But Law won the race and flicked the ball over the advancing keeper affording the former Carlisle man a simple tap-in.

Wanderers earned a corner after Le Fondre’s deflected drive was palmed away by Doyle.

Madine had good chance to reduce arrears after Le Fondre’s constant probing brought about the chance, but the big frontman didn’t strike the ball strongly enough to trouble Doyle.

Again, another good opportunity presented itself when Le Fondre combined with Morais, who put in a searching cross at the far post. But Madine was unable to direct the chance on target.

Wanderers had more about them as the half wore on but rued the missed chances that fell their way.

SECOND HALF

No changes were made during the break by either side but the hosts could have extended their lead five minutes after the restart when full back James Meredith headed over from close range.

A neat move involving Thorpe, Vela and Morais culminated in Madine placing a shot high and wide.

Parkinson made a double attacking substitution shortly before the hour mark with James Henry and Viv Solomon-Otabor coming on for Moxey and Trotter.

Morais moved over to the left hand side with Solomon-Otabor playing on the right.

The change paid immediate dividends when Wheater reduced the arrears. Henry’s free-kick wasn’ dealt with and the ball fell into the path of the big centre-half who guided the ball home on 63 minutes.

Marshall, a constant threat throughout, enjoyed a powerful left footed drive that wnet narrowly wide as Bradford looked to regain their two-goal lead.

Wanderers turned the game on its head with 15 minutes remaining when a superb cross from Henry was met emphatically by the head of Madine who netted to silence the Bantams faithful and send the travelling Wanderers fans into ecstasy.

Since the substitutions, Wanderers looked more potent in midfield and the final third.

Dieng, who had early replaced Clarke, almost put the hosts back in front when his left footed drive cannoned off the foot of Alwick’s right hand post.

Wanderers were looking increasingly dangerous from set-pieces and Solomon-Otabor was unfortunate not to see his deflected drive go past Doyle.

Wyke should have completed hat trick with five minutes remaining when he lost Derik with a smart turn before blasting high and wide over the bar.

Parkinson then made Wanderers’ final substitution with Connor Wilkinson coming on for Le Fondre.

In the first minute of injury time, Madine had a free-header on goal las he connect with Thorpe’s centre, but couldn’t direct the ball past Doyle.

Both sides had to settle for a point but Wanderers’ battling qualities were firmly underlined as they fought their way back into the contest.

FULL TIME

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boltonbonce

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Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Good result considering the half-time score.

Once again it sounds like Trotter was fooking awful. When will Parkinson learn?

MartinBWFC

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El Hadji Diouf
El Hadji Diouf
Poor goalkeeping on both goals, by all accounts we only started playing when Trotter and Moxey went off, speaks volumes really.

Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
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Shite goalkeeper. Bring back Dave Felgate.

Jack Russell

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Nicky Hunt
Nicky Hunt
I didn't think that we was going to get anything after that shite first half performance, good subs second half, thank fuck he took the two clowns off.

Norpig

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John McGinlay
John McGinlay
Parky did create his own problems switching to a back 4 after the 3 had worked so well , but he deserves some credit for changing it and that was a great point in the end

BoltonTillIDie

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John McGinlay
John McGinlay
Yes once the subs were made we were like a different team.  The first 60 mins was embarrassing. Losing every 2nd ball, we were made to look like a non league team.  Moxy appeared to be glued to a spot.  No movement, no nothing. The changes was 100% correct, this was parkys plan B and it worked.  Unlucky not to come away with all 3 points but the draw felt like a win.

Hip Priest

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Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly
Shite team selection, shite first 60 mins, shite goalkeeping. He gifted them both goals but believe me it wasn't just down to Alnwick we were 2 down in no time. Every time they came forward it looked like they would score and we didn't create a single decent chance. A midfield trio of Trotter, Thorpe and Vela meant we got totally overrun and outclassed in the middle of the park and were basically just floundering.
As soon as Trotter and Moxey went off and we got some pace and effort on the pitch things turned around and we could have easily won it in the end.
The worrying thing is in after match interviews Parky blamed the awful first hour on our players being intimidated by the atmosphere in the stadium created by the home fans(they were excellent, admittedly) and a lack of real quality in our passing.
For the first hour our ONLY tactic was hoofball. The Bradford fans (who know what to expect from Parky) took the piss mercilessly, every time our defence launched one into the stratosphere they chanted "Hooooffffffffff." It was embarrassing to be honest.
I'd really love to know what our recent managers see in Trotter, I'm just totally baffled. It goes without saying that the bloke has absolutely no talent whatsoever but he has no redeeming qualities either. He is lazy,unfit,overweight and has no work ethic whatsoever.
After the way we finished the match it would seem obvious that we need to set up differently next week but knowing Parky I'd say he will employ the same starting line up at Sheff Utd.

Bwfc1958

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Shocking defending all round early on and we're lucky it was kept to 2 nil at half time. What Alnwick was doing for their second goal I'll never know. There was no need whatsoever to come charging out for the ball and can't see how he thought he needed to or why it would be a good idea. I just can't understand the thought process. Same goes for Parky in that respect. Why keep picking Trotter? What can he possibly see in him that warrants a place in the match squad let alone the starting line-up. Either Parky is a bit thick or Trotter plays like Zinedine Zidane in training. Having said all that, it shows good character being able to come back from the point of looking dead and buried. If we hadn't equalised, Fleetwood would have leapfrogged us and we can still edge above Scunny if we can win that game in hand. Start like that against Sheff Utd though, and there'll be no way back like yesterday.

Fabians Right Peg

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Andy Walker
Andy Walker
When Henry came on did he play central BTID/HIP?

Does he look to be the answer to a ball playing midfielder that we seem to lack?

King Bill

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David Lee
David Lee
Fabians Right Peg wrote:When Henry came on did he play central BTID/HIP?

Does he look to be the answer to a ball playing midfielder that we seem to lack?

Ho played wide right but drifted into a central role at times when Wilkinson came on as a sub on the left.

Spearing was missed but we've played as bad away from home when he's been available. 

Agree with all the comments about Trotter. His time is up now. Having said that, until he got brought off (to a fantastic reception by the Bradford fans who mistakenly thought Morais was being replaced), Vela was just as bad. Not sure how Marc Iles considered Vela to be a mom candidate.

We got out of jail yesterday and it's as you were for the top three.

I hope that match figures as a wake up call for the Sheffield game next week. If we start flat footed again, I doubt there will be a way back into the game. 

Changes. Vela, who since Clough left, has proved he is lacking midfield qualities, should swap his position with Derik. Trotter replaced with probably Hendry or even Solomon (although the lad is still raw, he looks like he could do a job).

Fabians Right Peg

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Andy Walker
Andy Walker
I take it Morais played wide left, Henry right and Solmon through the centre then?

Solomon seemed to lose the ball a lot against MK away, I can see why Parky has dropped vela back into the middle three, without him there is very little athleticism in there, although he is nowhere near as effective as he was playing further forward.

NickFazer

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Andy Walker
Andy Walker
Thought we started with a defensive mentality and when you do that there is every chance that you hand the initiative to the other side, that's down to Parky, he knew what the atmosphere and conditions would be like and tried to play safe. I understand why and you can't legislate for the kind of howlers made by Alnwick but they could have had 4 or 5 in that opening 20 mins and we should have changed it earlier half time at the latest, if it totally undermined the already fragile mental state of Trotter and Moxey then that is just tough. 

Once the 1st change was made and we got back in it we were a different team, I don't understand why Trotter plays in front of Henry and Moxey has probably played his last game for us unless he has no other choice.

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