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ALAN HOUGHTON'S FAN'S VIEW: Humiliation is a huge reality check

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
All routes led to Accrington, ours by courtesy of Northern Rail, for our first ever visit in the modern era, to play Stanley, the club that refused to die.

Our last league visit was in 1945 in the Football League Northern Section.

The steak pudding lunch went down rather well in the Commercial, especially as it was accompanied by Doombar, which allowed us to deliberate in comfort again.

The main topic for discussion was of course the EFL’s decision to appeal the verdict of the Independent Disciplinary Tribunal that they had commissioned to sort out Bolton’s misdemeanours.

Surely, if the EFL have got a more suitable punishment in mind, then they should have had the guts to hear the case themselves and hand down their punishment direct.

The EFL should sort this quickly, so that we will know where we stand.

The Accrington folk welcomed Bolton fans to the Wham stadium, with invitations to their fanzone before and after the match. The Bolton fans were split between the new comfortable Whinney Hill stand and the open Coppice End terraces, where they could huddle together like Antarctic penguins to fight the cold weather.

Hopes were high of extending our three-match winning run, despite the match programme having a 1-0 win for Accrington already printed in their fixture list. Hopes were even higher as Daryl Murphy put us one up, but the match turned on a controversial decision in the 15th minute.

Most fans would accept that it was a penalty, albeit a soft one, but no-one could understand the red card. It brought Accrington back into the match and we went to pieces and never recovered. In the end it was total humiliation and a big reality check in our bid of achieving the impossible dream of staying up this season.

At least it destroys any Doncaster fans’ arguments about wanting to play our youngsters, our two worst defeats of the season having come with the first team.

Nobody has said that it will be a smooth recovery. It will take time with boosts and setbacks along the way. Success will come depending upon how we deal with those setbacks.

This is where the whole club must show character and move forward together. Every cloud has its silver lining and ours came as we drowned our sorrows in the Accrington fanzone after the match, where they only charge a £1 a pint if Accrington win.


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