It was a nerve wrecking game at the weekend and we’re still letting it sink in that we won another game, these days it is a rarity, and this being only our 2nd win of the season – we hope we’ve turned a corner and looking to get our season kickstarted.
Tonight, we take on Birmingham City at St Andrews. The Brums have only managed 1 win out of 5, 1 draw and 3 losses, seeing them currently occupying 22nd place with a goal difference of -2. Not a very encouraging set of results, but then again we’re lucky to be where we are too.
We need to take full points from the game tonight to stand a chance at mounting a promotion push. Although a draw or loss isn’t exactly going to kill our promotion hopes, it certainly will reflect badly on Owen Coyle, who admits he understands the fans frustration and that there are probably a handful of games which may determine his Bolton future.
From what we saw in our last game, we certainly don’t have any issues with our attack – we however do have issues with the back four.
You’ve more than likely heard the saying, the best form of defence is to attack, and that’s what we did. To ease the pressure off the back four, we moved forward very quickly on a counter-attack. We score 2 good goals, with Matt Mills and Kevin Davies getting on the scoresheet, with Chris Eagles being the provider on both occasions.
We looked good in the first half – we honestly thought Watford and Gianfranco Zola were going to go home with huge whipping!
We looked sharper than we have done in recent games. This, for us, for now, isn’t a problematic part of the game. From an attacking point of view, we gave it our all therefore we were happy from an attacking performance.
Our defence is a whole different story. The lads have probably worked very hard in the international break to iron out the kinks, get some sort of defence plan in place and get our back four to learn some form of composure when under pressure – however, we very nearly had a catastrophe on our hands in the 2nd half against Watford. One of our own making, as the defence looked like it couldn’t cope with the pressure in the 2nd half.
We really need to calm our nerves when balls are delivered into our box – and gain some composure when we’re being attacked. Silly mistakes have cost plenty since the beginning of the season, not to forget last season – but we’ll leave that at that, we want to eradicate those errors as we should have already learned from similar errors over the last few games.
To put it in short – we need to get a grip! Let’s hope Jay Spearing is in form tonight and delivers the goods just as he did against Watford at the weekend.
So, tonight, St Andrews. We’re confident the lads will go out and get us the points we need to keep our hopes high on promotion. Come On You Whites!
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