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It’s only just visible to the eye of Wanderers fans but it is there. That flickering light, a hope in the corner of the eye that Bolton will push on following a season of high hopes and false dawns. For every good result there has been a bad one and consistency has been a major issue to put it lightly.
Is it better to play well and loose in the final stages or play rubbish and score the winner just before the curtain falls? Given our league position, the three points are all that mattered but in terms of enjoyment, I found more to relish in the defeat against Everton than I did in this game. Perhaps we’ll have to wait a while before we can win in style.
As usual it was far from clear which eleven players would start the game. In addition to the vagaries of form and Dougie’s tendency to tinker, there were several players reportedly back from injury and a handful of newcomers to come into the reckoning.
Millwall have banned a 13-year-old boy after he admitted to racially abusing Bolton striker Marvin Sordell.
The England Under-21 striker reported the abuse following Wanderers defeat at the Den in October, claiming he and several other players including Lee Chung Yong, Darren Pratley and Benik Afobe were taunted racially whilst warming up as substitutes during the game.
The Lions said they have banned the teenager for “the forseeable future” but will not hand him a life ban.
Millwall said: “It is our hope that all of us within football, including governing bodies, clubs, players, fans and the media can continue to work together to build on the progress that has been made over many years in effectively tackling the issue of racism in our game.”
The FA are expected to announce their findings of their probe into the allegations of racism made by Marvin Sordell, relating to the Millwall vs Bolton game.
Toby Carter, Sports Editor of the South London Press tweeted earlier today,
During the game on Saturday 6th October, Sordell alleges he and other players including Benik Afobe, Lee chung Yong and Darren Pratley were subject to verbal racist abuse from home fans as subsitutes whilst warming up on the touchline.
Sordell remarked on the social networking site twitter after the game,
Ivan Campo, Youri Djorkaeff, Jay Jay Okocha – these players are all household names within a Bolton Wanderers household and rightly so, these guys where midfield magicians, something we haven’t seen at the Reebok in quite some while. It’s a problem that we have faced for a number of seasons now, and it needs to be put right.
With everyone fit and well (a rare occasion) I’d say, last term our best four in midfield would have been Chung Yong Lee, Muamba, Holden, Petrov (with Mark Davies playing behind the striker should Coyle choose his 4-5-1 formation.) That midfield line up is better than a lot of its Premier League counter parts and I can give examples; Wigan, QPR and even Aston Villa.
Our midfield was hit the worst through injuries last season with Holden, Lee and Muamba all missing a substantial amount of games due to injury. However, clubs get injuries all the time and they have to be dealt with – we couldn’t. With our injured midfielders, we had the likes of Eagles to come in, which unfortunately, isn’t the best thing.
We published a poll last week asking you who you thought will be our top scorer this coming season. We received 206 votes in total, with Marvin Sordell and Benik Afobe picking up majority of the votes placed.
Sordell has had a great start to the Summer by getting a Team GB call up to the Olympics, whilst Afobe has certainly made an impression since arriving at the Reebok. If both can maintain their form over the forthcoming season, we are going to be in for a cracking 9/10 months. Let’s hope both manage to avoid any problematic injuries and keep knocking in the goals to help us get back to where we belong.
What’s quite surprising is that 3 voters actually thought none of the players below were capable of being our top scorer. If you were on that voted for that option, please share with us whom you think will be top scorer.
Do you agree with the outcome below?