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I’m not usually short of opinions on matters concerning Bolton Wanderers but I have got to admit that I’m not sure what to make of this game, which I found perplexing and full of contradictions. We dominated the match for long periods and created countless chances yet we only managed to score from a free kick and a goalkeeping error.
Despite Swansea defending for virtually the whole of the first half they scored a simple goal before half time whilst we scored our second goal during the one spell in the game when Swansea were on top. Darren Pratley scored our opening goal, which was almost the only thing he contributed to the victory against his former club. Kevin Davies, who has received a fair amount of criticism this season, received a hero’s welcome from the crowd when he was introduced as a substitute.
Mark Davies, who excelled against Liverpool in the attacking midfield role, played deeper with Pratley playing in front of him and Reo-Coker. Bizarrely, when Muamba came on in place of Pratley, he also played the forward role. Should we regard this game as a confidence building extension of the chain of improved results since the turn of the year or was it a lucky victory that undermines the sprouting shoots of hope?
Macclesfield Town, the cream of League Two football just love playing against Bolton Wanderers FC.
The first leg of the FA Cup was quite a frustrating one from a Bolton Wanderers fan’s point of view. The Silkmen kept us contained and limited us to very few chances, and at the sametime they showed guile and attacking flair when they pushed forward.
With both teams already bagging 7 goals between them, with 3 of those coming in our League Cup encounter earlier this season – which Bolton won, the FA Cup replay promises to be an interesting game as we’ve been highly impressed with Gary Simpson’s side so far.
With the replay being played at the Reebok, Bolton have the perfect opportunity to ensure Macclesfield Town don’t progress to the next stage.
You just never know, we may find a perfect opportunity for cup glory this season (yes, we have high hopes!). With sides such as Manchester City already out of the running, Manchester United being drawn against Liverpool, and Arsenal being drawn with Villa – it seems like the majority of the big four will cancel each other out and increase the chances for not only us to seek cup glory, but for lower league teams to progress further and beyond their previous achievements.
Nevertheless, Bolton have a great chance, one that they shouldn’t throw away easily – although if we do progress, we’re going to have to contend with the might of Swansea, who last weekend showed Arsenal how to play football.
God, we never thought we would ever have to say that!
Bolton appear to be getting a tremendous amount of coverage in the sport media at the moment. Rather typically this is down to the run of poor results and the artificial speculation that the papers like to create surrounding struggling Premier League managers, but this is also in part due to the ongoing Gary Cahill transfer saga. This is one story that will keep running until we hear who has landed him – most likely at some point during the January transfer window.
Cahill has developed into a major talent and his performances at international level have essentially confirmed that he is ready to step up to play for a top Champions League level club. This is now a fairly high profile transfer and it is made all the more interesting by the developments relating to his contract and the fact that he is able to move for free in the summer.
We spent most of the weekend keeping ourselves busy, keeping our mind off what had happened on Saturday afternoon. We successfully avoided Match Of The Day on Saturday evening by having a long late-night session on FIFA 12.
However, we knew we couldn’t ignore the scoreline for much longer, and then on Sunday evening it hit us. Even after the game Owen Coyle Junior was rather upset with plenty more Bolton fans self destructing on twitter stating such things we can’t rephrase on this website.
So, so far we have 2 wins, 0 draws and 8 losses. On paper, we should’ve won our games against Norwich and Swansea – Sunderland was always going to be one of those which could swing either way but the fact remains that games are won on pitches – not on paper.
Where do we go from here? Does Bolton actually know what is now needed from them over the next few games? Who is the Weakest Link?
Are you nervous? We don’t mind admitting we are.
Swansea City, newcomers to the Premier League have had a great start to their first season in the almighty Premier League, and we have to agree they’ve put in some good performances and come out with some good results.
However, last weekend saw the Swans take a 2 – 0 lead against Wolves, to let it slip and end the game with a 2 – 2 draw. If this is something to go by then it’s surely a positive thing for Bolton Wanderers, the pressure and a good performance can help things look a little brighter for Owen COyle and his side.
We still feel nervous as this is a situation we didn’t expect to find ourselves in. Neither did any other Bolton fan. However, a win here will help boost that confidence we lacked against a struggling Sunderland side.
Here’s hoping for a win at Swansea. Here’s hoping we can move upwards and onwards.
Bolton Wanderers have announced that all away fans attending the derby game against Wigan Athletic this weekend will qualify for free travel when the club play their first-ever Premier League match in Wales against Swansea City later in the month.
All supporters need to do is simply retain and present their Wigan Athletic ticket stub along with a valid Swansea City match ticket to claim their free place on the Official Travel Club, worth £25.
Tickets for this weekend’s Wigan game, which are now on open sale, are available at a cost of just £20 for adults, while under-16s and over-65s can reserve their seat for £15.
Manager Owen Coyle said: “Since I’ve been back at the Wanderers we have played at the DW Stadium three times and on each occasion we’ve had superb support from our fans, particularly when I think back to the FA Cup tie last season when several thousand made the journey.
“The vocal backing played a big part that evening and it would be great if we could see just as many turn out to support the lads this Saturday. I speak on behalf of everyone when I say that we really appreciate the following we get on our travels.
“Two weeks later we are at Swansea for what will be another testing match, and again we will need the fans with us. Hopefully we can see as many as possible at both games, taking advantage of the travel offer that the club has provided.”
Chairman Phil Gartside said: “Our fans are a vitally important part of our football club and this free travel offer is a further demonstration of our ongoing commitment to them and the role that they play home and away.”
Tickets for the trip to the Liberty Stadium can be purchased at £35 for adults, while all concession seats are priced at £17.50.
Season ticket holders can buy their tickets for this game now, while they go on sale to club members on Tuesday 18 October and open sale the following day on Wednesday 19 October.
To book your tickets, visit Bolton Central in person or call 0844 871 2932. Alternatively book online by clicking here during that respective sales period.
Supporters are advised to note that the club has been allocated 2,000 away tickets for the Swansea game, so this offer will be subject to availability.