I didn't see the game, thank God! But from the moment I saw the team I knew we were going to lose. Tomkins at right back when Bolton have two pacey wingers in Petrov and Lee? Petrov tore Lucas Neil apart a few seasons back playing for Man City and he still has electric pace, something Tomkins is desperately short of, and Lee skinned Spector every time he got the ball at Upton Park last season. What the fcuk was Grant thinking of?
Simple. Bolton are a big team, dangerous at set pieces, like Stoke, so he picked big tall men, but he forgot that Bolton also have pace down the flanks and picked a 4-3-3 formation that offered his exposed full backs no cover what so ever. The team selection was crass. Utterly crass.
That's all I'm saying on the game because I didn't see it. Thank God Wolves were thumped. Thank God Wigan lost, although only by a single goal at Chelsea, and thank God Blackburn and Birmingham shared the points, meaning they are both just about within reach, although our goal difference took another terrible dent.
Mind you, to stay up, I suspect we need Blackpool, Wolves and Wigan to lose the vast majority of their remaining 6 games. Are we too good to go down? Nope. Bolton should have been there for the taking today and they murdered us. Disgraceful.
Aycliffe, if you look in can you email me a fan's eye report from the away terraces. Sorry it was such a miserable afternoon for you yet again. When are you going to give up on going to Bolton? (And on the day of the National too!)