Keith Andrews Takes On The Nigel Reo-Coker "Stand Up And Be Counted" Role

BOLTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 21: Keith Andrews of Bolton Wanderers in action during the npower Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and Derby County at Reebok Stadium on August 21, 2012 in Bolton, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

It seems that as much things change, the less they actually do. Bolton Wanderers have been let down by a lack of scoring and miserable defending this season. Four games into the league, Bolton have allowed seven goals while scoring only four, keeping them on four points with one win, two losses, and a draw.

Now, speaking to the Bolton News, midfielder Keith Andrews has said:

"You can understand the frustration. We are all grown men and we need to stand up and be counted.

"There will be an inquest into why we performed like we did and that should be led by the manager.

"But any player worth his salt should be doing the exact same. We need to look in the mirror as individuals and then collectively we need to get in and sort this out because we're not where we need to be at the moment."

Now, if you're saying to yourself: "this sounds familiar." You'd be correct. As Bolton Wanderers faced relegation last season, Nigel Reo-Coker used pretty much the same exact words.

Prior to Bolton's 2-1 away win at Villa Park last April, Nigel Reo-Coker took to the microphones and told the news outlets:

"It's really time to stand up and be counted, and see the seriousness of it. Every game is a cup final. That's the reality we're facing.

"You just want your teammates to really step it up now. We can't keep making excuses. This was a game we should have won and the draw feels like a loss."

Now, following Bolton's frankly terrible loss away to Hull City, Andrews has decided to be the voice in the papers.

"The fans are entitled to their opinion and if I was one of them, I wouldn't be overly enamoured with what I was watching.

"I thought we were second best in a lot of areas and, in the main, didn't perform anywhere near as well as we can.

"The manager bears the brunt because he picks the team and sends us out there but we all need to look in the mirror individually.

"Not many people came out of the game knowing they had done what they had been asked to.

"It's not just down to the manager, we're all in this together."

"I didn't expect to be in this situation but I'm also not scared of a fight either.

"I knew it wasn't going to be too easy because the three relegated clubs are seen as scalps.

"We need to stand up and be counted now because it's about the characters we have in the dressing room. I keep harping on about it, but we need to do the ugly side of the game.

"If we can match teams for hard work then I believe we'll win games at a canter."

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