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Match Report: Bolton 1 Tottenham 4

One of these guys has stepped up in the run-in.
One of these guys has stepped up in the run-in.

Bolton Wanderers have conceded 73 goals this season. That is really all there is to say.

There was a wonderful moment before the match when Fabrice Muamba was introduced to the crowd. It was emotional. it was inspiring. We miss him.

Bolton Wanderers have conceded 73 goals this season. That is more than two a game.

Tottenham Hotspur came out firing, and created a few chances early. Bolton didn't look bad though. The two clubs looked fairly even. Spurs scored eventually. It was a nice finish by Luka Modric. It never should have happened though. Sandro clearly handled the ball but the referee missed it. Spurs were up 1-0 at halftime.

Bolton Wanderers have conceded 73 goals this season. That's 20 more than were conceded in 2008-2009 under Gary Megson.

Bolton came out aggressive in the second half, creating several chances before finally equalizing through Nigel Reo-Coker. The Reebok was roaring. Bolton then really took control, as Spurs couldn't get the ball out of their own half. When they finally did, Bolton had left the back door wide open. Tottenham scored two goals in two minutes. If we're honest, noone was really surprised by this development.


Bolton Wanderers have conceded 73 goals this season. The most Bolton have conceded since being promoted to the Premier League.

Emanuel Adebayor rounded Adam Bogdan on a breakaway and made it four. The players kicked the ball around aimlessly for another twenty minutes, as the league requires them to do so.

These last couple matches have really depressed me personally. When a club is battling to stay up, you can see it in the way the players carry themselves. You can tell who is going to step up. And it should have happened by now. Nigel Reo-Coker, Kevin Davies, and Chris Eagles have all stepped up in the past few weeks. Mark Davies, Dedryck Boyata, Ryo Miyaichi, David Wheater and Tim Ream have all shrunk from the challenge. That ratio is not going to get it done.

Wigan Athletic conceded 79 goals two seasons ago and stayed up with 36 points. West Bromwich Albion conceded 71 goals last season and stayed up. Those are the only two clubs to allow more than 70 goals and not get relegated in the last ten seasons. That won't get it done this season. Bolton Wanderers have conceded 73 goals this season. If we concede another, we're going down.