The defense didn't hold. It's no surprise I have typed that. The defense didn't hold. The pairing in the first half was Tim Ream and Matt Mills. The pairing for most of the second half was Zat Knight and Mills. And, predictably, the defense didn't hold.
If you read the message boards, you debate where the goals are going to come from. If you read the newspaper, you wonder where the goals will come from. If you sit on the terraces, you scream about where the goals are going to come from. If you comment on our posts, you ask where the goals are going to come from. If you ask where the goals are going to come from, you would make a terrible builder.
Any builder can tell you that the first thing you do, the most important thing you do, is build the foundation. In football, defense is the foundation. The back line is supposed to be the rock. The goalkeeper is supposed to be the rock. At the Reebok, there is no rock. There is small, insignificant sand.
Talk about goals. Bring in wingers. Buy strikers. Play a winger in the middle of the park. Bomb forward with the fullbacks. Go ahead. It's a fool's mission. It's fixing a broken leg with a new pair of shoes. The problem is there for everyone to see. The problem is obvious.
Bolton got a point today from a late equalizer by Alex Baptiste. They got a point at home. But it doesn't solve the problem. The problem is obvious. If a club like ours doesn't keep clean sheets, we don't win matches. It's simple, but will it be solved?