In the dying embers of Saturday's match against Yeovil Town, Bolton Wanderers had gone down a goal thanks to a stupid mistake from Adam Bogdan. The Trotters had pushed just about everyone forward in hopes of finding a goal or two to rescue a point and hopefully win the match. The team had spurned a number of glorious opportunities to take the lead early on with Chung-Yong Lee, David Ngog, and Jermaine Beckford all missing chances that a five-year-old could have finished.
It was Chung-Yong Lee who was particularly frustrating on the day, getting a number of clear opportunities but only taking the chance to shoot on one of them and putting it right at the goalkeeper when in alone. On 55 minutes, it seems that Dougie Freedman had seen enough and introduced new boy Liam Feeney into proceedings, sending him down the right flank. That changed the match with a winger now producing for other players.
For all of Chungy and Chris Eagles' benefits, namely keeping possession and having an eye for goal, respectively, the pair have been missing a fundamental part of their wing game for some time now. The two wingers seem to be much happier to cut inside and create chances for themselves rather to simply cross in from the flank. With the strikers begging for service as is (despite not finishing any of the chances they've had), it leaves them starving even more.
Feeney's impact was felt not long after his substitution as it was his cross to the far post from the right wing that led to Bolton's equalizer. Admittedly, the cross was a bit far of its mark, forcing Zat Knight to keep it in on the touch line (whether it went over the line or not is up for debate with Yeovil Town certainly believing it did) but it did set up the goal. At the death, it was Feeney once again crossing in from the flank, this time meeting the head of Zat Knight square on but the big defender-turned-temporary-forward could do nothing with it except directing it right to the goalkeeper.
Whether this will see Chung-Yong Lee benched for the Blackpool match or if Feeney comes in as a substitute again remains to be seen. What Feeney does add is another dimension to Bolton Wanderers on the attack, something that has been missing for quite some time. With Rob Hall doing much of the same thing in his appearances, albeit a bit more dynamically, the Trotters can finally have a wing threat once more.
Perhaps this should see Chris Eagles slide into the center of midfield to play off the striker like he did earlier this season. Perhaps it can see Bolton succeed. It would probably be wise for fans not to write players off before they've even kicked a ball.