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Immediate Reaction: Bolton Wanderers 2 Middlesbrough 2

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David Ngog! Zat Knight! Jacob Butterfield! Who could ask for more?

Matthew Lewis

Now that is a (sort of) spectacular way to start the new year!

After being down for a majority of the game versus Middlesbrough FC, late substitute David Ngog scored the equalizer in the 90th minute and started 2014 a bit more positively than I thought we would.

Almost everyone was a bit confused at Dougie Freedman's decision to bench all the strikers that scored for us when we played Leicester on Sunday, but keep the same defense that conceded 5 goals. Sure, maybe if we'd kept the strikers and changed up the defense (which, mind you, is pretty impossible with the squad we have) we could have won. But a draw, especially when we were down most of the game, is nothing to be mad about.

Yes, I said that. I know what you're all thinking. "Of course it is, we're paying Dougie to win!" and you're right, we are. But for the time being we're not winning, and the faster we accept that, the faster we see that we're stuck between a rock and a hard place. Then, the faster we'll go back to actually enjoying watching Wanderers football.

Middlesbrough took the lead early on when Carayol beat Zat Knight and soon after, another mistake by Knight (hold your boos, please) allowed Middlesbrough's Main to make it 2-0. Right before the half, Alex Baptiste scored for Bolton Wanderers, cutting the lead down to one.

It looked like that would be the final score because, as always, Bolton seemed to fall extremely flat in the second half, basically losing all signs of life. When it was almost over and we'd accepted (not whole-heartedly, might I add) the loss, out of nowhere comes David Ngog, saving the day.

2-2, and Bolton starts the year not losing.

What more could I realistically ask for?