After the lineups were announced there were a few eyebrows raised as to why Pratley and Beckford were in the starting 11. It was a lineup that would have seen Freedman ripped apart. But the majority of fans were going with it, opting for a 'fresh start' minded approach.
I for one was happy to see Lee deployed in the middle and finally seeing Feeney and Danns start in roles much more suited to their ability, but really with Vela lacking game time, Davies and Trotter injured and Medo only just coming back from international duty, Pratley was pretty much the only option.
Although Moxey was a shock, is he really better than Tim Ream?
The game started brightly for Wanderers as fans were in top form chanting about bobble hats and asking for our new manager to 'give them a wave' to which he duely obliged.
The game was quite even really up until Matt Mills stepped up 20 minutes into the first half an buried a header into the back of the net from a Spearing cross. Great times. Happy for Matt Mills who is continuing to have a great season.
I think we had the better of the first half, we continued to create chances and do well in midfield, at the break we were 1-0 up deservedly.
The first part of the second half continued in the same vein. It was good to see Lee and Spearing have good games today, Lee was a lot more useful in the middle I thought. I also thought Danns and Feeney having been played together finally, did well. Andy Lonergan had a fantastic game too. A clean sheet and some more fantastic saves. I think both Lonners and Bogdan have great qualities, it's good to see that when our 1st choice keeper isn't fit we have a quality back up.
It all started to get more intense in the last 10 minutes when on the 82' minute Darren Randolph conceded a penalty which saw him receive a straight red. You would think with how well a Craig Davies has battled away this season, he would play this slightly safer and put a goal away to settle the fans and the team down. But no, he smashed it over the bar in what was a shocking penalty, which put us on the back foot a little.
Now at this point the game seemed to descend into chaos slightly. Neil Lennon was reported to be sent to the stands, with a picture of him emerging in the stands proving this. I'm still not quite sure why this is, neither does BWFC apparently as they tweeted that they didn't know why either! Maybe we will find out later and someone can comment on this during the match report. Maybe he was too passionate? Which isn't a bad thing let me tell you.
We soaked up some late pressure in the dying minutes, but well done to the team holding on for a deserved 1-0 victory away from home.
We couldn't really ask for much more from Lennons first game. Onwards and upwards.