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Immediate Reaction: Bolton Wanderers v Bournemouth

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One day on from Dougie's departure Bolton's abysmal league form continued with a 2-1 home defeat to a distinctly average 10-man Bournemouth side.

Dougie may have gone, but Bolton's poor form continued against Bournemouth
Dougie may have gone, but Bolton's poor form continued against Bournemouth
Mike Hewitt

24 hours after Bolton Wanderers' fans wishes were partly granted with the sacking of Dougie Freedman, the players failed to offer a satisfactory response as they whimpered to yet another poor defeat - leaving the club bottom of the Championship with just five points after nearly a quarter of the season. This time they couldn't even beat a side that played with 10 men for nearly an hour.

With Freedman gone, backroom staff Lee Turner and Andy Hughes took charge of first-team responsibilities and reverted to a 4-4-2 formation, but surprisingly selected Jermaine Beckford alongside Craig Davies. Chung-Yong Lee and Mark Davies also returned, with Neil Danns again utilised in an ineffective wing role, this time on the left.

The switch did work in spells today, but the performance of the players in not putting away a Bournemouth side that are far from world beaters served as a reminder of exactly why we find ourselves in such a lowly position. Some of them simply are not good enough, and many of them just do not care.

Bolton did start the game positively and had several spells where they were fully in control, but made the age old error of failing to make their dominance count. Indeed, Craig Davies could have given the interim regime a dream start in the first minute but was denied by goalkeeper Artur Boruc.

And Wanderers were handed a bonus on 37 minutes, when striker Yann Kermorgant was sent off for a rash challenge on Mark Davies. But if Bolton fans thought that would buoy the team on, then how very wrong they were.

Mark Davies unsurprisingly picked up an injury at the end of the first-half, and was replaced by Darren Pratley at half-time. Wanderers fans despaired and so too, clearly, did his teammates as they ridiculously allowed Bournemouth to take the lead immediately after the break. Striker Callum Wilson - who was making just his fifth appearance at Championship level - sauntered through the Wanderers defence and fired through Andy Lonergan's legs to score the opener.

But for once we did see a response from the Whites, who quickly restored parity as Jay Spearing's long range shot took a deflection and looped over Boruc into the net. Wanderers then appeared to be in total control of the game, and nearly completed the comeback when Craig Davies rattled the ball off the crossbar.

The big striker was causing all sorts of problems for the Bournemouth defence with his strength, and he went close with a long range shot that Boruc could only parry to Beckford, who typically put the rebound wide.

But minutes later, where Beckford was wasteful Wilson was clinical as the striker punished Wanderers with a close range finish for his and Bournemouth's second goal. The wastefulness of Beckford is something Bolton fans have become far too accustomed to, and it's a miracle that the striker somehow played the full 90 minutes.

However, he was inexplicably kept on the pitch as Joe Mason came on to replace the impressive Craig Davies. And unsurprisingly, Wanderers failed to get back into the match.

This match showed any prospective manager looking to take on the Bolton top job the real tough task they will have on their hands. The defence is leaky, the midfield offers little support to the defence and lack creativity and our strikers can't score - and we only scored today because of a deflection. Not the ideal combination.

With the international break now kicking in the Bolton board has two weeks to ensure they select the right man for the job. The new manager has to be someone who is able to command the respect of the players, can give them belief and get them playing half decent football. The biggest problem is that they have very little time in which to turn around a team that is devoid of ideas and shot of confidence. Good luck to whoever it may be!