In light of Bolton Wanderers 2-1 defeat away to Norwich City, I must say that I felt we were unlucky to lose this game, I thought there were periods in the match where we looked good going forward, but (as usual) lacked that cutting edge to take a point away.
If only Max Clayton would have capitalised on his golden opportunity and didn't slice it wide, it could have been a different result. It was a simple one-on-one and he really should have done better.
There were some really good performances on Friday night and I feel that we are improving constantly under Neil Lennon's command. I think we held our own, and if we had that extra little bit of umph I think we could have taken something from it.
We have some things to work on too, particularly going forward I believe we run out of ideas sometimes, especially if the opposition are quite tight and down allow us to pass about. In terms of defence we need to look at our positioning.
Neil Danns, Matt Mills & Tim Ream had poor evenings, with barely a decent passage of play from the three. Mills in particular played his part in the opening goal, with some poor positioning allowing Cameron Jerome a near free-run in on goal.
Mills then fell on his backside and his poor touch almost allowed the dangerous Nathan Redmond to capitalise and make it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time.
A lot of people moan about Darren Pratley. I think he's doing a decent job in an unfamiliar position and I've said it before.
Mark Davies had a great game, I think it's the first time in a while that he's played 90 minutes of football which is a massive bonus for the club. He didn't have quite as much impact as he did in the Brentford game, and if he can keep his fitness I think he has an important part to play.
Chung-Yong Lee was our best outfield player by on Friday. His new lease of life in the middle and fantastic form is great to see. He played some great passes and made some good runs. His positioning for the goal to take advantage of a poor Norwich defence was great and cooly slotted it past Ruddy.
I saw Marc from the Bolton News tweet the following at half time:
Half time memo to #bwfc - give Chungy and M Davies the ball. End message.— Marc Iles (@MarcIles) October 31, 2014
I'n pretty sure that this message was reiterated in the dressing room given the way that the side came out for the second half with a renewed approach to our build-up play.
Even though this didn't work, and Norwich would go on to claim the victory, I believe that the performance of Andy Lonergan is enough to award him my Bolton Wanderers Man of the Match.
Since coming in for the injured Adam Bogdan he has been one of our most consistent player in my opinion.
During the second half Lonners made two outstanding saves, particularly the one where he got a good hand to a shot to tip it onto the post. At times where we could have been 3 or 4 down, he kept us in the game so we could actually compete going forward.
Not only that, he got up for the last corner of the match and almost took advantage of some empty space to score.
I think he deserves it, it was a close call between Lonergan and our goalscorer Chung Yong Lee, but I'm going to give it to the Wanderers keeper.
We get up and dust ourselves off, another big game against Cardiff City on Tuesday.