After enduring a season-opener to forget against Watford yesterday, Bolton Wanderers fans are quite right to be questioning their team and the manager who made the team selection. None of the players deserve to be considered for a Man of the Match award after delivering a dire, inept and passionless performance against what is a decent Watford side.
I feel it's only fair to focus on the negatives of yesterday's shambles. Darren Pratley had possibly the worst performance I've ever seen from him - and that takes a lot of doing. He looked like he was still on a beach on his summer holidays and, given the amount he earns, that is wholly unacceptable. I want him gone from my football club.
Chung-Yong Lee looked equally non-plussed at pulling on the Wanderers shirt for the new season. I'd be more than happy to sell the pathetic Korean, and bring in someone who wants to play. My first choice would be youngster Zach Clough, but I know that this isn't going to happen.
Meanwhile our defence, supposedly strengthened with Premiership experience, was totally at sea. Dean Moxey had an absolute nightmare of a debut - nearly gifting Troy Deeney with a goal after just 15 seconds. He was awful yesterday, and frankly looked like he hadn't played for six months.
But part of the problem was the midfield - why does Freedman insist on playing Jay Spearing and Medo Kamara when they do exactly the same thing? Namely, not attacking, not creating chances, and not even offering any protection to the defence. Moxey and Kevin McNaughton needed help when Watford attacked, yet they rarely received it from the wingers nor the central midfield duo. One particularly hilarious first-half moment saw McNaughton surrounded by FOUR Watford attackers, with no teammate within 15 yards of him.
So, with all the negatives out of the way.. I think the two most positive Wanderers performers were Liam Feeney, when Freedman finally saw sense to put him on at half-time, and Craig Davies. Feeney proved that he is the only player we have that offers defences a threat - he runs at players, actually wants to receive the ball (unlike Lee) and looks to get crosses into the box. He has to be the first name on the teamsheet every week.
Davies, meanwhile, received a lot of abuse from Bolton fans yesterday but he really was faced with a thankless task up front on his own. When the ball did go within ten yards of him he won the ball in the air, put himself about and was unlucky not to score with the only chance he had late on in the second half. How can your lone centre forward only be given one chance in 90 minutes? This just shows how shocking our midfield was yesterday.
Away from Bolton, the Man of the Match has to go to a Watford FC player, and I thought Matej Vydra was a class above anyone on the pitch yesterday. Whenever he got the ball he struck fear into the hearts of the Bolton defence and no-one got to grips with his clever movement all match. On top of that he took his goal superbly, and I firmly expect to see him at the top of the Championship scoring charts this season.
Vydra's strike partner Troy Deeney also impressed in a Watford team that looks to be one of the best in the league, but I have to give Man of the Match to the little Czech striker.