Nottingham Forest fan Alex Walker of Lost that Loving Feeling - a Nottingham Forest fan forum - took on the role of Stuart Pearce as we went toe-to-toe using Football Manager 2014.
Pre-match, and I went with a similar formation to that employed in the first game - a 6-1 spanking of Watford. I replaced Rob Hall with Joe Mason for two reasons. One - Mason wasn't in the squad for week one, and Two - I hate Rob Hall.
I also dropped Neil Danns for Medo.
Forest lined up thusly:
The game began.
An early setback - Forest took the lead on 3 minutes through former Sheffield Wednesday man Michail Antonio:
My Wanderers side, however, is made of stern stuff. We soon equalised through Craig Davies, but the gimp of a referee fabricated some bullshit offside decision and disallowed the goal, the bastard:
Half time arrived, and we were one down:
The stats showed that whilst we had good possession, we didn't do enough up top:
So, channeling my inner Louis van Gaal, I implemented a switch to an attacking 4-4-2:
With Rob Hall replacing Medo, and Jermaine Beckford replacing Craig Davies.
It took a little time, and a further minor tweak - pushing Hall and Lee Chung-Yong further forward......
.....but then, as Jim McDonald might say - we took the lead, so we did (Elizabeth) Lee Chung-Yong with the goal. However, I was too busy watching Godzilla on telly and forgot to press 'Print Screen' so there's no photo of that, you'll just have to trust me.
Not wanting to stop there, I gave my boys a pep talk, and everyone's second favourite American popped up with his first goal for Bolton, making it 1-2 in our favour - go on Tim Ream lad:
Most managers would then calm things down.
Not me. I'm a maverick.
I kept the attacking instructions, and we scored again - this time through former Crystal Palace man Dean Moxey, making it 3-1 to Bolton:
I immediately dropped Rob Hall and Lee Chung-Yong back , and changed the team mentality to one of counter-attacks.
We held out, and victory was ours.
Check out the result and some after-match stats here:
We'll have another post following Tuesday's game at home to Middlesbrough.