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Round 2 - let battle commence!

Following Bolton Wanderers 2-2 home draw with Nottingham Forest, I again attempted to better the result and better the performance of Dougie Freedman.

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.

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Forest lined up thusly:

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The game began.

An early setback - Forest took the lead on 3 minutes through former Sheffield Wednesday man Michail Antonio:

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Devvo'd.

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:

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Half time arrived, and we were one down:

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The stats showed that whilst we had good possession, we didn't do enough up top:

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So, channeling my inner Louis van Gaal, I implemented a switch to an attacking 4-4-2:

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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......

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.....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:

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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:

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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:

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We'll have another post following Tuesday's game at home to Middlesbrough.

COYWM