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Immediate Reaction: Bolton Wanderers v Middlesbrough

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Well Bolton are back to losing ways after a 2-1 defeat to Middlesbrough.

Clint Hughes

I mainly feel disappointment and anger about the result, disappointment because we took the lead, only to throw it away just like we threw away a lead on Saturday.

I know for a fact I'm not the only one feeling this way, boos could be heard at half-time and at full-time towards Dougie Freedman, the team and the referee. I know it's very cliche to blame the referee for a loss but the official tonight was terrible, he had a decent first 45 correctly giving both penalties, for a trip on Craig Davies and a Matt Mills handball, but the second period he was truly abysmal, not giving clear free-kicks, particularly on Craig Davies, and giving plenty of soft decisions in Boro's favour, aggravating many of the Bolton fans.

Despite the result there is still a positive to take from this game and that is that we played well in patches, unfortunately this good play was in patches and not constant, so we were limited to sparsely populated bursts of excitement.

Another aspect of tonight's game which annoyed many people, myself included, was the introduction of our substitutes. Not only were they made far too late, the players they replaced were certainly not my first choice to leave the pitch, the removal of Craig Davies prompted boos around the stadium and although Trotter was poor tonight I feel Spearing was much worse, but Dougie wouldn't want to take off his captain despite the nature of his performance.

To round off a pretty poor evening, right at the death Kevin McNaughton injured his hamstring right in front of the Nat Lofthouse stand. The on-loan Cardiff City full-back pulled up after a challenge with a Middlesbrough midfielder, one can only hope that the injury isn't too serious, although McNaughton's reaction didn't suggest that either.

We can only hope we improve for the weekend's trip to Brighton