Wanderers fans vented their fury as a woeful start to the season continued with yet another defeat and a truly dire performance at the hands of Derby County, who strolled to a 2-0 victory at the Macron.
After a slightly promising performance at Chelsea in mid-week - surprising for a match in which we were out-shot by 28 to 3 - the Whites failed to carry any of the positives into today's game, and simply rolled over and died against a decent Derby side.
Dougie Freedman's team selection saw the useless Owen Garvan come back into midfield while the dreadful Dean Moxey continued at left-back, even though Tim Ream was on the bench. The manager also decided to play Joe Mason as a lone striker, a role in which it seems everybody except for Dougie Freedman knows he can't play. Bolton lined up in a dreadful 4-5-1 formation, with the intent seemingly being to stop Derby playing through midfield. Unsurprisingly, it didn't work.
Wanderers actually started off fairly positively and could have taken an early lead but for Mason being denied a goalscoring opportunity by Richard Keogh's tackle. Yet just a few minutes later the all-too-familiar warning bells began to ring, as Wanderers conceded an eighth minute penalty when Craig Bryson hit the deck. Fortunately goalkeeper Andy Lonergan was once again the Bolton hero, diving to his right to deny Chris Martin from the penalty spot.
But if Wanderers fans thought that moment would spur the side on, how very wrong they were. Martin soon made up for his penalty miss, converting right-back Cyrus Christie's cross from close range shortly before half-tim.
The goal only served to give Derby confidence, as it seeped out of the Bolton side completely. Yet Freedman remained completely oblivious, and only bothered to change things when it was too late. A farcical performance became ridiculous as Wanderers conspired to simply gift a goal to their opponents - for the second weekend in a row. Lonergan took a goal-kick short only to see it intercepted and put the visitors through four-on one, allowing Bryson to feed Martin to double his and Derby's tally.
The Bolton fans boiled over and erupted into deserved chants of "Freedman out" and "Gartside out," as several fans rushed onto the pitch to express their anger at the manager, the board and the spineless team. Wanderers looked like they didn't care today, and something has to change before this farce of a season sees us cut adrift at the bottom of the Championship. Bolton have now lost six of their nine league games this season and face a huge match at Fulham on Wednesday night which could well make or break their season.
It's now absolutely clear that Freedman doesn't have a clue what he's doing. Our players may not be great, but they should be doing a lot better than five points from nine games. The squad looks devoid of ideas about how to score, totally lack creativity - even from the likes of Mark Davies and Chung-Yong Lee - and show no desire whatsoever to play for the club.
In the league Joe Mason is the only striker to have scored from open play, other than his four goals the rest of the squad have only contributed three, and not a single one of our midfielders has managed to get on the scoresheet - after nine matches! The blame can only rest with the manager for consistently not getting the best out of them and deploying naive, inept tactics. The fact that the highlight of the match was the fans invading the pitch says it all, Freedman has to go.
We need to bring in somebody that can inspire the players to want to play for Bolton. Be that youth coaches and former players Jimmy Phillips and/or David Lee, or even, as Twitter seems to be suggesting tonight, club legend Kevin Davies, the reality is that something simply has to change.