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5 Things: Nottingham Forest 4 - 1 Bolton Wanderers

Bolton hammered at the City Ground

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Here are five talking points from a miserable afternoon at the hands of Dougie Freedman's Nottingham Forest.

1) - We Conceded 4 Goals, Again

In a display of staggering defensive ineptitude Bolton Wanderers shipped 4 goals for the fourth time in six games.

After lousy displays from the defence in previous weeks Neil Lennon attempted to shake up the back 4 with Matt Mills returning from injury, Tim Ream shifting to right back and Twardzik coming in for his first start but at left back.

The decision to play Twardzik proved to be a disaster after his mistake cost us the first goal before he was subbed at half time with a supposed injury.

By then it was already 2-0 as Antonio waltzed unchallenged to slam past Lonergan. Tim Ream was stretchered off before the first half was over and the returning Mills was sent off minutes into the second half for a needless second booking.

It got worse with the introduction of Dean Moxey whose woefully short back header led to the third goal from the penalty spot and then makeshift centre half Emile Heskey tied himself knots to gift Forest a fourth.

With a trip to Middlesbrough to come on Tuesday the remaining available Bolton defenders will have to toughen up considerably if a repeat result is to be avoided.

2) - Ten Games Since a Championship Clean Sheet

Since the 1-0 win at Millwall on December 19th Bolton have failed to shut out the opposition in the following ten league games.

Hopes of a late play off push have been replaced by fears of being sucked back into a relegation battle as we currently sit just 6 points above the bottom 3.

With injuries and suspensions mounting it will be interesting to see how Neil Lennon lines up the defence in midweek following his criticism of Saturday's performance.

3) - Lightweight Midfield

Since the injury to Darren Pratley the whites have looked a little lightweight in midfield. Josh Vela and Barry Bannan have joined Neil Danns in the previous couple of games but Bolton have often found themselves overrun.

Vela's best performances have come from right back where he has looked more comfortable and he has yet to really convince in midfield. Bannan is a nice footballer but again lacks the physical presence needed in a Championship midfield.

Too often it appears the midfield coasts through games and leaves the defence exposed, Danns is the exception here but he cannot be expected to hold everything together on his own.

Perhaps we will see January signing Simeon Slavchev given an opportunity at Middlesbrough with other options limited.

4) - Injury List

Although Neil Lennon refuses to blame the injury list for recent poor results Bolton continue to pick up injuries at an incredible rate.

Andy Lonergan and Tim Ream were the latest luckless pair to be stretchered off on Saturday leaving the whites missing both senior goalkeepers and up to nine first team regulars.

Also the sending off of Matt Mills means we will be without our captain in midweek, however based on his performance at the weekend this may not be such a bad thing.

5) - Dougie Freedman

After his dismissal from the Bolton hot seat Freedman has fallen on his feet by landing the Forest job.

He inherits one of the stronger squads in the league just as he did when was first appointed Bolton manager.

Certainly his best spell at Bolton came in that first season when he led us to within a goal of the play-offs and like it or not he may just repeat the trick at Forest.