Yet again Bolton Wanderers lined up in a slightly strange formation.
Yet again Bolton Wanderers looked all at sea against a very poor opponent.
Yet again Bolton Wanderers managed to rescue a point when it looked as if we'd walk away with nowt.
It was a very frustrating night at the Reebok Stadium. Manager Neil Lennon sprung a surprise (or not) by changing the side from the weekend's home loss to promotion chasing Norwich City. Eidur Gudjohnsen and Emile Heskey dropped to the bench, whilst Tom Walker and Liam Feeney kept their places despite some poor recent performances.
The game began in similar fashion to the Norwich game, with Bolton under the cosh. Regular complaints included poor passing, limited movement and a general lack of desire from the men in white.
The first goal of the game came from some rather 'unique' Matt Mills defending, as the Wanderers captain decided to leave Frédéric Bulot with all the time in the world to knock an admittedly impressive finish beyond the despairing dive of Adam Bogdan to give the visitors assembled 60 odd fans something to cheer.
Wanderers struggled all night, with usual suspects Neil Danns and Liam Feeney at the forefront of this underachievement. It looked for all the world like we'd see another frustrating Bolton display, until Lennon made the changes that we ALL wanted - Mark Davies and Emile Heskey came on to shake things up and immediately Bolton Wanderers looked like Bolton Wanderers.
With Barry Bannan pulling the strings, and Adam Le Fondre lively up front it was like watching a different side - and begs the question why Lennon left it so late to introduce them to the game. If only he had done it sooner.
It says everything about the game when the most notable moment of the match was when the 12,900 home fans decided to indulge in a little 'firefly' action by using the flash setting on their mobile phones. It distracted from watching Liam Feeney anyway, so thanks for that.
Wanderers did equalise with ten minutes left to go, as Bannan's persistence forced the otherwise-impeccable Charlton defence into a mistake, and Le Fondre finished expertly beyond time-waster extraordinaire Stephen Henderson in the Addicks' goal.
A point was probably just about all we deserved for an hour's worth of listless play in front of a very thin crowd at the Reebok. Let's just put a line through this season and move the fuck on.