Bolton Wanderers were always going to be up against it travelling to Bournemouth, who had to win to all but confirm their promotion to the Premier League. But for the visitors to capitulate in the manner that they did last night - especially after manager Neil Lennon promised the players would give the fans a performance to be proud of - was an absolute embarrassment.
On the basis of the performance we got the only player who cares about the fans is goalkeeper Adam Bogdan. The flame-haired Hungarian pulled off a string of excellent saves and but for his heroics we could genuinely have lost the match by seven or eight goals.
Bogdan's brilliance began just two minutes in, as he superbly denied Callum Wilson after the striker had shrugged Tim Ream off the ball like a man taking candy from a child then skipped past the disastrously dire Dorian Dervite and shot goalwards.
That pretty much set the tone for the night. On the quarter hour mark more painfully wayward Wanderers 'defending' allowed Matt Ritchie in at the back post only to be denied by the goalkeeper.
Then just before the hour mark Bogdan pulled off a fantastic trio of saves. First Callum Wilson was given free entry to run on goal only to be thwarted by the hands of the outcoming Bogdan, who dived at his feet. Bournemouth carried on attacking from the resulting corner and Ritchie was again denied by an excellent diving save, before Yann Kermorgant curled a shot goalwards only to see his effort pushed over the bar by Bogdan. His efforts were so miraculous that they even had the Sky Sports commentators talking about a Bolton player, much to the shock of all the viewers who were under the impression that there was only one team playing at Deans Court.
The big Hungarian had already made six or seven saves and when Bournemouth finally found a way through him, there was absolutely no surprise that it was through dreadful defending. Liam Feeney was left to try and mark two players at the back post, and only succeeded in allowing Marc Pugh to walk past him and score with ease. If your local Under 10's side had conceded that goal their manager would be going berserk at them.
Bogdan could do equally little about the other two goals he conceded. Non-existent defending saw both assistee Kermorgant and scorer Ritchie do so unmarked, while on the third goal Surman was allowed the freedom of the box to tee-up Wilson, who Dean Moxey then allowed to turn and shoot at will.
The absolute shambles on show in front of Bogdan left him all too frequently exposed, and you have to question whether his performance, and that of his teammate's, will lead him to question whether he wants to be at the club next season. His performances of late, since returning from injury and Ben Amos returned to Manchester United, have been excellent and he's really put himself in the window for a big move elsewhere, should he so wish to move on.
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