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Immediate Reaction: Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Bolton Wanderers

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Well that was bad - or was it?

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One thing that we all wanted at the start of the campaign was a good start.

We thought it was simple - we couldn't be half as bad this year as the previous three - could we?

Well following on from tonight's 0-0 borefest with League One bound Blackburn Rovers, the jury is well and truly out on the start of Bolton Wanderers' 2015/16 Championship campaign.

Manager Neil Lennon sprung few surprises with his line-up, again choosing to leave dynamic young midfielder Josh Vela on the sidelines in favour of his pal Neil Danns. Liam Feeney would come in to replace Tom Walker in what was the only other change.

You all know how the game went - it was 0-0 with barely a shot in anger for either goalkeeper to save. Blackburn had the best chances of the first half when wantaway striker Jordan Rhodes wasted three good headers on goal. Wanderers, again being generous with their defensive marking, allowed one-time transfer target Shane Duffy to miss three free headers himself.

The less said about our attacking play the better. We again failed to play to Zach Clough's strengths - instead insisting on a boring and predictable long-ball approach with Gary Madine the unfortunate recipient. He got little change from two monstrously tough centre halves but each time Wanderers persisted with the ridiculous tactic.

We hardly forced their keeper into a save all night - only finding out with five minutes to go that he was actually pretty poor. Emile Heskey had one shot and managed to find the only defender on the line. In fairness the defender read the shot well, but an empty net should always be punished. Heskey made a big difference when he came on and surely must be a candidate to replace Madine next week.

So overall it was a frustrating night, but positives can be taken. We didn't lose, and Neil Danns and Liam Feeney both played reasonably well for a change.

So onward and upward - a point away from home given our record is hardly a disaster, but it certainly wasn't pleasant to watch.