The manager of the month curse strikes again for Bolton Wanderers as the five game winning streak came to an end against Peterborough United.
Phil Parkinson made one change going into the game, with Tom Thorpe coming in for Derik.
And Parkinson was forced into another change early into the game. Around ten minutes in, Mark Howard clashed with Peterborough forward Shaquile Coulthirst when throwing the ball out, resulting in a suspected dislocated thumb for our goalkeeper.
On to replace Howard was former Posh 'keeper Ben Alnwick. If there was one game Howard was going to go off injured it would have been this one.
Alnwick came onto the pitch to a chorus of boos and jeers, having cancelled the contract he signed with Peterborough in June only two months later in August.
Wanderers were poor in midfield. Liam Trotter was absent for large spells, and Tom Thorpe couldn't recapture the same kind of form he was in prior to his injury. It seemed cruel to drop Derik, and it may have been a factor into the final result.
It's also clear how much of an influence Jay Spearing has on this team.
Peterborough's midfield dominated the game, especially the seventeen year old playmaker Leonardo Da Silva Lopes, who looks a real talent.
It was Da Silva Lopes who set up the winning goal, playing a diagonal ball across the pitch to full back Michael Smith, who rifled the ball home from well over twenty yards out. Could/should Alnwick have done better? Perhaps.
Bolton grew into the game more in the second half, with Josh Vela forcing a rare save out of Posh goalie Luke McGee.
Substitutes Chris Taylor and James Henry couldn't change the result, with Taylor guilty of missing one of Wanderers' rare chances.
Gary Madine and Zach Clough also failed to find the target with tame efforts.
Wanderers were on the back foot for the majority of the game, and in truth, it seems frivolous to blame the result on the MOTM 'curse'. We were poor.
Bolton head back to the Macron to take on Millwall next Saturday.