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We'll Laugh About This in May - Why Losing Last Night isn't a Big Deal

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Photo Gallery: Blackpool 0-0 Bolton Wanderers

I've been doing some research. Fancy that.

As we all know, Bolton Wanderers slopped out of the EFL Trophy/Cup/Shield tournament at the first hurdle, despite dominating League Two Blackpool - going on to lose 4-2.

Post match, the usual doom-and-gloom scenario was being played out on forums and social media, with new and old scapegoats coming to the fore as sure as night follows day. At present count, the loss can be blamed on Chris Taylor, Tom Walker, Gary Madine, Ben Amos and Bear from Celebrity Big Brother.

For my part, I don't think the loss is that bad. Either I'm so used to it by now, given that we are at present count in the middle of the 493rd day since our last away day, or I am growing sensible in my dotage but surely it gives Phil Parkinson a real indication of who he can and cannot rely upon going forward.

That said, losing early on in the League Cup, no matter which name it goes by, will have precisely zero impact upon our chances of doing well this season.

2007 Winner - Swansea City

Knocked out in the Second Round

2008 Winner - Leicester City

Knocked out in the Second Round

2009 Winner - Norwich City

Knocked out in the Second Round

2010 Winner - Brighton & Hove Albion

Knocked out in the First Round

2011 Winner - Charlton Athletic

Knocked out in the Second Round

2012 Winner - Doncaster Rovers

Knocked out in the Third Round

2013 Winner - Wolverhampton Wanderers

Knocked out in the Second Round

2014 Winner - Bristol City

Knocked out in the Third Round

2015 Winner - Wigan Athletic

Knocked out in the First Round

The above teams have shown that losing early on in the domestic cup is no barrier to a successful season and I have full confidence in Parkinson's ability to turn things around at Bolton.

The last few years have been awful from a fan's perspective - and writing about the club has been equally as depressing. Let's hope that our superb win over Sheffield United is the sort of performance that we can expect on a regular basis - starting with Saturday's vital game away at AFC Wimbledon.

I full expect they will.