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Five Things: Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Rochdale

Another win for the glory boys

Northampton Town v Bolton Wanderers - Sky Bet League One Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images

A late winner for Bolton Wanderers - the best kind of winner.

Sportsmanship in Short Supply

Shame on Rochdale. Bolton Wanderers' Andrew Taylor kicked the ball out of play so he could receive treatment.

Common courtesy dictates that the ball should've been returned to Bolton - but no. Rochdale chose to embark on an attack.

Shithousery of the highest order. Shame on them.

It wasn't the only display from the men in red. Constantly chipping away in the referee's ear, not to mention the Home Bargains version of Antonio Conte, Keith Hill, on the touchline acting the prick. Back in your box, little man.

Josh Vela

He's really struggling isn't he? Barely involved and poor when given the chance.

He needs to be put back behind the striker(s) much as he was at Christmas. He thrived in that role and to be thrust back into midfield where he fails to impose himself is a waste of a vital attacking outlet and a real waste of his abilities.

ALF and Gary Madine

They're not showing any signs whatsoever of establishing a partnership and that must be worrying to Phil Parkinson.

Does he change it again and perhaps drop Madine to suit Adam Le Fondre? Does he drop ALF and go back to 4-5-1? I think the latter is most likely.

Unfortunately Bolton do not have the players of sufficient quality to make the most of ALF's intelligent runs, and Madine isn't good enough in the air to pick him out with flick-ons.

So what does Parky do? Rumours still abound that he wasn't 100% behind the signing of ALF and to shoehorn him into the side gives weight to those conspiracy theorists.

Hopefully they can foster some sort of partnerships but on last night's evidence it's going to be a while before they can strike up a bond.

Jay Spearing is an Idiot

A needless booking for kicking the ball away after the goal means that he will now miss the away trips to Bradford City and Sheffield United.

Just when we need him most, he's banned.

What an idiot.

Winning the League

Nights like these don't come along too often.

All the results went in Bolton's favour and it makes me wonder whether it could well be our year.

We ground out a result when it looked like we would end the night frustrated by a well-drilled bunch of shithousing cloggers in the image of their manager.

Games such as the Walsall win are all well and good - but we've needed a decent result against a promotion rival for some time - especially with the impending run of difficult games that we have on the horizon.

It bodes very well.