Let's get straight into it.
With the accuracy of an army sniper, the injury curse struck again. With Buxton unable to get fit, right back was the ONE position that Bolton Wanderers don't have cover. So a huge surprise was had when Wilson went off with a knackered hamstring, said no one ever. Who to stand in? Derik NOOO, Dervite or Thorpe nope, Vela, well yes, but that of course means a change further up the field. I can't think of anyone else though and with Vela at right back, that means a potential change to 442 is out the window.
2. Central Midfield/Striker dilemma;
Since Stuart Holden got injured, Bolton have never had the players to succeed with just two CMs. Despite having enough midfielders to fully man an NFL team, we've always needed three in the middle to avoid being overwhelmed. The main reason is a painfully obvious lack of pace. Another problem is that three in the middle means only one up front and when that one is Madine, unless the rest of the forward line are assisting with goals, we can't score in a month of Saturdays. We need two strikers up front to take advantage of our transfer window signings. But will that expose us in midfield? Maybe one of Spearing/Derik/Thorpe with Vela can do the business? Thing is, Vela might now be needed at right back...
3. Filipe Morais;
Where did this guy come from? I was genuinely surprised that this fella started on Saturday. Coming towards the end of his career and released by Bradford, this journeyman winger looked a squad filler cert to be limited to sub appearances. Either he had the game of his life, new club boost and all that or Bradford have made a big mistake. He was really good. Bolton and Moxey in particular, really suffered in the second half when Morais went off. It will be interesting to see if he can play like this in the next game. Needs to get match fit, but so far, looks a great signing.
4. Forwards for wingers;
It doesn't always work. Ameobi revelled at it, but in my view, Clough, Clayton and probably Long, die a death out there. We've got three genuine wingers in Morais, Henry and Solomon-Otabor. Let's just use them eh.
5. Gary Madine;
Is he just not good enough or has he just got the the most thankless task in the team? I can't honestly decide. Madine was totally isolated against the MK Dons. Whilst he was getting no help whatsoever through the middle, he couldn't take advantage of the service provided by Long and especially Morais. Indeed it was Long who actually managed to connect with a Morais cross, although it went well wide. Could having Long or Alfie or indeed Clayton up front with him, ignite his performances. Who knows. It'd be good if Parky can find a system where we have two up front. We will see.
As ever, let me know your views below the line.