1) Back on Track
With Scunthorpe throwing away a two goal lead at Tuesday's opponents Gillingham to lose 3-2, a convincing away win at Highbury puts us back on track not just for the play-offs, but the top two. We've shown that we can get results away from home. Good, we've got seven of them left.
2) Phil Parkinson
Even by Bolton Wanderers' standards, this has been a tough week for the gaffer. The Josh Vela-Retreatgate situation only overshadowed the Josh Vela-Tweetgate fiasco just 36 hours before. There was also the whole will-they-won't-they situation with Jeff King and Jem Karacan, with the gaffer waiting to hear from the Football League if he can add new additions to his squad. I can imagine this was a difficult week to keep the players focussed. By the looks and sounds of Saturday's performance, he did absolutely that. Here's to you, gaffer.
3) Filipe Morais
If Bolton Wanderers are promoted, and Bradford City fail in their aim to reach the Championship, Bradford fans have to question the thinking behind releasing Filipe Morais in January, leaving him free to join a promotion rival. He was outstanding at Highbury, with a hat trick of assists, and going close twice himself with efforts from outside the box. It looks as though Morais is hitting form and fitness in time for the season run-in. He could be the difference between automatic promotion and the play-offs come May.
4) Darren Pratley
The club captain, back in the absence of Jay Spearing and Tom Thorpe, was back with a bang. Back in the team roughly two months ahead of schedule, Pratley put in a solid performance for 80 minutes in his first game back. A proper captain's performance. Like Morais, the skipper could be back in time for the final promotion push.
Our fans have come in for some undue criticism for their negativity of late. We've come to expect better performances from the ones we endured at home to Wimbledon and Bristol Rovers, and were rightly critical of the performances in both games. Today, the 1400 strong away crowd was fantastic, and filled the 5000 capacity stadium with noise. Given the chance to double our allocation, we'd have sold it. Our fans have once again showcased their passionate support for the Wanderers. We'll need the White Army in the away games to come, especially if it is in a play-off semi final.