Since the Sheffield battering, just 5 weeks ago, Bolton's unbeaten run now extends to 8 games. What did we learn?
Ticket prices; Huge credit to the club for running 'game for a fiver'. With a promotion charge as an incentive, this offer was snapped up by those curious to see what all the fuss was about. Whilst in typically Bolton fashion, the game was a damp squib, hopefully the big game atmosphere of 23000+ and an encouraging promotion battle will entice more fans back. Going forward I do feel ticket prices are too expensive, particularly for those of us who cannot afford a season ticket or due to whatever personal circumstances, can't justify buying one. I'm a big advocate of the twenty is plenty campaign and I hope the club will be encouraged by Saturdays turn out to reduce ticket prices overall going forward.
Gary Madine; The team missed him like a pining lover. Madines absence annoyingly didn't stop the team playing as if was still present. There was a plan B as Parky stated, but for some reason our central defence and midfield didn't bother with it, particularly in the first half. The simple fact is that we need Madine playing for the promotion run in. Hopefully he's fit for Tuesdays game at Southend.
Promotion; I know we should be grounded and remember we're Bolton fans, but I just can't deny that promotion feeling. Sometimes and generally rarely, things just roll for you. Saturday would normally have been a setback. We ended up extending our lead over third place! Fleetwood have stuttered and the teams behind them have got a lot of ground to make up. I don't think we'll wrestle first from Sheffield and I honestly don't care. If we beat a tough and in form Southend on Tuesday and Fleetwood lose, we are up in all but name. A huge game and a big ask but the Whites have done it at Fleetwood and Oxford, so why not Southend? This brings me nicely onto...
Playing away; Four out of our last 6 are away. Normally a cause for concern. Not this season. Over our last 8 games we've had four stonking away victories but drawn three out of four at home. Even the home win over Northampton was a close run affair.
That midfield; Particularly at this level, Spearing and Pratley are a class above the rest of league one. However as the Chesterfield game showed, I'm not convinced with the Spearing/Pratley combo. One or the other, great, but when both play, it is too often an uninspiring meh. We've got both Karacan and Derik on the bench, both of whom can pass a ball. I can't see Parky changing it, but in my opinion it needs changing.
So what do you think? Let's see your comments below the line.