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Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Derby County: Immediate Reaction

Don’t let that score fool you, we were far, far worse.

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Well...that was truly shite. Wanderers succumbed to their 2nd loss of the season. They came up against an admittedly strong Derby County team at the Macron Stadium but from the off it looked to be a bad day.

Wanderers conceded both their goals in the first half, both from David Nugent. I would write a bit more about the match but we had exactly 1 shot on target. That was in the dying embers of the game and actually resulted in a goal for Gary Madine so not all bad. In truth, our play didn’t merit a goal but I will take it.

What is becoming abundantly clear is that 352 isn’t working. We don’t have wing-backs in this team and yet we shoe horn a solid but non-athletic defender like Andrew Taylor or a technical winger like Filipe Morais in there. That means we have little option but to attack down the right which teams can then easily defend against. Morais was surrounded by Derby players all game but there was no other outlet. It means Dervite is played instead of someone like Buckley or (eventually) Ameobi.

Whilst I do have complete faith in Phil Parkinson, his reluctance to change this formation despite having another we are well versed in, is poor management. Most fans and even the WanderersPlayer commentary team could see the 352 endeavour isn’t worth perusing. It’s time to see either a flat 4-4-2 or a return to 4-2-3-1. Even if the transition costs points in the short term, I’d rather see it done now than in 10 games time when the damage is done.

There were some standout poor performances of note, namely Mark Beevers and Jem Karacan. Although this would have been unthinkable last year both really struggling in this game. Hopefully just a bad day at the office.

The only player I thought gave a decent account of themselves was Reece Burke. The more I see the more I like. He is very much in the Rob Holding mould: Calm on the ball, solid at the back and a decent physical presence. Hopefully we can see him in a back 4 sometime soon.

It’s relatively short and sweet this week but I really cannae say more than that. We need change and we need it before we go too long without a win.