If this were a Christmas film, Bolton would’ve performed a Christmas miracle, banishing all of the blues surrounding the club and sending Bolton fans home, with a streak ending win, a spirited performance and we could all have have had a better Christmas to celebrate.
This is Bolton Wanderers though. We don’t do things the conventional way. Another spineless and turgid performance summed a record breaking match in which Phil Parkinson has become the second manager in the last thirty years to win just 1 game in 19 attempts. That is disgraceful, no matter which way you spin it.
Peppered with shots right from the get go, the closest thing to a Christmas miracle we got was keeping it to a 1-0 loss. Might be down to the set up though, with a extremely notable lack of attacking impetus in the midfield with Wilson and O’Neil coming in for Vela and Williams. It was defensive if nothing else.
2 moments summed up the game. First of all, Sammy Ameobi’s free-kick which NASA have just announced they’ve spotted reaching orbit. A 25 yard free-kick in a threatening position should at least test the keeper. Nope. The miss summed up a real lack of ability and confidence in the team.
In the dying minutes, Ben Alnwick (Yes, our bleeding goalkeeper) came closest to claiming a much needed point with a close header. Embarrassing though that our goalkeeper had our best chance of the day. Again, this displays our lack of pretty much anything at the moment.
There’s nothing to cheer about on the pitch. There’s nothing to cheer about of it. The worst part is though just how stagnant it is. Nothing looks like changing. There’s no spark of imagination or sign of effort to try and change things for us to see. I hope Santa brings us some fighting spirit and ability for Christmas because it doesn’t look like anyone else is. If that’s isn’t there on Boxing Day against Rotherham, look forward to doing the League One tour again. If we still have a club by then that is.
Merry ******* Christmas Bolton fans. Hope you can enjoy it despite the club giving us nothing to help that cause.