Two games without losing, what is going on? This is all rather confusing for me.
So anyway, Stoke City came to town to take on a Bolton Wanderers side who had picked up a rare win in the previous game. Bolton desperatly needed to back up that win with another result, however unexpected it might be to pick that up.
Stoke started the game on top and it looked like it would only be a matter of time until they broke through. But as the half dragged on Stoke started to run out of steam and Bolton grew into the game. By the end of the half he home side were on top.
The second half was a more even affair with both sides creating opportunities but with their respecrive goalkeepers coming out on top. Jack Butland in particular kept Stoke in the game, but you would expect that from an England international.
Stoke will probably feel they did enough to take the points, but so will Bolton.
Jonathan Grounds, after a tough start to his Bolton career, managed to keep £10 million Thomas Ince in check. Josh Vela returned to the side for last weeks impressive performer Gary O’Neil and picked up where he left off.
Joe Allen at one stage was running the show, but Marc Wilson and Joe Williams were eventually able to limit his effectiveness. At the other end it was Christian Doidge who was likely frustrated by the talent Stoke had in goal.
A 0-0 draw is frankly more than we could have hoped for, and to have had the chances to win it is a great bonus. If that can continue against teams without fully fledged internationals in goal then more points should follow.