A game that which nobody expected a result from, we gave a performance cementing this pre-existing idea. Wolves went into this game knowing that they needed a single point to cement the title, yet as soon as the team sheet was released, it was clear their only goal was the three points. On the other hand, The Whites were sitting just outside the drop zone, two points adrift of Barnsley. A point for Parky’s men would have given some belief and confidence, not only to the fans but the players also.
The opening fifteen minutes were even, both sides had chances to take the lead. Morais’ deliveries seemed to be troubling the Wolves defence from set-plays, Bolton just couldn’t find the opening goal. After Barry Douglas opened the scoring after 16 minutes, the home side’s heads seemed to drop.
After another goal before the break from Benik Afobe, the writing was on the wall for Bolton and it was clear that it would be a long and difficult road back.
Filipe Morais, a player who I’ve been impressed with this season, not just for his effort on the pitch, but his leadership, determination and clear love for what he is doing.
Conor Coady’s penalty in the 66thminute, saw three things happen:
1. Wolves were on a rampage and were determined to pile on the misery.
2. The Bolton fans had seen quite enough after the stadium was down to less than half the attendance come the 70thminute.
3. Filipe Morais was the only Wanderers player trying to gee his side up and inject some enthusiasm into a team which looked dead and buried.
With a first half chance that whistled past the post, and a free-kick that Mark Beevers just couldn’t quite connect with at the far post, Morais provided the creativity that we have lacked so much lately.
Fil has to be awarded the Man Of The Match award for, as Marc Iles reported, “continuing to scamper around in the second half when it appeared others had given up.” I would like to see Morais start against Burton along with Noone, to provide creativity to Le Fondre. As this must-win game is the most important fixture in the Wanderers’ recent history.
The jury is still out as to whether Morais is playing for his future, or is playing for the club. I believe it is the latter, and would love to see his efforts rewarded with a contract come the end of the season.