With some trepidation and fear, Bolton Wanderers headed to the West Midlands on Saturday to face West Brom, newly of this parish.
We should’ve have been afraid.
Wanderers were brilliant. From keeper to forwards to subs to managers to fans, we were superb and deservedly came away with the three points.
Phil Parkinson gave debuts to Pawel Olkowski (who, from all accounts, was sensational), Magennis, Jason Lowe and Luke Murphy. Wildschut would make his first appearance from the bench later on to terrific effect. Former Portsmouth and Middlesbrough man Gary O’Neil was a late replacement too.
John McGinlay Josh Magennis’ well taken opener - nodded in after a lovely Sammy Ameobi cross, through to Yanic Wildschut’s scrambled winner late on, it seemed that lady luck was on our side.
West Brom hit the bar towards the end, but the result held and Bolton fans were the ones disappearing into the late afternoon sun with the wind in their sails.
What a stunning way to start the season following a summer of turmoil. Well done lads.