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Immediate Reaction: Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Oldham Athletic


Bolton Wanderers v Oldham Athletic - Sky Bet League Two Photo by Stephen White - CameraSport via Getty Images

If you had seen the comments from Oldham fans prior to kick off, it should have been a comprehensive victory for Bolton Wanderers today. Clearly, they hadn’t seen us play this season.

Bar a bright ten minute spell towards the end of the first half, it was another abject performance by Wanderers, who now find themselves 20th in the table.

One thing I don’t understand is Evatt deciding to drop Andrew Tutte for Brandon Comley. Yes we have quite a hectic schedule coming up in the next couple of weeks, though the midfield looked completely anonymous without him playing. Sarcevic and Crawford are meant to be the driving force, the players with that magical spark to lift the side and create chances for Eoin Doyle. It just isn’t happening.

Why Doyle is constantly drifting out wide is beyond me. It’s so infuriating. I don’t necessarily think he is playing badly - we just aren’t playing to his strengths. He should be the focal point of our attack, not having to drift into midfield our out wide to get the ball.

Why Ronan Darcy hasn’t even been given a chance in the league baffles me entirely. Surely, he deserves the opportunity given the lacklustre performances in midfield.

We’ve scored just three time in six games & conceded eight. The definition of insanity is repeating the same actions over and over again and expecting different results. Evatt needs to just concentrate on getting the basics right and not trying to make us pass & move like Europe’s elite.

The full time result can’t be described as a ‘smash and grab’. McAleny had more than enough chances himself to win the game. Oldham have made almost as many new signings as us and yet, they looked far more like a team than we have so far this season.

A drastic improvement is needed against Ian Evatt’s former side Barrow on Tuesday night.

Positives were few and far between, though new signing Peter Kioso had a good debut. It’s just a shame the rest of the side weren’t playing as well.