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Immediate Reaction: Colchester United 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

A fourth successive defeat for Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers v Forest Green Rovers - Sky Bet League Two Photo by Andrew Kearns - CameraSport via Getty Images

So, another defeat & more defensive mistakes on show for a lacklustre Bolton Wanderers.

With injuries to deal with, Ian Evatt made a few changes to the starting line up - with Jak Hickman & Ali Crawford being handed starts.

As has been the case in all the games, Wanderers had their chances, but again failed to put in the right service for last season’s League Two top goalscorer, Eoin Doyle.

With the game level heading towards half time, Wanderers conceded at the worst possible time. Tom Eastman was left with far too much space inside the box to head Colchester into the lead from a corner. Another goal conceded from a set piece for Bolton. Santos was the man to blame this time for losing Eastman too easily.

Five minutes into the second half, Wanderers thought they had equalised as Alex Baptiste headed in from Comley’s cross. Sadly, it was chalked off as Baptiste was deemed to be offside.

With twenty minutes to go, Jevani Brown beat Baptiste for pace and was able to easily chip the ball past Crellin, who was too far off his line & in no mans land.

Another disappointing defensive display for Wanderers, with simple mistakes leading to another defeat. You have to wonder whether it’s worth giving Harry Brockbank a chance in the back three or bringing George Taft back in, who hasn’t played since giving away a penalty against Crewe.

Of course we have to remain patient during the early stages of the season. A whole new squad, new manager & new style. But we’re not going to start getting results until the players can get the basics right.

Nathan Delfouneso & Jak Hickman were the standout players for Wanderers, who now lie just outside the bottom three on goal difference.

Plenty of work to do to ensure we see a better display when Wanderers face Newport County at the UNIBOL next Saturday. Time will tell whether Ian Evatt can bring in the attacking player he wants in time.