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Skuse was the best player for us (and Bru when he came on) Sears was always running, however it was the poorest I've seen Murphy all season - he didn't win any headers and didn't seem to know what else to do ...
unstableblue added 23:19 - Mar 17
We simply had to win. Brentford and Wolves got strong results. And even Norwich pulled a point from the jaws of defeat.
I have to say I am much happier with our style and shape of late. Yes, I think we are fatigued and lack 2 or 3 quality players to really threaten promotion and to put in a great performance, but we are passing the ball and stretching play, and if we can repair our confidence and maybe get McGoldrick back then maybe there's hope.
Tonight 5 players really influenced the game for me, Sears, Skuse, Bru, Tabb and Mings. Many other players had good moments and indeed Chambers had a strong game at right back - seemingly instructed to push further forward.
Bolton were no push overs and had a golden chance via the lively Rochinha. But our passing and chances deserved a goal in the first half. Sears missed a great chance when pressure and a mistake saw him through on goal. Sadly he flashed wide. But why he stood out for me tonight was that although his head initially dropped after the miss, he got back into the game and really pressured Bolton in possession but also showed moments of real quality and a reading of the game. I was disappointed when Varney came on, but I think Mick got that right, Varney put the work in. Sadly he does lack that cutting edge quality and I wonder where we'd be if Marcus had paid the money for someone of a higher level to push the forwards.
Micks other substitution probably won us the game. Bruuuuuuu almost stole the man of the match banner from Skuse tonight despite coming on jn the second half. Our young Mauritian just really grabbed hold of the game and he brought quality control and passing, but also tenacious tackling and hassling. A highlight being a good shot across goal which he created with running.
Speaking of running and shots - step forward Cole Skuse. Oh my word had our erstwhile holding midfielder been on the ready-brek? He had a glow and swagger about him tonight not seen for some time. Much is discussed about how Skuse doesn't work with Hyam, or he doesn't work with Bru. But frankly if Cole played like that every week he'd play well with my mum. He just had his engine going, but also he was running forward and also HAVING SHOTS. 3 at least! 2 in quick succession. My worry is that Skuse now won't perform like that again for months. But good on him.
Bishop had moments earlier when he was getting in between the lines. But he faded and it was right to substitute him. Our England U19 seemed to get a knock and his confidence dropped.
Mings was great. Couple of good wing runs tonight, he's not hitting the heights of earlier in the season, when he's hit the byline and then provide great service, but still he was running and stretching Bolton. It will be a sad day when his inevitable departure comes to pass. He is that quality that the team lacks in certain areas.
Now finally to Tabb – or TABBY as Mick and the Naked Football show would say. He was being set up to be the scape goat tonight. Heaven knows the abuse that was being lined up if we failed to get the 3 points this evening. And yes of course he is really lacking some of the flare and pace his wider role required, but he really did put a shift in, had some runs (ending in weak shot of course). But I was pleased he got his fortuitous goal and the plaudits from his team mates.
Watford will be a much sterner test than Bolton. All players will need to be on their game and Murphy will need to get his cutting edge and close control back. He has been our season and when he isn’t dominating defences our attack get a bit lost. Too many times tonight we didn’t really know how to open up Bolton. The answer came via Mings and Bru and at times Skuse, run at the defence stretch them and get it wide to Sears or Mings or have a go. As always it’s not tocket science football. And I just hope we can get our confidence going, keep the ball on the ground and use the obvious quality of Sears, Murphy, Bru, Skuse and Mings to threaten teams more.
Smith and Berra were better tonight, we were still too open and there were some errors but both made important interceptions and readings of the game.
Now to the night itself – I think the North Stand played a part tonight. It was a woeful attendance for our league position, and also some of the more entertaining home performances against Brum and Wednesday. But I think the songs kept going for longer periods and I do think it lifted the boys, even with the negative of kicking towards the North in the first period.
Anyway onwards and upwards. If we can get 4 points from the next 2 it will be a big statement and might get us into form at just the right.
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