|Bolton Wanderers 2 v 1 Fleetwood Town|
SkyBet League One
Saturday, 2nd November 2019 Kick-off 15:00
|dirtydingusmagee added 11:11 - Sep 23|
8ashblue added 13:11 - Sep 23
PJ hasnt built a squad that looks like it knows what its doing. There are passages of good play but it almost seems by accident rather than design. Yesterday Charlton were consistent and kept plugging away even when we had control, almost like they know it would work and of cours eit did.
Both Mills and Mathie have been able to provide insight in their commentry and solutions to Town's problems. I'm sure they'd make a good team with Klug and put some smiles back on our faces!!
ChrisFelix added 16:51 - Sep 29
We score & then sit back hoping that the opponents wont score. The strikers are never mentioned.
Sorry to say we are club heading down. Need a new manager to motivate
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cbower added 19:05 - Sep 29
A rather confusing midfield line-up from PJ with central players Hyam and Drury occupying the "wide" midfield berths and N'Daw and Martin the central roles in a reprise of last year's early season diamond formation. As a consequence, we were narrow but generally effective in nullifying Barnsley's attacking play in the first 45 with the hosts limited to some hopeful crosses and long range efforts on the whole. Apart from Loach being bundled into the goal, the Tykes were not especially threatening. Town played the better football and led from the sixth minute when a training ground move involving Martin, Drury and Creswell saw the latter's freekick squirm under Alnwick's body and into the goal. Murphy's well struck shot on the turn went straight to the keeper and other than than that, Town's hard work never really created too much that could be described as clear cut. All too often, the play would break down. Indeed, on two ocassions we had the ball on the edge of Barnsley's box and without losing possession, the ball eventually ended up at Loach's feet only to be aimlessly launched forward! On the balance of play, perhaps we deserved our half-time lead......just.
Hyam was replaced by Luongo at the interval (presumably an injury) and the formation stayed the same. Tactically, Barnsley changed their approach. They moved the ball much quicker in the second 45, continually spreading the play from side to side. Town's midfield worked hard to contain without really putting in anything that amounted to a serious looking tackle. The referee was prone to giving free-kicks for very little throughout and as the home side pressed, we picked up several bookings for inoccuous looking challenges.
Even though we were generally under pressure, the boys still had several opportunities in the second period. Chambers forced a decent save from a corner and most obviously Ellington, on for Scotland, headed over when he seemed destined to open his Town account. Martin also miscued a further effort wide.
However, as the second half progressed and with Ainsley on for N'Daw (had to be an injury?), the boys got deeper and deeper. The home side struck the inside of the post, had numerous sttempts blocked, forced Loach into two fine saves and generally we rode our luck to say the least. The Tykes finally breached our defence with 15 minutes to go with a really well taken volley that Loach could only palm into the goal. Thereafter, we simply could not retain possession and when we did get the ball, there was no outlet and the ball simply kept coming back time after time. I think every Town fan just wanted the final whistle to go and get out with a point. In summary, OK first half, outplayed second half. Off to the league leaders for the Blues midweek - a point would be a good outcome on this showing.
Loach - some good saves and a decent showing. Not really commanding though
Edwards - usual effort from Carlos. Exposed by the narrowness of the midfield far too often in the second period
Creswell - joint top scorer!!!!!! Not reaching last year's standards but reasonable today
Chambers - solid, brave and won his share
Higginbottom - Won lots of aerial ball, good positional sense. Improved the back line
Hyam - worked, chased and harried. Out of position though but missed in second half
Drury - see Hyam. Looked really tired by the end
N'Daw - did Ok first half. Moves the ball well. If PJ took him off for tactical reasons then this was a error. We surrendered the midfield thereafter.
Martin - run, run, work, pressure. Can't ask for more from Lee except for a bit more end product infront of goal
Murphy - when he jumps he is effective and can be quite a threat. Is he brave enough to put himself in where it really hurts in the six yard box? - I don't see it myself
Scotland - good effort and hold up play although he can hang on to it a little too long. Had a couple of sights of goal but didn't pull the trigger quick enough. Went off too early for me.
Luongo - neat, tidy but the diamond doesn't suit him.
Ainsley - chasing shadows in midfield. It's not his position and it showed
Ellington - probably should have scored but his general play didn't impress neither
Thanks for reading
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