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January 19, 2010

Apologies for not writing for the last few days, but I went away for a short break to Poland and I could not get anywhere near a computer – too busy meeting people I deeply care about and like to spend time and have a drink with. Four days is barely enough to see them all!

I didn’t get to watch the first game of  Bolton Shitkickers double header, as I was on the way to the airport when it was on – looking forward to someone introducing some popular in-car broadband capable of handling a stream or at least BBC Radio – arrived at the airport in time to check the website to see that we were a comfortable 2 goals to the good.  The score didn’t tell the whole story, which I only got to find out later that night when I tuned in to watch the game on ATVO.  It has to be said that Coyle did quite well to get them to play some football, but did not eradicate the dirty approach we have seen over all these years – Cesc is being referred to by some as ‘having Barcelona DNA’, this lot must have something one would call ‘Bolton DNA’, which makes them resort to their usual kicking the lumps out of our players. Questions must be asked about the referee’s approach – two penalties waved away and no reaction to the case of violent conduct, which was as clear as it gets: how do you get away with trying to get someone on his feet by pulling his hair? I mean, come on ref…

We had a few scares, like Klasnic putting the ball in the net in the first few minutes – luckily, he was just offside and the score stayed level until the 28th minute, when Eduardo managed to set up Captain Fantastic with a clever backheel for his well taken goal. All about placement, just enough power to put it past Jaaskelainen.  The remaining first half minutes produced a few shots on both goals and a couple of bookings, one for each team.

In the second half, Bolton were really up for it right from the off – quite frankly, if I didn’t knew the final score, I’d say we would be lucky to get away with all three points back then. However, we managed to score the crucial second goal in the 78th minute, courtesy of the 63rd minute sub Fran Merida who controlled Eduardo’s cross and lashed it into the far bottom corner. I have to say, the scoreline flattered us a little bit and if they had more clinical strikers, things could have been different, but a result and three points gained away from home are not to be sniffed at. Here’s to hoping that we will do better in th ‘second leg’. More on that tomorrow.

I have to say, I was quite impressed with our young defensive midfielder, Craig Eastmond: no-nonsense play, a bit rough on the edges, but I reckon he may be a better option against teams like Bolton than Denilson who failed to impress in his last outing despite scoring a goal. AW said he was not yet ready, but I think it was more about Denilson returning to fitness than anything else. On the subject of our injured players returning, one has to smile about the return of Clichy – Traore looked shaky and was clearly targeted by their players, being identified as a weak link. It is really strange, given the decent run of games he had – may have something to do with our first choice left back returning to fitness and inevitable return to the subs’ bench, bar occasional cup game.

Thank you for reading, I will be back tomorrow with my thoughts on the sequel 😉