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Bolton Wanderers
February 23, 2009

Wow, I feel like the sun has just come out. It's just extreme relief, as I soak it in and warm up after a grim, gritty winter. I needed that. Everyone needed it.

West Ham are sneaky good at the moment. Zola is supposed to be very into the coaching side of things, as is Steve Clarke, rather than the Wheeling and Dealing like some managers are at this time of year. They've moulded West Ham into an organised team that makes good decisions most of the time. I think they'll beat better teams than Bolton, home or away. This was a very, very good result.

February 19, 2009

Normally, I look forward to FA Cup weeks. Bolton won't be involved so I can enjoy the Six Nations and Carry On Cricket in the West Indies. And this season has been smoother than last, hasn't it? My eye was drawn to Bolton's results and fixtures. Five points through ten games, four wins in November, seven points since. Peaks and Valleys, and by my count, we're due a peak.

Looking at the fixtures, there's a great opportunity to scrabble for safety:

West Ham (H)
Newcastle (H)
Stoke City (A)
Fulham (H)
West Brom (A)
Middlesbrough (H)

Those are games that you want to be winning if you're staying up, and getting the ball rolling at home against West Ham (without Ashton and Carlton Cole) is important, especially after the no-show at Goodison. Megson needs some momentum.

February 13, 2009

Animals know these things. If you take a trip out into the frozen countryside today, you can see that something big and bad is coming. Death is everywhere, smeared on the roads and hanging in the air. Self-Preservation is the order of the day.

But don't tell Tony Adams. It seems to me, he never truly understood what it was all about. Right from his appointment, he was always very open with the media, talking about transfers and training and his players. Would Sir Alex ever let an outsider into his bunker?

Never. It's all about looking out for number one.

February 7, 2009

3-0 is a drubbing. It doesn't matter what the circumstances are, how many chances were made and squandered or how many refereeing decisions went the wrong way, when you concede three and don't score you can't complain. You're clearly second best.

To be fair to Gary Megson, he's very good at holding his hands up and facing facts. Right from when he arrived, he was as surprised as anybody and acknowledged he wasn't the fans first choice. It was refreshing, (sort of), and ultimately Bolton stayed up.

And the press loved it. Big Sam always gave good quote, but was known to be prickly with the press, as evidenced by how he froze out the BBC after Bung-orama. Gary Megson, on the other hand, was more than happy to talk to the press, because after all, he was more than happy to be in a job.

The whole World must be laughing at us right now.

First, we can‚..t produce a half-decent English manager for our national team, and now the whole country has been brought to its knees after a foot of snow, spread over a week.

And it‚..s only going to get worse, or better, depending on who you listen to. The only responsible thing to do is get outside and start digging yourself a bunker. Self-preservation is the order of the day.

The next immediate crisis is a critical grit shortage. I hear Gloucester has completely run out, but the local council are sitting on the information, hoping it doesn‚..t leak out. Because, of course, if it does, it opens the door to all sorts of looting and pillaging across the West Country.

If you‚..ve been paying any attention to the Premier League, you‚..d know that the Grit Shortage isn‚..t a new thing, but that shouldn‚..t be a problem at Goodison Park today.

February 3, 2009

Time's up, pens down. Close the chequebooks and pass them to the front. And shut the window on your way out.

What a mess it's all become, giving high-rollers like Spurs just a month to correct the summer's mistakes and giving pseudo-contenders like Arsenal just a month to add the final piece. Oh, and of course there's Manchester City...

At the other end of the Premier League Food Chain, The Big One had to keep Roque Santa Cruz chained to a radiator for a whole month. And it's not as if he's the only one desperate to keep hold of his crown jewels.

Which makes Bolton's only major transaction of the window more puzzling.

February 1, 2009

January, yuck.

It‚..s a horrible, long month, filled with cold, wet, revolting nights. It‚..s enough to sap anyone‚..s sense of humour.

So, maybe I should let Gary Megson have his moment, after a morale boosting win and some rare Bolton goals at the Reebok. Shouldn‚..t we all just get on board? We‚..re all in this together, right?

The performances have been pretty good, and the results would have matched if it hadn‚..t been for a bit of bad luck, right?

I don‚..t think you can call it bad luck when it‚..s happening every week.