I'm truly sorry about the delay in writing this post match summary of the Bolton game. I'm just not sure what I can say that has not been said in the press already. This was a special treat for me as I was able to watch the game with my dad. For regular readers of my stuff over the years you will know that I often drive the 20 miles to sit with him and watch the match together. It's something we enjoy tremendously. I have two kids that are getting bigger so my schedule does not always permit the drive time however Saturday was a perfect for me as I headed to San Mateo to watch the match.
We started brilliantly and never let up for 92 minutes. If the ref had any clue and if we would have finished our gilt edge chances this should and could have been ten. The ref missed one stone wall pk, another pretty obvious one and a clear back pass. He was awful, but we weren't. We were good, very good. Little Luis will get most of the praise, rightly so, as the outside of his right boot pass some 30 yards to Downing was a moment of sheer genius. If that shot would have gone in they could have locked up the goal of the season. He was unplayable. The goalie made a good save on that but Kuyt's hustle and Henderson's nice finished put us 1-0 up. I was a touch afraid that we would take our foot off the gas at 1-0 up but Lucas made sure that didn't happen. He was just unstoppable and seemed to be tackling the entire team by himself at times. He was a one man wrecking crew and for me was our man of the match. 1-0 at a halftime was a travesty but Martin's header put the game out of reach by the improving Adam and then that same player scored his third with his right foot. (I didn't' see that coming)
We should scored more and more but failed to take our chances. A silly mistake by Jamie at the end almost spoiled it for about 15 seconds but then I thought back to how good we were. Every player, Martin at right back, Jamie and Agger in the middle, Pepe with his passing, Enrique with his all round game, Downing, Lucas, Adam Henderson, Kuyt, Luis and the subs played well.!
Coates is in today and Poulsen is gone. Today has been a good day.