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Bolton Wanderers  royally shafted Queens Park Rangers today on their return to the Premier League by beating them by an eye popping 4-0. QPR sit bottom of the “Barclays Premier League” on the opening day and Wanderers own top spot, if only until tomorrow.

Bolton ran out deserved winners at Loftus Road, however, the scoreline certainly flattered the whites (in black and yellow strip). In fact, it looked as if QPR had taken the lead just 70 seconds into the new season when DJ Campbell put the ball past Jaaskelainen only to see his effort ruled out for offside. (footyfive, all season £18)

A scrappy first half from a Bolton point of view saw QPR looking more like the established Premier League team out of the pair. I am not going to repeat the to-ing and fro-ing and flow of chances which you have already scanned elsewhere, it is enough to say Kevin Davies does not look like a goal threat up top. The opening 45 minutes were not really noteworthy other than a moment of brilliance from Gary Cahill which brought the opening goal from 25 yards.

The second half was somewhat bitty but seemed to spring to life when Danny Gabbidon turned a Petrov cross into his own goal to put Wanderers 2-0 up. What seemed like only moments later Ivan Klasnic was there to make it 3-0 after a Kevin Davies flick on. At this point Wanderers started to look more comfortable and began to turn up the heat. With 12 minutes to go Muamba made it 4-0 and the points were in the bag. A great finish from the usually goal blind midfielder after a good assist by Ivan Klasnic. Petrov almost made it five and was unlucky to see his 276 yard effort beat the keeper but bounce just a tenth of a millimetre over the bar.

So there we have it. 4-0. 3 points. An away win. A clean sheet. Happy as Larry, surely?  Well almost. (footyfive, all season £18)

QPR have just come up from the Championship. They didn’t really offer a threat. They scored an own goal, Cahill put us in front just before half time but he is probably leaving the club and Klasnic’s goal only went in via a deflection. So what am I saying? Simple. Just that we should not be getting carried away because we are sitting pretty after one game against relegation favourites.

Don’t get me wrong. I am over the moon with a 4-0 away win. Against anyone it is a great result and it puts us in good stead for our up coming clash with the Arabs from Manchester.  What is the downside though? Well, what if Coyle sees the result as evidence that we are going to be ok for goals this season?  What if he doesn’t bring in a decent striker to replace Sturridge, Elmander, Ward and Rodrigo? I think it will be bad news.

And, what if we play the same way against City next weekend? Will we prosper? I doubt it. A performance of that standard was fine to get a result against QPR but to take on the Premier League elite and get any points will take a lot more in terms of ability, commitment and quality. I could go on at length about what exactly was wrong with us but I will try to sum it up, you can then see if you can spot it over the coming weeks when we get battered by some of the big 6.

  • We pass too slowly. We do not move the ball up the pitch with enough urgency. And I don’t mean we should rush it, we should just have more of a clue about movement and more momentum when in possession.
  • We pass too sloppily. We do not zip the ball to each other with enough accuracy or power. Better teams would pounce on some of our under weighted or misdirected passes.
  • We make silly mistakes at the back. A couple of times we saw certain “unforced errors” from our back line today. Steinsson and Robinson were both guilty of potentially catastrophic  mistakes. However, it’s not just those mistakes we need to cut out. We also need to eradicate some of our slack positioning and possibly dangerous and unnecessary aspects of our defensive play.
  • Weaknesses up front. We lack pace for one thing. We also lack some sort of driving force – the sort of player like Sturridge who last season would carve a chance from nothing.  This season, instead, we have Davies stumbling over the ball where Sturridge would have beaten a man and got a shot in on goal.
In conclusion, the danger signs are there. The question is, will we heed the warning or is today’s win a wolf in sheep’s clothing which means we will go into our next games blissfully unaware of our frailties. My worry is that far too many a Bolton fan will ridicule my line of thinking and will gleefully get caught up in the joy of winning and not listen to anything that doesn’t amount to praise and glory for the team – until it’s too late!
If we go into the City game with our heads up our collective arses it will be like accepting a dinner invitation from a great white (shark) and thinking we are going to get well fed.  (footyfive, all season £18)
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Now this could just be a rumour but there are whispers on Bolton Wanderers forums that zat Knight has broken the leg of full back Tyrone Mears in training today.

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If true, that is yet another Wanderer out for a lengthy period of time, perhaps the season. Mears will join Chung Yong on the newly broken legs list while Sean Davis and Stuart Holden remain out of action with their own log term injuries. Mark Davies, Ricardo Gardner and Ivan Klasnic are always struggling to stay fit too. And, I don’t know this for certain, but I think Tom Eaves has also recently joined the injury list.

Bolton’s problems are mounting up with 3 first team players already out of action; Mears, Lee and Holden. And unless Coyle can bring in some new faces quickly the Bolton squad will be pretty thin on the ground after quite an exodus of players from the Reebok this summer. Players out include Matt Taylor, Johan Elmander, Rodrigo, Sturridge, Ward, Samuel, Cohen and others. There also remains the distinct possibility that Gary Cahill could be on his way out of the club too.

Please wait for confirmation on the Mears situation as it may yet turn out to be a fib.

Player found dead in flat, Wanderers send condolences to family. 

It’s a very big shame when someone is taken from us at a young age. As Wanderers fans perhaps over-mourn the loss of Chung Yong Lee for the season, due  to a broken leg, the untimely death of a player brings real perspective. Lee was found dead in his flat on Tuesday.

I intended to write this article sooner and I send my condolonces to Lee’s family.

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Why was Daniel Sturridge so important to Bolton’s cause last season? All  you need to do is look at this video to see what he did for the club. Some argue that he single-handedly kept Bolton in the top flight. Watch the video and see if you agree.

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So if Bolton do lose out in their bid to land the Chelsea striker we will be sorely short on pace, ability, skill and everything else that comes in the Sturridge package. Instead, at the moment we will be relying on Davies and Klasnic to take the place of Elmander and Sturridge who scored about 20 goals between the last season in half a season each. (Elmander 10 goals from August to December, Sturridge 8 goals from January to May)

Not only was Sturridge good for goals, he was an outlet. A way to relieve pressure. He also scared the opposition. No long ball was a lost cause because a defender would always have to worry that Sturridge would get there at 100 mph. Sturridge would take the game to the opposition, sometimes too greedy, sometimes magical. He would pick up the ball in his own half and seconds later we would find ourselves on the edge of our seats as he approached the opposition goal for another self-made goal scoring chance. Without him, we will not have the goal threat that we need.

Bolton need Sturridge, or a clone! (Sturridge has been linked with a move to Spurs where Chelsea will pay Tottenham 27 million pounds to take Sturridge off their hands in return for Luka Modric – if the deal doesn’t go through then Bolton could land Sturridge as Chelsea have shown that they don’t have hi in their own plans for the season.)


The press is reporting that Owen Coyle has given up on his chase to land Jeffren Suarez from Barcelona. However, I believe the deal may still be alive behind the scenes! Coyle did not rule out the possibility of signing the talented Barcelona winger saying ” if it isn’t going to happen, then we’ll move on.” If the deal was over he would have said we are not trying to sign him. Anyway, let’s wait and see!

Owen Coyle is raiding his former club, Burnley, as he looks to strengthen his squad ahead of the up coming campaign.

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Tomorrows Daily Mail says that Burnley have accepted a joint 3 million pound bid for Chris Eagles and Tyrone Mears. The pair would be reunited  with Coyle after he switched to Bolton from Burnley last year.

Despite the growing concern of some fans, that things are not moving quickly enough during the transfer window, Bolton continue to be linked with good quality players. The pair from Burnley are no exception and are generally highly rated by all.

If this deal goes through it would definitely add strength and depth to the Bolton squad and both players would be decent additions.

 If Coyle also manages to secure Reo Coker, who is available on a free, Bolton would be looking quite strong going into August.

The only concern remaining would be our relatively light attacking options. This could be resolved by another season long loan of Sturridge or Welbeck. Bolton may yet pull off the coup of the summer if they secure Suarez’s signature after Barcelona confirmed they have received an offer.