What a Night!


Went to the game last night, more in hope than expectation. Then when I saw our team sheet, I was even less optimistic about getting a result. But how wrong I was.

After some early pressure from the Mancs, which saw Green pull off one terrific save and Tomkins clear the resulting rebound in the nick of time, Obinna then “scored”, only for the ref to rule it out after a discussion with the lino. But this only served to fire up both the crowd and the team and we soon scored a genuine counter. Spector – a revelation in a central midfield role – got on the end of an Obinna cross to head home. Before long, a surging run forward by Specs saw him pass to Obinna in the box, who then slipped but so did his marker, allowing Spector to nip in and thump the ball home. 2-0 at half time and perhaps we could start to dream of a shock result.

In the second half, the Mancs had a lot of the ball but didn’t really threaten our goal. Meanwhile we scored 2 more goals on the break, both scored by Cole and created by Obinna. Obinna terrorised the Manc defence all night and was MoM for me, with Specs a close second.

The match was played throughout in a snowstorm, which added to the somewhat surreal air of the evening and had the more pessimistic among us worrying that the game could be abandoned. Great atmosphere from the fans though, reminiscent of the great cup nights at the Boleyn from years gone by. Lots of the Manc fans went home after the 3rd goal, to choruses of “Is there a fire drill?” πŸ˜€

I’m a bit annoyed today to hear the media talking about the Mancs “much weakened” team, while failing to mention that many of our side were not first-teamers either (only 3 could be guaranteed to start if everyone was available). Spector would be considered at least 5th choice for central midfield role. The fact was that we wanted it more than they did on the night and took our chances when they came along.

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  1. Good result for you guys. I’m a Bolton fan and i generally hope you stay up. A win like this, and the win at the weekend, should put you guys on a run now, and knowing how close the table is this season, you’ll be mid-table before you know it! congrats once again!

    ps, I blog on English Football in general, you may like some of my posts. πŸ™‚

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