Compared to the previous home performance, where Wigan Athletic were almost overwhelmed, Bolton’s victory against Huddersfield at the weekend was a more muted affair. The same couldn’t be said for the advertising hoardings. Times Square comes to the Macron.
The advantage in electronic displays is that the same advertising space can be flogged to more than one punter. The bad news is that when they’re not configured correctly, watching the game is more difficult. Going to a football match where you can’t see the football detracts from the experience somewhat.
These days at BWFC, the floodlights are only partly deployed, to cut the electric bill one presumes. That means that the areas occupied by the crowd are in semi-darkness. In comparison the lights on the hoardings are often brilliant white. Sort it out boys. Either tone the colours down, turn on all the floodlight bulbs, or give out free sunglasses at the turnstiles.
Project Lennon continues to roll on purposefully. Dorian Devite and Matt Mills have formed a solid central defensive partnership, and while Josh Vela is played out of position at right back, he hasn’t let anyone down, and is gaining valuable first team experience. It’s doubtful that Tim Ream envisaged himself as an attacking left-back when he arrived at the club, but if it works, then stick with it.
The Whites lacked fluency against Chris Powell’s side, with a distinct lack of movement from the front line. Max Clayton didn’t make his usual runs – the most effective part of his game. On the one occasion he did, it created space for Craig Davies to fire home the winner from close range, as he connected to Liam Feeney’s cross, the former Millwall man having been played in by the ever impressive Lee Chung-Yong.
But before then, the Whites were rescued on more than one occasion by goalkeeper Andrew Lonergan, as the visitors attacked on the break, a situation allowed by the home side chasing the game and some wayward passing.
Nonetheless, three points is welcome as Bolton at last begin to climb toward mid table. If the run can continue through December, and if manager Neil Lennon is allowed to recruit in the next transfer window, then 2015 may yet bring New Year cheer.
- Richard McCormick