20 March 2021

Bolton Wanderers vs Walsall

Impatient for the next instalment after a whole week’s enforced break from the Wanderers, we logged on to iFollow for the expected demolition of the Saddlers. Such is the confidence growing amongst the fans, that we expect to beat everybody. Even the bookies are making us odds-on favourites these days. But as we all know, football is a funny game and not every game goes to form.
Ian Evatt brought Lloyd Isgrove in to replace the injured Antoni Sarcevic. Walsall came with their plan to shackle us and hit us on the break with their pacey forwards and they executed this very well in the first half, where we failed to get out of first gear, and they managed to take the lead with a cracking shot from Sam Perry. Either the half-time cuppa or Ian Evatt’s team talk worked as we were a different team in the second half, as we clawed our way back into this game with Kieran Lee nodding the equaliser and Eoin Doyle smashing the winner from the penalty spot. All’s well that ends well and we proved that we have the character to dig points out when we were perhaps not at our best.
It is points not performances that matter as we enter the final decathlon of the season. We have got to take one game at a time, forget Walsall now and concentrate on Forest Green next week. Ian Evatt’s philosophy of doing the hard work on the training ground is putting us in the best position to win matches. We can see the improvements each week as this squad develops. People are starting to talk about Bolton Wanderers now for the right reasons, our football. I have been overwhelmed with supportive and respectful comments from other clubs’ fans. Many Bolton fans who had lost hope in the Dark Ages, are telling me that they are loving watching the Wanderers again and are proud that we are playing proper football. It is an emotional time for us fans as it seems like we have stopped the slide into oblivion, turned the corner and we are at the dawn of a new era.
As we enter the final straight, there are ten more battles to be won. As fans, all we can do is get behind the team by flooding social media with positive support. We can do this together. Onwards and upwards.