I'm working in Widnes this week (lucky me) so thought, well it's only just round the corner, why wouldn't I go to the game, even if it is a shit ground. Any chance to see the Blades (and Widnes is a shithole!)
Have to say it wasnt our usual flowing football, but I think that was very much down to Bolton. It looked like a decent Championship side playing a bunch of league 1 thugs. We got well and truly bullied (and yet they went down like bsmbi being shot if we went anywhere near them. Disappointing that an experienced ref like Atwell kept buying it as well......have to say, if Bolton carry on playing like that all season they're in serious trouble. They haven't made the step up well at all.
On the changes, 2CV (thanks for that Roma) started off looking a little dodgy, but as the game went on he grew into it more.and more. Took his goal really well and should have had a second. In fact if he'd hit it anywhere else than straight at the keeper he would have done. By the end I was really liking him, the trouble we have is who does he replace? As a back 3 Stearman O'Connell and Bash have looked really good. Baldock scares me, did throughout. I think he was another that got better as the game went on, but far too many silly misplaced passes. He's got speed though - plenty of it! Clarke was always going to come in, and in fairness he held the ball up well, but he got found out last night, cos that's basically all he did. He and Sharp were like strangers, he held onto the ball fir far too long when a simple ball would have released another player, seemed frightened to have a shot, and when he had a glaring chance at the end missed it!!
Coutts once again was outstanding. What Tufty has done to him is incredible - MOTM yet again for me.
I was actually quite worried when Brooks came on - it was a very wet pitch and Bolton where really going in hard by this point - wasn't sure it was a game for him and also worried he could easily pick up an injury - he took a few knocks, but he stood up and showed he can take some of the rough stuff as well, but his skill on the ball shone through. he spent a good portion of the last few minutes just holding the ball up in the corners - using strength to hold players off, and his skill to keep them away from it - the double megs on Beevers drawing rapturous chants from the away faithful.
All in all, not a pretty game, but job done, another 3 points and we move onto Norwich - there aren't any easy games in this league are there!!