CHAMPIONSHIP | 4th October 2014 | ATT: 13033 | REF: Andre Marriner (4/10)
Where are we in the league?
POINTS COUNTDOWN | PLAYED: 11 | WON: 4 | DRAWN: 3 | LOST: 4 | Points: 15
EDDIE HOWE MATCH REACTION
CALLUM WILSON SPEAKS
MATCH REPORT: Should’ve gone to Specsavers
Three points, two goals and one red card. That’s one step up, or is that down, from last week.
With Dougie Freedman deciding to step down the day before match day, it was a question of which Bolton team would turn up on the day. As we all know the impetus of a new manager can have a positive effect. Conversely, it doesn’t give the new man in charge any time to prepare his squad.
There was no doubt that both teams needed the points and it was the home side that went close very earlier one. How quickly, just ten seconds was all that it took Bolton to strike the post. It may have looked close but Boruc, he’s back, had it covered. But, as you would expect Bolton weren’t getting all their own way, with the Cherries creating chances and making sure that the Bolton keeper was keeping his hands warm.
After Eddie Howe’s comments about a certain referee it was good to see another ref handing out more dubious decisions.
However, the big talking point of the first half was the dismissal of Yann Kermorgant, given a straight red for a high boot. It was one of those moments when you think what the f**k was that for. This hasn’t been the first dubious referring decision against the Cherries. We won’t even bother talking about Lee Camp’s dismal, you can read more about that in ‘The Referee’s a w**ker’.
Should have Kermorgant been sent off? If it had been a malicious assault yes, but while his foot was high he was only trying to win the ball, he only had eyes for the ball the whole time, And, let’s be honest he didn’t even catch the player full on, it was a glancing boot and it didn’t take long for the Bolton player to get up and carry on. Glad we beat them.
“It was a glancing boot and it didn’t take long for the Bolton player to get up and carry on. Glad we beat them”
If it hadn’t been for the distraction of the sending off, it would have been another decision that would have taken centre stage. Callum Wilson was tripped/pushed in the box, any referee with eyes could see that. Well any ref apart from Mr Andre ‘Specsaver’ Marriner. What did the Cherries get a free-kick. You could see the relived expressions on the Bolton fans faces.
“Callum Wilson was tripped/pushed in the box, any referee with eyes could see that. Well any ref apart from Mr Andre ‘Specsaver’ Marriner”
It was this expression that was to make an appearance again in the 52nd minute. Callum Wilson had given the visitors the lead straight after half-time as the Bolton defence and goalkeeper couldn’t make up their mind who should make an effort to stop Wilson. That’s why they are bottom of the league. Jay Spearing’s long range shot was going into Boruc’s hands until a wicked deflection saw the ball in the back of the net.
Thankfully, that relived expression was to turned into a pained one as a pinpoint ball over the top from Harry Arter landed at the feet of Wilson who slide the ball under the keeper to send the Cherries home with all three points
TFTSE MAN OF THE MATCH
After not putting the ball in the net for five games, questions were starting to be raised. But, like all good strikers he answered with goals and if the ref could see properly he may have even had his first hat-trick for the club.