Saturday, November 6, 2010

Gareth who???

Bolton Wanderers picked the perfect time to make a statement to the rest of the league.  On ESPN for the lunch time kickoff in England (Breakfast in the US), with everybody watching (including Fabio Capello), Owen Coyle's men looked magnificent.

Spurs defenders did not know what to do with Kevin Davies, who was dominant in scoring two goals while creating a third, but I want to focus on another player, Matt Taylor (pictured, right).

Taylor was making only his second start of the season in the league, and he looked very similar to what we saw from him last season.  No one is ever going to mistake him for a defensive stalwart, but he covers a lot of ground on the left side, and he did a good job tracking back to defend because, let's face it, Paul Robinson needs all the help he can get.
Going forward he played some good passes, but most importantly, put himself into some great positions to score.  Bolton managed to get him the ball in those positions as well, but he just could not finish.  He hit the post once, and another of his attempts was saved, but he just didn't get the goals.  95% of Taylor's play is numbingly consistent, he essentially does the same thing every match.  But his goal scoring is very streaky.  When he is going well, it seems like he scores every week, and when he has gone a while without scoring, you just don't know where the next one is coming from.  I think Taylor is more than a 15 minutes per game player, and I hope he continues to be involved from the start at least occasionally going forward.

As for the rest of the team, I don't think anyone had a bad game, and the defense did an outstanding job of containing Gareth Bale, who was everyone's flavor of the week after his performances against Inter Milan.  If Bolton hope to continue to push up the table, they need to convert some of the home draws into wins, and today they did a masterful job of that.

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