...But what a performance! Bolton Wanderers really got it right today. Anyone who has been paying attention knows that scoring is not our problem. Only Chelsea, Arsenal, and the 2 Manchester clubs have more goals than Bolton. The five goals was great, yes, but the defense was far more significant going forward. The difference? Fabrice Muamba and Nigel Reo-Coker working together as a pair of holding midfielders. Reo-Coker handled the center of the pitch fairly well, with support from Mark Davies. Mumba had one job; Protect Paul Robinson. And he did it with aplomb.
Chris Eagles also seemed to get the message. For all of his skill going forward, and he was impressive today, Bolton's problem is not scoring goals, it is keeping them out. Protecting Robinson, who is clearly our weakest least, is critical. Maybe in a few weeks, when Ricardo Gardner is back from suspension, when Marcos Alonso and San Ricketts are back from injury, this will no longer be an issue. Robinson will be nowhere near the first team, and Bolton will be climbing up the table. However, until we get those players back, Muamba would appear to have a very important job to do.