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Bolton Preview in Association with EZE Group

Birmingham City return after the international break to face bottom club Bolton Wanderers complete with new manager Neil Lennon, looking to continue the form that saw them take four points from two away games prior to the break.

Bolton Wanderers

Neil Lennon comes into a team anchored to the bottom of the table with five points from eleven games. Bolton have won just won one game (against Rotherham last month) and come into the game on the back of five successive defeats in all competitions.

Tim Ream (USA), Chris Herd (Australia), Medo Kamara (Sierra Leone) and Lee Chung-yong (South Korea) will need to be assessed following playing for their respective countries; Adam Bogdan and Marc Tierney are both definitely out.

Blues

Blues welcome back Neal Eardley and Lee Novak to the squad but Mark Duffy is out for a couple of months following a training ground injury and joins Jonathan Spector on the sidelines.

Koby Arthur and Demarai Gray could both start as Lee Clark looks at youth as the answer to the Blues’ attack; David Cotterill scored for Wales while on international duty and Reece Brown is also fully fit.

I think this is one of those games where people are expecting a win but fearing the “new manager effect”; where a good performance is essential after the dross served up at home this year to reflect some of the good stuff played away and where three points would serve to push us up the table significantly.

I’d like to reaffirm what I said on FB and Twitter yesterday that anyone expecting something from Panos in the programme notes is probably going to be left waiting; from what I hear he’s got legal issues to sort in HK as a former member of management is refusing to go quietly.

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95 Responses to “Bolton Preview in Association with EZE Group”

  • Agent McLeish says:

    Ha ha, his ego is so big he probably can’t understand why he is not wanted.

  • Tms blues says:

    Put us down for a regular home performance meaning defeat today. Befor Lennon we might have squeaked a point. Pity we didn’t appoint him instead of having to continue with a long term failure. Legal issues in HK should be secondary to home form in the UK !

    • RichardM says:

      Have to agree, we always seem to be the 1st team any nerw manager plays – meaning the opposition have an immediate boost, and with our pitiful home form I can only see one winner – Bolton. Predict 1-0 to Blues at half-time, 2-1 Bolton full-time, I might even go and put a tenner on it I’m that certain!
      Suspect a defeat today might be the final nail for LC though…….

  • Chris W says:

    Neil Lennon has had four days to knock Bolton into shape so I would expect nothing other than a win in this one.
    I think we will be a bigger threat now that Novak is fit again as he offers another dimension, I don’t think people really appreciate his work ethic for the team.
    A poor performance and a defeat should see the final nail in LC’s coffin in my opinion.
    Head v heart 1-2 v 3-0.
    I fancy Lee Novak to come on as sub and make make a difference after seeing Blues struggle first half.
    KRO+DNM

    • Chudlt says:

      Oh Dear!!!

    • Tony says:

      We can but pray

      • Chris W says:

        My concern is LC is worrying about what Bolton will do, which formation or players they will use.
        Lennon and Bolton should be worrying about us, we are the home team and should have the advantage.
        LC should set us up to attack Bolton, keep them on the back foot and hope our strikers find the net.
        KRO+DNM

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Absolutely agree about Novak, Chris. We’ve definitely missed his work rate out on the left and the cover he gives to the full back. He might not score many goals, but we have Donaldson, Thomas, Gray and Arthur for that.

      I’m hoping today is the day everything clicks into place and we win by a couple of clear goals. I agree with OP to a certain extent, that our home form has been dross this year… but not this season. I think we’ve seen some good football so far, which definitely hasn’t reaped the points we’ve deserved. No one has come to St Andrews and rolled us over.

      I’d stay unchanged. I don’t see the need to change the personnel or system, even if we are at home. We’re 2 games unbeaten and I’m far from convinced that 4-4-2 works for us anyway. I’m going 3-1 Blues, if we don’t change anything. If Clark tinkers, it’ll be a draw.

      • Chris W says:

        I have to admit I have been more excited at home this season and yes, we have not gained the points that the football has warranted. Some of that has to be down to LC and his urge to change things after the hour, keep the format that has seen us earn 4 points away and just change like for like without altering the formation.
        I’m not sure Lennon will change much in just 4 days so we should have the advantage.
        KRO+DNM

        • StaffsBlue says:

          To be perfectly honest, it wouldn’t bother me not to see 4-4-2 again. If your strikers aren’t that good, it becomes one-dimensional. I’ve said this many times, that if your strikers aren’t scoring, why bother playing two? It certainly doesn’t double your chances of scoring.. just the opposite. We’re much better served playing with just Donaldson up front, with the likes of Cotterill, Gray and Arthur supporting. That gives you far more options.

          • StaffsBlue says:

            It’s not so much the feeling the need to make subs… it’s having to make them. Gray and Arthur can barely complete a full game, so they’ve had to be brought off. The problem is, who to replace them with. I think that having Novak back solves that problem. Whatever you think of the guy, there’s no doubting his workrate down that left hand side.

          • Chris W says:

            Never rated Thomas a goal scorer when he was with us before, makes some useful runs but that’s about it, much prefer to see Novak in that roll and he has the knack of finding the net.
            KRO+DNM

      • RichardM says:

        Sorry Staffs, couldn’t agree less – we’ve looked far more threatening iIMO without Novak, I would have a real problem with LC dropping Gray or Arthur to accomodate him – but I suspect that’s what will happen

        • Chris W says:

          Disagree Richard, Novak offers more than Thomas so as a bench player he can be used to replace either Gray or Arthur, personally I would like to see both of those two start together, both are quick and skilful and will definitely give any defence a headache.
          KRO+DNM

        • StaffsBlue says:

          Well he’s playing both Gray and Arthur today. Reilly out. I think that could backfire on him.

          • StaffsBlue says:

            I would expect to see at least one enforced change on the hour. Gray or Arthur off, Novak on.

        • Shirley Blue says:

          Novak is very one paced and cannot get past anyone and doesn’t get crosses in so how is that going to help us score more goals. We might just as well give up if he is the big hope.

    • Shirley Blue says:

      In what way does Novak offer us another dimension other than as a goalkeeper which I personally think is his best position

  • Mickey07 says:

    Legal legal legal dan,that’s all you hear from that bloke,what’s he got his knickers in a twist about now?? Hang on I bet it’s too do with “money” again.

  • DoctorD says:

    Blues 1 Bolton 2

  • RichardM says:

    Have Bolton still got that Korean player who always, and I mean ALWAYS scores against us?

  • StaffsBlue says:

    I see Adeyemi went on as a 66 minute substitute for Cardiff….. and was subbed himself on 70 mins because of an injury. Not having much luck is he. Shame, he was a first choice here.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Of our last 13 home games against Bolton, we’ve W8 D2 L3. All three defeats were by 1-2… the latest being last season. We owe them for that.

  • RichardM says:

    20 mins gone. 1-0 down. So bloody predictable…

  • Chas says:

    A comment from a bloke who lives 100 odd miles away and travels to see nearly every home match.
    ——————————————————-
    I left at half time.
    If I were paid to sit through this load of crap I’d be complaining, but the fact that I got on a train at half ten this morning and travelled over a hundred miles, then paid to get in makes my blood boil.
    Clark will never make a football manager as long as he’s got a hole in his arse.
    ——————————————————————-
    So when the usual posters come on and start slagging off Fans for staying away, just remember some of the reasons why they stay away. There is another Supporter that might hardly bother going again.

    • Harbsbleu says:

      I applaud you, I just travel 4 miles and then see the blues lose or draw. It is hard to justify my season ticket so far this season, an utter, utter waste of money. I cannot see things improving, the club is just self destructing!

  • StaffsBlue says:

    What is becoming predictable, is the fact that we just can’t stick the ball in the net. Although we didn’t play great, we had more than enough chances again. Hit the bar twice. We need a goalscorer… we should never lose 1-0 at home.

    • Chas says:

      And we should never KEEP losing at Home, Staffs, but we do and excuses are getting thin on the ground now.

      • StaffsBlue says:

        We need someone at the club who can teach the forwards how to score. Yes, we let a goal in, but it was only 1 ffs. If we can’t score at least 1 goal at home, there’s something drastically wrong with the strikers. Maybe they should all be made to wear BLACK boots… cus the pink and yellow ones certainly don’t work. It’s daft, but Jesus, what do we have to do to score?

        • Pete says:

          Donaldson was wearing black boots.
          Unfortunately I feel like wearing a black armband!

          3 wins in 29 home games, surely the bullet comes soon

    • Shirley Blue says:

      It is far more than just that. We are dire across the whole team. We have no Championship quality other than maybe Gray and he will be sold.

      • Pete says:

        Anyone see Reilly’s pass at the end of the second half?

        Truly laughable, if only it had hit the manager and knocked him out.

        The only thing worse was their penalty

  • StaffsBlue says:

    It was a blow losing Davis and having Reilly replace him. IMO, they should have both started. Davis has to do too much in midfield… no wonder he gets injured.

    I also think Donaldson is due a spell out of the team. He does a lot of running, but there doesn’t seem to be goals in him atm. Give young Johnstone a run, along with either Thomas, Gray or Arthur. Can’t wait to get Matt Green back too.

    • Shirley Blue says:

      Robinson should not start. Reilly should have started. Thomas should start as he is top goalscorer. IMO Hancox should be left back. 4-4-2 at home. Cotterill and Gray wide. Donaldson and Thomas up front. Reilly and Davis in the middle.

      • StaffsBlue says:

        I certainly wouldn’t argue with any of that SB. I just don’t see how we’re going to solve our goalscoring problem. It’s not like we’re not creating chances… in fact we’re creating enough in 90 minutes to win 2 or 3 games.

        If I really thought a different manager would make a difference, I’d be happy to accept that, but I really can’t see what difference it would make to us actually getting the ball off the boot and into the net. That’s down to the players and the players alone.

        • Shirley Blue says:

          Staffs. Sometimes things just need a change to breath some new life and ideas into the place . In the unlikely event he gets sacked don’t feel sorry for him – he must be a wealthy man by now. Whether you like it or not as manager he is accountable for the results. One home win in 384 days cannot be acceptable. Who honestly enjoys going down there any more. It’s a morgue. He has got to go.

          • StaffsBlue says:

            SB, if Clark gets sacked tomorrow, I’ll just move on like I have before and support the next manager. It’s really not a major issue for me. I just wonder who could possibly take over (I’ve not heard a realistic suggestion yet) and what actual difference they could make. Like you said though, perhaps a different face might change things…. but that says more about the players than the manager. But, que sera sera.

        • Tony says:

          Staffs, you cant teach a striker to score goals its instinct, you either have it or you do not, what a striker needs is confidence its 90% confidence 10% ability.
          Robinson was beaten in the air yet again why the hell is he still playing?, Surely to god you must admit we need a new manager, we have one win in eleven matches, In the last calender Year we have won at home what is it once? and we have just lost to the bottom side in the division.
          Show me any the manager with a record like that who still has his job.
          Clark is an unmitigated disaster, a walking, talking ,breathing,chaotic,individual who can barely function in the art of living let alone manage a football team.
          The more you and others find excuses for him the longer the Pr— will hang around,W

          • Shirley Blue says:

            Well said. I guess we will have mad Mark on soon defending him as well. It is beyond my comprehension that any true Birmingham City fan still wants him at the club.

          • StaffsBlue says:

            Tony, I’m not supporting Clark out of blind faith… I’m just supporting the manager full stop whilst he’s in the job. That’s what I’ve always done, no matter what. But, if, for instance, we appointed someone like Billy Davies (as I’ve seen suggested elsewhere) I’d support him 100% whilst he’s in the job, even though I abhor the miserable little rat. It’s all about supporting the man in the job for me, whomever that might be. I hope that makes my stance a bit clearer. ;-)

          • Tmsblues says:

            Tony you are absolutely right. at one time it was said we couldnt afford to sack this worst manager in my memory but now surely the owners can see they cant afford not to sack him. with share values in bihl falling right now the owners will face the clubs value plummeting from £20m to zilch if this disaster stays in charge and drives us on to league one . Sadly I predicted the result and my best hope now is that it does lead to clarks dismissal. Panos psv needs to bre here sorting out much needs departures not in Hong Kong !

    • Shirley Blue says:

      Agree Davis and Reilly should have started. Not impressed with Gleeson – looks out of his depth to me.

      • StaffsBlue says:

        Again, I have to agree about Gleeson. Yet a lot of managers rate him, not just Clark. I’ve kept a close watch on him and, apart from the odd good pass or interception, his general play just isn’t up to this level. Yet. Maybe he’d just been at MK Dons too long to settle anywhere else. He was their star player after all.

  • Blue lizard says:

    well that was complete bo££ocks again …..you can’t teach a striker to score you either can or you can’t.ours are plain and simple not good enough !as they say you can’t polish a turd!!It is now unbelievable that Clark still keeps his job

    • Shirley Blue says:

      Totally agree. If they could put the ball in the back of the net more times than not they would be playing for a club that isn’t paying Football League 1 wages. It’s beyond a joke that Clark is still there.

  • I cannot believe that Lee Clark seems to favour Stephen Gleeson to start over Callum Reilly. Gleeson not only looks out of his depth at this level like others,and although reilly had his moments today,he again provided the extra bite we need in midfield. Can somebody tell me why we don’t learn our lessons from corners. The first corner Bolton had there was no one at the back post and a Bolton header fizzed passed the post. The second corner,again no one at the back stick, header came in. Bang ! 1-0. We could be bottom 3 Tuesday night. KRO. No money,mysterious owners , A long hard winter approaches. KRO.

    • Shirley Blue says:

      Only having one proper centre back doesn’t help. People forget that Zigic used to do s good job on defensive set pieces. We lack physicality again I am afraid. We are starting to get bullied again like we did after Xmas last season.

    • Shirley Blue says:

      The only club we can have any confidence will finish below us are Blackpool. Fulham and Bolton won’t. Clark got away with it last year but not this year I fear.

    • Pete says:

      Gleeson is a ball player, Reilly is a ball winner

      If only one could do both, personally I prefer Gleeson alongside Davies. Neither were tall enough to deal with land of the giants today.

      Reilly is praised as he is local but too often his passing is appalling. Today no exception, I would have dragged him for Thomas.

      • StaffsBlue says:

        Personally, as much as I like Reilly, I don’t think he’s ever going to improve on the level he is now. The main reason I would have him in there, is for his workrate and tackling. Who else of our midfielders, other than Davis, can actually tackle? Having someone like Reilly in there gives Davis a bit more freedom, otherwise, he’s trying to defend against the tide on his own.

  • tttpaule says:

    Clark again saying we deserved something out of the game!! Utter crap we deserved exactly what we got nowt, its simple they scored & we couldn’t, we looked unbalanced and the movement from throwing & corners was non existent.as I’ve said on here before if Clark stays we will be relegated,

    • Pete says:

      No one wanted the ball, they weren’t up for the fight needed to counter act Bolton’s physical game.

      At least the grass got another week off!

  • RichardM says:

    Another depressing Saturday Evening. Did you know, this is officially the WORST Home run in the history of Birmingham City FC? Even the worst Blues team I ever saw (1988-89) managed 6 wins out of 23 at home in one season, that’s now 3 wins in 29 for clark’s men over this season and last!!!

    There really is nothing else to say or debate. CLARK OUT. Maybe then we’ll enjoy the benefit of a new manager and the boost in confidence that provides, who knows we might even win a bloody home game before the end of the season.

  • RichardM says:

    Seriously guys, check out our next 8 home fixtures, I can’t see us winning one of them while LC remians in charge.

  • Chris W says:

    How can you defend the indefensible?
    The team, no urgency, no fight, no cohesion and disjointed.
    The manager, no motivation, no passion, out of excuses and anyone who wears a jumper with a suit deserves the sack.
    I’d like to think we will have a new manager before the Bournemouth game but the new PP has more problems to worry about in Hong Kong and I can’t think of any half decent managers who would come to the club in the disarray we are in.
    LC just continues to shoot himself in the foot and never once has he admitted he was wrong.
    Wrong in his selections, wrong with his substitutions and wrong with his tactics.
    Gray was the only player who could walk off the pitch with his head held high, followed closely by Arthur.
    We have Hall and Eardley on the bench with Hancox and Packwood in the wings so why are we struggling with Robinson in defence.
    We have no bite in midfield, Davis can’t do it all and I just wish Reilly could learn to pass, he has fight and skill but his passing lets him down.
    I wanted to see Gray and Arthur together but it didn’t work as they were both playing the left channel, Koby should have been more a forward roaming behind Donaldson with Gray out wide, why take off Cotterill for Novak, after he went off we had three players in that left channel and nothing down the right.
    Gleeson is lost in this midfield or way out of his depth.
    Randolph’s red card will see Doyle step up to the plate, if he plays well and we win he might just stay there, Randolph has become lazy, predictable and just never comes for crosses lately, a goalkeeper should command his six yard box, Randolph doesn’t, so the rest, if extended, might just be the kick up the backside he needs.
    My opinion on how I see things. Reality, things are just going to stay the same or get progressively worse until BIHL either sell up, which HKSE won’t allow or the new PP takes the bull by the horn and prove he really does have Blues interests, and those of the supporters, at heart.
    It is going to be a long hard winter indeed. Personally, I would be at Waste Hills tomorrow morning and relieve all those responsible for the first team of their duties and give the job to the BCFC ladies manager or the tea lady.
    KRO+DNM

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Can’t say I disagree with any of that Chris…. except the suit and jumper comment. *Ahem* Pep Guardiola? ;-)

      I’m glad Doyle is getting his chance. I think part of the reason the defence is so shaky, is that they can’t trust Randolph behind them. As you say, he rarely comes for crosses and when he does, he flaps like a seagull. He’s a good shot-stopper at times, but a lot of the goals we’ve conceded have gone right past him, within reach. I’ve rarely seen a goalkeeper that commands his 6 yard box less.I hope we win the 3 games Doyle is in (or at least not lose,) that will surely force Clark to keep him in. On the goalkeeping note, I suppose young Townsend will be recalled from loan to cover on the bench.

      • Chris W says:

        Sorry Staffs, surely you can’t compare Lee Clarke with Pep Guardiola.
        Wouldn’t mind seeing Townsend play actually but has we got a recall since he signed a season long loan deal?
        They say a defence is only a strong as their keeper, well that sums it all up and the fact that no one is taken command at the back either, Robbo included.
        We saw early with Bartley and Burn that both wanted to take command and were both attacking the same ball, with the current defence no one is taking that initiative.
        KRO+DNM

        • StaffsBlue says:

          You commented that “…anyone who wears a jumper with a suit deserves the sack.” I just pointed out that Guardiola wears jumpers with suits. I never compared them as managers. I think the ;-) should have given it away.

          Re Bartley… recalled and not been heard of since. What I wouldn’t give for him in the team now… maybe with Hall.

          • Chris W says:

            Well I suppose that’s the only thing they do have in common, pity LC doesn’t copy his footballing traits too.
            Hall was beginning to settle in before his injury, why not play him with Packwood and push Edgar into the holding midfield, that, along with Reilly would give the midfield some backbone.
            KRO+DNM

          • StaffsBlue says:

            I read an interesting article by Guardiola the other day. In it, he said that he hates tiki-taka football (me too) and that it was a myth that Barcelona played that way.

            Not sure if OP will let this link go through, be here goes anyway. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/29661426

  • StaffsBlue says:

    I think it’s time Doyle, Eardley, Packwood, Hall, and Hancox were brought in from the cold. There’s loyalty and there’s stubborness. Robbo has to be retired now. I think persisting with him and Randolph will cost Clark his job.

    • Shirley Blue says:

      Doyle no choice. Eardley is hopeless. Halls is better than Packwood. Hancox yes – Grounds looks more like s central defender to me and gives us nothing going forward. Personally I think this 4-2-3-1 crap is just confusing the players and making us look unbalanced.

      • StaffsBlue says:

        4-4-2, yes…. but not with the strikers we have at the moment. 3 goals each for the season is pathetic, considering the number of chances they’ve had. If both your strikers aren’t scoring, playing both of them is a waste of a place. You may as well play a good attacking midfielder (Gray, Arthur) in behind the one striker. I think that’s what Clark was trying to do…. find a bloody goal from somewhere.

        • Chris W says:

          The other side of the coin Staffs, if you can’t score then stop the opposition scoring. I would rather watch a 0-0 draw and hope for some luck than the dross served up at the moment. We are giving away silly goals through basic errors, defenders are too easily lost in our own box on corners or crosses, as I said, no one is prepared to take the initiative, not even the captain, even when the players walk onto the pitch there is no life or emotion, they look beaten before the kick off.
          KRO+DNM

          • StaffsBlue says:

            Can’t disagree with any of that Chris. I still believe Robbo is the main problem. We looked pretty solid until he came back into the side. Hall must be spitting feathers.

            We missed Davis badly yesterday, but he has to have someone like Reilly in there with him, otherwise, he has to do it all himself, which makes him knackered and prone to injury. My biggest disappointment with Clark was that he dropped Reilly for Gray. It meant Davis was doing it all on his own again and, it was no surprise to me when he went off injured. If anyone should have been dropped, it was Gleeson.

          • Chris W says:

            I like Gray and he was a bright spark in a wet box of fireworks yesterday I also think Arthur has something to offer but not in the left channel, he should be playing a free roll behind the striker, as he was at Cheltenham,with Davis and Reilly (if only he would learn to pass) controlling the midfield Cotterill and the right, we then need a striker who can find the net consistently. Any idea how far Green is to match fitness?
            Donaldson bartered for more wages which he was allowed but he is not providing the goods, he should have been given the extra wage on pound per goal ratio, as it is he would be paying us to play.
            KRO+DNM

          • StaffsBlue says:

            Matt Green is expected back by December. I think he would have been in the squad at least by now, except for that setback. But apparently, the injection he had seems to have sorted him out… atm.

            It’s been said that he’s extremely strong on his left hand side, but the right leg isn’t up to the same strength, etc… which apparently would leave him prone to other injuries. Once both sides are equal, he’ll be ready to come back. That’s what I’ve read anyway.

          • Chris W says:

            Thanks Staffs :-)
            I read something sometime back but not heard anything recent, not even in the development news.
            If that is the case then why not give Denny Johnstone a run, he can’t do any worse.
            He looks strong enough, maybe a little raw but that can be a good thing, him, Arthur and Gray could be just what we need at the moment.
            KRO+DNM

  • Art says:

    Staffs,

    With regards to Clark and the players.

    You just can’t keep defending the indvensible.

    The club have to make changes and the sooner the better,I know we have a different view point but the bottom line is this -he’s had enough time ,chances and opportunity-it’s now time for a change.

    • TracyKRO says:

      I for one agree with you on this Art
      Time for Mr Clark to go 3 Home WINS in 29 is just not good enough don’t even think he would have got away with this in the Conference never mind Championship.
      BIHL should sell now if they can
      Why in the last 2 home games subs had to made within 20 mins if they not fit then done play them.
      Mr Clark will always play his favourite players like Robinson, Spector and Novak. what has happened to the guy from stoke gone, hes gone out of picture.
      Theres got to be a change with Board and Manager theres only one place we heading if we don’t

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Art, as I’ve said, when a new manager comes in, which he will soon I’m sure, I’ll give him my utmost support. What I do think thought, is that the players have to take a major share of the blame, for getting us into winning positions and bottling it. Which is what it boils down to.

      It probably is time for Clark to go now, I don’t think he can take us any further. I still think he’ll do well somewhere else though. I’d be interested to see what another manager could do with this bunch of misfits.

      • steve says:

        “misfits”? It wasn’t that long ago you was saying we are close to being a good side.

        • StaffsBlue says:

          I still believe we are…. but they’re playing like a bunch of misfits. Even with no manager, as footballers, surely they can organise themselves a bit better than what they are. We need a new captain, one who can take them by the balls and sort them out. Robbo ain’t it anymore.

          • Shirley Blue says:

            The manager is responsible for making sure they knew what they are doing before they go out there. I am sure he hopes Robinson will do that for him to some extent but he is over the hill now and isn’t really a proper central defender which leaves us particularly exposed at set pieces. He put a very lightweight side out there yesterday with only Davis providing any muscle in midfield. Thomas is no world beater by any means but he does provide a physical presence and has scored a few. We put a few decent performances in at home at the start of the season with him and Donaldson up front so why mess around with it. 4-2-3-1 might be ok away but it doesnt work at home. Please don’t anyone tell me Novak is the answer because he isn’t.

          • StaffsBlue says:

            A captain is supposed to be an extension of the manager. I’m sure the manager never told Robbo to give Mills a 3 yard head start. I’m not defending the manager (there were a couple of decisions I was pi$$ed off with yesterday too) but there comes a point when players have to take some responsibility… and players with the experience of Robinson, Edgar, Randolph etc shouldn’t need to be told how to mark at corners/free kicks, etc.

  • tttpaule says:

    What shocks me more than anything else the majority of fans who know anything about football could see this coming before we kicked a ball last season!! To the supporters of Clark who gave myself & others stick on here for daring to have a opinion & putting our views forward i hate to say but we told you & your rather quiet now. Does anyone know why Cotterill was taken off for Novak? If it was tactical it didn’t make sense, why take off a out & out winger who incidentally is the best crosser of the ball in the division & put Novak there, what a genius Clark is i wish he would go find a job more suited to him trouble is he would be on minimum wage.

    • Shirley Blue says:

      There are 13,000 or so regular home fans who pay good money for their ST’s and match tickets who deserve better than this crap week in week out. When you expect to lose at home against the bottom placed team in the division then enough is enough. Problem is most of the supporters have actually gone past the apathy stage now – I heard a some people yesterday say that they regretted buying ST’s already and only did because they thought the club was being sold and new owners would mean a new manager. What a desperate state of affairs.

  • BluesBlues says:

    Once agin Mr Tinkerman could not resist changing a team that had done so well on the road. It was obvious to most that Bolton outnumbered us in Midfield were stonger and more phyisical than us. Agrre with most of the above but yesterday was not about missed chances but perhaps a little unlucky hitting the bar twice and there keeper making some excellent saves. I was not until we really pushed forward that the gaps appeared and Bolton should scored more. Time to go Mr Clark thanks for your efforts but eleven wins at home during your time is not good enough.

    Bring in the Horse and Jono KRO

  • StaffsBlue says:

    All the Clark Out, Clark is hopeless stuff is just boring me sh1tless now. I think it’s widely accepted now by everyone that it’s time for a managerial change. I’ll support him till he’s gone, but after he’s left, I’ll forget him just like all the others and give the new manager my support. I prefer to discuss the team/squad and the football. But that’s just me.

  • tttpaule says:

    All the Clark out & Clark is useless stuff are supporters opinions which we are entitled to have, they may bore you sh**less so don’t read any comments if others opinions may upset you & bore you so much. I think every Bluenose would support Clark if he hadn’t shot himself in the foot so many times, we all know we don’t have the best players in the division but the man can’t organise motivate or even pick his best players, we looked unbalanced & lackluster against Bolton so who does he take off yes the best quality player we have Cotterill so we’ll carry on boring you until the idiot has gone. I also think if he manages to get a job elsewhere he will still be s**t !! Hope this doesn’t upset anyone to much but its my Opinion. KRO

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Nothing that’s said upsets me, it’s not important enough to do that. I’m just weary of reading the same thing every other post that’s all. How many ways can it be said that Clark is shit/crap/clueless/clown/etc/etc. Like I said, it’s widely accepted that a change is necessary now…. yes, even by me.

      I’d just rather discuss the team/football and just wait until the next manager comes in. There’s not a lot else you can do to be fair. Just wait it out.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    @Chris W: Your point about Denny Johnstone is a valid one. It’s definitely time for a change. We could be bottom by the time our first choice strikers manage to find some form.

    I’d be interested to see, perhaps in a development game and maybe in a 4-3-3, what a front 3 of Gray/Johnstone/Arthur could do, with a strong midfield 3 behind them. It might not work, but until you try it, you’ll never know. But something has to change.

  • tttpaule says:

    Sorry for ranting Staffsblue i just get angry with the whole situation the club finds itself in with Bihl , its hard to talk about the football because it always reverts back to poor decisions by our manager especially in the home games, i totally agree it would be nice to be discussing something other than the board & Clark & i really do look forward to disagreeing with you about the games.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      No worries mate. At the end of the day, we all want the same thing, a successful club with new owners. There’s no point talking about the manager anymore, I can’t see any way back for him where the fans are concerned. Even I’ve given up the ghost now. But there’s no point getting angry, think of your blood pressure… I have to. :-)


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