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Match Report: Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Swansea City (Bolton Fan's Perspective)

By Rob
Sunday 22nd April 2012
Bolton Wanderers' relegation fears were intensified with a lacklustre, pathetic performance that saw them lucky to escape with a 1-1 draw against Swansea City at the Reebok Stadium.

Wanderers again failed to pick up all three points while their relegation rivals managed to move ahead of them in the fight to beat the drop. But in reality Bolton were extremely fortunate to have collected one point, as Swansea were by far the dominant side.

Bolton saw livewire winger Ryo Miyaichi return to the starting line-up, playing a supporting role to lone striker Kevin Davies in what appeared to be an attacking formation. But the young Japanese failed to make an impact on the game, as he and his teammates struggled to deal with Swansea's free-flowing football.

The day began badly for Bolton, as Swansea scored with their first attack of the match in the sixth minute. Scott Sinclair was given acres of space on the left wing, cut inside past Gretar Steinsson and hit a curling shot past Adam Bogdan.

But the hosts responded well to falling behind and were level within eight minutes. Mark Davies fed the ball out wide to Martin Petrov, who broke down the left wing and put an inch perfect cross in to the feet of Chris Eagles, who side footed home the equaliser.

Bolton managed to apply pressure after the equaliser and almost got their noses in front through Petrov's free-kick from just outside the penalty area, but the Bulgarian was brilliantly denied by Swansea keeper Michel Vorm.

BUt from then on it was really all Swansea, who missed several opportunities to take the lead before half-time. Gylfi Sigurdsson's effort was brilliantly blocked by Steinsson, then Steven Caulker should have scored after Bogdan made a mess of Sigurdsson's free-kick, but the centre-half blasted the ball over the bar.

The second half was all Swansea, as the Welsh visitors laid siege to the Bolton goal. Sigurdsson was again denied by Bogdan, whose quick reactions also saw him smother a great opportunity for Danny Graham. Bogdan then denied Sinclair with another excellent save, before the keeper had his crossbar to thank for saving a booming strike from Graham.

There was little reaction from Bolton, who seemed unable to get on the attack. The introduction of 'strikers' in the form of goal shy David Ngog and top scorer Ivan Klasnic failed to add any real further threat, as the closest Bolton came was an Eagles strike that fizzed narrowly wide.

Blackburn's win over Norwich and QPR's victory over Spurs - yet another 'big team' succumbing to defeat against one of Bolton's relegation rivals - leaves Wanderers next to bottom of the league, four points from safety. Luckily they do have two games in hand, beginning with Aston Villa on Tuesday evening, but a much improved performance and attacking edge is required if the team are to get anything from their remaining five matches.

A win is now a necessity at Villa Park on Tuesday, but a performance similar to the one against Swansea will not be good enough. I know Swansea have been good this year, but when your team is fighting for survival, desperate for points and facing a newly promoted side who have nothing left to play for, you are well within your rights to expect them to show some fight. This Bolton side seems to be totally lacking in fight, and the fact that Swansea totally dominated them at the Reebok is frankly humiliating. Bolton seem bereft of creativity, new ideas and worryingly short of goals, which is not ideal going into the last five matches of the season desperate for points.

Something needs to change, and quickly. But unfortunately for Bolton it appears unlikely to come, and the Wanderers seem to be staring relegation firmly in the face.
Rob

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