Bolton Wanderers put on one of their best displays of the season against Arsenal at the Emirates on Tuesday evening. Although Bolton came away with another loss, and failed to progress to the quarter finals, they at least came out of the game with their heads held high after keeping Arsenal under pressure for long periods of the game.
Owen Coyle had made nine changes to the side which had slumped to a 7th successive home defeat on Saturday. Out went Jaaskelainen, Boyata, Wheater, Robinson, Eagles, ReoCoker, Petrov, Davies and Ngog.
The players coming in gave a good account of themselves and even took the lead early in the second half through Fabrice Muamba who fired into the roof of the net after starting the attacking move from midfield. Arsenal came back strongly and scored two quick fire goals which were ultimately enough to win the game. Bolton created a lot of good chances and were probably the better team in the second half. A string of good saves and near misses were the order of the day, though, and the Wanderers could not find an equalizer.
Gardner, Pratley, Mark Davies, Adam Bogdan and Fabrice Muamba were all stand out performers for the whites and I would hope they will all start against Swansea at the weekend. The team produced some good football and were in control of the game for long periods. I feel those players deserve there chance to build on that performance as they played with more passion and fluidity than I have seen for a number of months. In my opinion Bolton certainly did not miss Kevin Davies, Reo Coker, Petrov or Jaaskelainen so perhaps it is time for these players to take a step back and give the other lot a go!
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