A note from the Chairman

I fully appreciate and understand the frustration you will all be feeling this morning after last night’s game against Bristol City.

I feel that hurt and disappointment too and so does the manager, his staff and the players.

I really felt for the players and the travelling supporters last night, particularly when the hugely deflected second goal went in especially after we had battled away with ten men to get back in the game.

The record books will state that we lost 2-0 but that doesn’t give any indication of the improvement the players showed following last Saturday’s defeat to Brentford, nor the bad luck we have endured and indifferent refereeing decisions that haven’t gone our way.

I agree with the manager and think the sending off was very harsh, but when your luck is down you have to take these decisions on the chin and get up and go again. 

These aren’t excuses, but are rather reflective of our current plight and I firmly believe, as does the manager, that our efforts will be rewarded very soon.

We’ve got another tough game coming up at the weekend against Aston Villa, who have found some good form of late.

But please rest assured that the lads will be working extremely hard in training to try and get something from the game before we go into the international break.

I know that every single player who puts on a Bolton Wanderers shirt will do the club proud at Villa Park. It was clear to see last night that every player gave their all right up to the end. 

Just as we all celebrated promotion together last season, we must all remain and work together during this period as we aim to change our fortunes.

It was pleasing to see Sammy Ameobi back in action last night and he gives us something different in that final third. With more game time under his belt, he will provide us with a new dimension which will be a great benefit to the team.

Karl Henry had a solid debut at Ashton Gate and will play a very important role for us in the middle of the park for the remainder of the campaign.

He is very experienced at this level and will add some steel. Our recruitment team did an excellent job in getting him in and registered in time to play last night and they are still actively targeting one or two more additions to the squad leading up to the January transfer window.

Like I said, it is important that we all remain together and continue the fantastic support of your club as I know that the tide will turn in our favour.

There is still plenty of football to be played between now and next May and your continued support is crucial as we look to build on our improvement in form.

As has been said elsewhere, we are in a mini-league and our goal is to come out on top of that league and I have every confidence in this squad of players and management to ensure we achieve that. 

Kind regards,


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