‘It’s going to get worse before it gets better’ – These Bolton fans reflect on Rochdale defeat

By Johnnaylor - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Bolton Wanderers slumped to their seventh league defeat of the season yesterday as local rivals Rochdale ran out 3-1 winners at the University of Bolton Stadium.

It was a bitter pill to swallow for Bolton, who had recently been showing signs of improvement, but the latest defeat left them stranded on minus eight points, still twenty-one points from safety.

It was always going to be a long season for the Trotters after delays in a protracted takeover meant they had to wait until deadline day to make any new signings. Manager Keith Hill used all his contacts in the game to bring in nine new players as the transfer window shut despite having no money to spend, but injuries to key players Jack Hobbs and Liam Bridcutt exposed the lack of depth in his squad for the Dale clash, and he had to endure his former club winning for the third time this season against his new charges, a defeat no doubt made even harder to take after Bolton took the lead in the fifty-sixth minute.

 

Bolton fans have on the whole offered tremendous support to their team this campaign, with many just glad they still had a club after the disastrous ownership of Ken Anderson plunged the club into administration and put its’ existence in jeopardy. Big away followings have been the norm with the team applauded from the pitch both home and away even in the wake of a defeat, but Saturday marked the emergence of some discontent amongst the fanbase for the first time when they took to social media to react to the result.

Most fans still appear to have kept their sense of perspective, but with the team still without a win since March, the patience of some is wearing thin.

Here is a selection of responses to the result on Twitter by fans in a more reflective mood.

 

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