Happy New Year everyone!! Hope you had a brilliant time over Christmas and New Year (apart from the results), but here it is, 2013, we were really hoping we could kick start the year with 3 points, and to forget just how bad performances had been in previous games.
There looked to be a few sore heads inside a freezing cold Elland Road prior to kick off, I wasn’t one of those though, so I was able to laugh at the people that were hungover and cheer on the boys.
Warnock had again made changes to the side that lost at the KC Stadium bringing back, Diouf, Peltier, Austin and the clubs' top scorer, Luciano Becchio.
A foul on Luciano Becchio just outside the area was ignored by the referee on the first minute of play and the Argentine was involved in the games first effort on goal four minutes later though his shot was well over the bar.
A defensive error by Alan Tate on the 19th minute gave Bolton an opportunity to attack. Chris Eagles' effort from inside the area just clipping the post.
The rest of the half was very scrappy and uneventful and neither side had any kind of control over the game.
Frustratingly for us though Bolton looked beatable, we had to come out of the tunnel and make sure we didn't have one of those crazy 10 minute spells we'd seen in the previous two games.
The game didn't change much though in the second half but we were going forward a little more, Ross McCormack had a penalty shout turned down on the 58th minute.
Ross McCormack was brought down in the area on the 65th minute though by Tyrone Mears and the referee, Gibbs, was in no doubt this time and pointed straight to the spot.
Step forward Luciano Becchio who sent Bogdan the wrong way, scoring his 18th goal of the season so far.
That definitely made the game more watchable but we now had a lead to defend.
Rodolph Austin had an ambitious shot on goal from outside the area on the 69th minute, it was well over the bar though, never troubling Bogdan.
Becchio almost got his second minutes later after a corner came into the box from Diouf, Luciano's header though was too high, but at least we were having some better chances!!
The referee brought an end to, what wasn't a pretty match by anyone's standards, but an important 3 points all the same.
It was announced officially today that we have extended Alan Tate's loan for another month from his parent club, Swansea.
Jerome Thomas announced on his Twitter, he'd gone back to West Brom after his loan spell came to an end, he thanked fans for their support and said he'd enjoyed his time here.
Obviously there are a lot of rumours flying around at the moment but I'm one of the boring ones who will wait until it is official to believe it, we do need additions to the squad though, but as everyone knows, January is a difficult time to do business and according to Warnock, we've already missed out on a couple of players, it's still only the 2nd of January though!!
We currently sit in 8th position in the League, two points off the Play Offs.
3 points was what I really wanted to kick start 2013, lets hope for a successful year for us and make a real go of it for the second half of the season.
MOT xx <3 xx