Are we heading into the play-offs all fired up? No, says James Chestney, we’re not.
When the fans start to sing, ‘This is embarrassing’ then it must be, as the Tigers went down to a 1-0 defeat at already relegated Bolton Wanderers. It is then something when the manager says the fans have every right to say this and if he had paid he would have wanted his money back.
It was a lethargic, poor quality performance and it’s going to be tough getting to the ‘promised land’ playing like this, especially against Derby County. To finish fourth City still need to beat Rotherham on the last day and with Neil Warnock in charge the boys from the New York Stadium won’t be a pushover.
In truth there was little to write about as far as the game was concerned. Bruce once again rang the changes. One bright light was the return of skipper Michael Dawson to the back four alongside big Harry McGuire.
It was a Stephen Dobbie strike from close range that won the game for a team who had not won in 14 matches. City keeper Eldin Jakupovic failed to get near the shot by the substitute. Over the 90 minutes Bolton certainly deserved the win.
The City keeper had earlier stopped a shot from Bolton captain Darren Pratley from close range with defender Brian Lenihan blocking Zach Clough for the rebound. It was never going to be the Tigers’ day as they hit the woodwork twice through Robert Snodgrass (from a free-kick) and Chuba Akpom, who also sent a first-half header wide. Akpom fired in his shot from close range but it was from the counterattack that Bolton scored.
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