Latics in Santa Dash for Pre-Christmas Points?

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A draw at Bolton isn’t perhaps the most satisfying result, given their league placing and position of perpetual turmoil. Yet the prospect of going there and losing would be absolutely unthinkable, so in that respect, I was happy with a draw.

I thought we had the majority of the play and should have gone on to batter them at 1-0 but it wasn’t to be. Given there appear have been some doubts about our penalty, mostly from Bolton fans, and the fact both sides had second half chances, from what I can remember, then there’s no disgruntlement here.

I genuinely feel so nauseous when watching a game there, nothing to do with the pre-match pints of Moretti, that I was just pleased to get out with a point intact.

It still leaves us in lower mid-table limbo somewhat, in spite of a decent haul of five points from the last nine. So we need to look forward to the next few games and try and ascertain how they might pad out. Frank Lampard appears to have transitioned seamlessly into the Derby County manager’s role. They’re currently in 7th and probably going to miss out or lose in the play offs again, so he’s well on track to follow the “McClaren Model”.

I know very little about them other than they are henceforth always going to be eternally prefixed with the words “Frank Lampard’s Derby County” in the style first popularised by Phil Brown’s Hull City a few years back. I also know that the food in the player’s canteen can’t be up to much seeing as Bradley Johnson got so hungry last week that he started eating Joe Allon’s shirt. Never trust a footballer called Bradley.

So he won’t be playing, but they will still be blessed with an abundance of attacking riches including former Peterborough starlet, Jack Mariott, some chap called Waghorn and the permanently annoying David Nugent. They also have a pair of starlets on loan from Liverpool and Chelsea in the form of Harry Wilson and Mason Mount, who might sound like an exclusive golf club but is actually a fairly exciting future England prospect.

I guess you’d probably have to ask why they aren’t further up the table given this embarrassment of attacking stars but they did lose 1-0 to both Bolton and Rotherham earlier in the season, so we must take the Blackburn performance as our benchmark and continue to press on with our impressive home form.

With a pair of tricky looking away games to look forward to over Christmas, we may need to get a few more points in the bag this side of the big man coming down the chimney to give us some breathing space heading into the New Year and the chaos of the transfer window.

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