Birmingham City 3-1 Bolton Wanderers
Purse 61, Savage 72, Horsfield 83
Okocha 71
Vaesen, Kenna, Purse, Cunningham, Sadler, Devlin, Savage, Cisse, LAzaridis, John, Morrison Jaaskelainen, Campo, N'Gotty, Mendy, Whitlow, Farrelly, Frandsen, Gardner, Djorkaeff, Okocha, Ricketts
Horsfield (Lazaridis 60), Powell (John 78), Hughes (Savage 84), Kirovski, Bennett
Charlton(Whitlow 78), Tofting, Nolan (Frandsen 78), Holdsworth (Ricketts 70), Poole
Yellow : Morrison 46, Cisse 62
Yellow : Gardner 24,66 Mendy 9, Whitlow 41, Djorkaeff 56
Red: Gardner 66 (two yellow)
JayJay Okocha hits the bar
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JayJay Okocha's Goal
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It's a very bad pun but games liek this really give you the blues.

In utterly foul conditions (pouring rain) with a fussy referee, Bolton's defense had a day to forget and only JayJay Okocha will remember it with any fondness. Indeed, Okocha's performance was the only positive thing from the game.

The first half was utterly a non-event. Slippy ground and soaking rain killed the game completely.

The second half was different for all sorts of reasons. The action started when JaYJay Okocha bounced a shot off the Birmingham bar from fully 30 yards. Birmingham scored first though, Purse striking a sweet volley after Birmingham botched a short corner. Five minutes later, Gardner and Horsfield tangled on the edge of the box and amasingly Chris Foy reached for yellow then red as Gardner had been booked early. This was frankly a lunatic decision. It was a tangle between players but not much more - if anything Gardner had the worst of it. To be sent off effectively for getting an arm across the face is ludicrous. It seems likely the red card will be recinded but as with Ivan Campo earlier in the season, that doesn't help the fact that the game had been changed by an act of frankly terrible refereeing. Nevertheless Bolton came back and from a looping Whitlow cross Okocha struck a clean volley in past Vaesen.

That was about as good as things got for Bolton though. While they had chances, their inability to actually score from the continues to plague the team. At the other end, Bolton's defense was a mess and Savage and Horsfield scored with relatiovely little challenge. A combination of bad luck and bad performances led to Bolton losing a game they rerally neede to win, or at least get something from. Aside from Okocha's bright performance, things look bleak. The pressing question therefore is - will Okocha be enough to turn chances into goals and maybe spread some confidence throughout the side, as it is surely needed.