BOLTON 1-2 CHARLTON ATHLETIC
Djorkaeff 2
Bart-Williams 26 (pen), Euell 71
Jaaskelainen, Whitlow, Ngotty, Barness, Charlton, Warhurst, Frandsen, Gardner, DjorkaeffPedersen, Ricketts
Keily, Powell, Rufus, Rowett, Young, Stuart, Bart-Williams, Jensen, Konchesky, Euell, Johansson
Mendy, Nolan (Gardner 77), Holdsworth (Ricketts 77), Walters (frandsen 84), Poole
Brown (Rowett 5), Lisbie (Stuart 74), Svensson (Johansson 82), Kishishev, Rachubka
Yellow : N'Gotty (76)
Yellow : Euell 78
Youri Djorkaeff's Goal
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The stats would tell you Bolton should have won this game. But the only stat that really matters says they didn't.

It all started so well again, with a good move leading to Warhursts right footer from outside the area. Kiely got a hand to it but palmed it into the goal area where Djorkaeff was following int o tap the ball in. For the first half an hour Boplton were well on top, Gardner and Pedersen missed good chances to extend the lead.

And how costly those misses turned out to be in the end. On 26 minutes a rather innnocuous collision between N'Gotty and Rufus in the box waiting for a Chalrton free kick led to a penalty for Chalrton which Bart WIlliams converted well. Even more galling, 6 minutes later Pedersen went down under a very hefty challenge from Rufus in the Chalrton box was waved play on by referee Matt Messias.

In the second half the game was much more even and open, with players from both sides having chances blocked or put wide. On 70 minutes Bolton got their defense in a twist, Euell slipped his marker and tapped in Stuart's cross to give Charlton a lead they really hardly deserved. The lead held until the final whistle, despite Nolan's effort being palmed wide late on.

As I said, the stats say Bolton should have this game. They had more shots on target, more of the ball... but they didn't. The problems are inherently the reverse of the problems at the end of last season. While last year Bolton simply couldn't create chances but were compact and hard to break down, now they are creating any number of chances but lack organisation in defense and cannot control a game. Somewhere in between last season and this season lies a team which can do well. Howe long it takes Allardyce to find that team will define how hard Bolton will find their second season in the premiership.