I believe it was Albert Einstein who said that insanity was doing the same things everyday and expecting different results. If what the great man said is true, then well our past two managers have been a little bit loco. The team line up isn't changing and thus our results, and simultaneously our performances aren't either.
I had hoped that Mackay might come out with an experimental side, how many of us would have excepted that? We could have lost, drawn or won and whatever he could look at it and see what worked and what didn't worked compared to the eleven men we currently play with.
With all the above in mind the one change to the team was Ali Al Habsi returning in goal. Thank god, as this could have been a lot worse score line. From the word go it was one way traffic as a Bolton Wanderers led by Neil Lennon systematically played us off the park.
There was no fight, there was no cohesion.
It is like this team is plugging leaks, but no one seems quite know where to fix them. As it was regardless of the all the chances the Wanderers fashioned in that first half none went in, that was due in no small part to our goalkeeper; Al Habsi though is off to the Asia cup this month.
The second half was the continuing story, we did have a sniff of getting a goal in the second half when Adam Forshaw hit a header goal wards. Adam Bogdan in the Bolton goal was equal to the effort and probably thankful that he got to do something in the game.
It was if course the hosts that got the only and winning goal of the game. Teenage debutant Zac Clough who had impressed throughout got the goal when he lifted the ball over Ali. There was still 15 minutes of the game left, but Latics didn't have the stomach for this fight.
Instead we now have to look forward (again) and hope (again) that maybe just maybe, we might get a win when we face Birmingham in the forthcoming week.