West Bromwich Albion were given the weekend off as our game against Bolton Wanderers was cherry-picked by the broadcasters and shoved into the Monday evening television slot.
Making the trip up to the University of Bolton Stadium for the game, the hosts have plenty of problems of their own and we happily helped the frustrations in the fanbase by taking a semi-comfortable 2-0 victory on the night.
Jay Rodriguez opened the scoring 19 minutes into the first half, but it took us a while to secure the game as the second goal didn’t come until 15 minutes from the full-time whistle as Sam Field found the back of the net.
It seems our week out in Dubai for a warm-weather training camp may have done the trick as although the game was largely balanced on a statistics front, the massive blow of losing Harvey Barnes with Leicester City recalling him didn’t prove to be that big a problem on a creativity front.
Speaking to the BBC following the end of the match, head coach Darren Moore explained.
“It was a mature performance. It was a difficult game with the conditions and what was going on around the club. But, the players dealt with it really well and their work in and out of possession was excellent. It was a mature, away-day performance and I’m obviously delighted to get the two goals and keep a clean sheet.”
"He eats, sleeps and breathes this football club as we know. That will have been a special moment for him."
Darren praises goalscorer and Academy graduate Sam Field following tonight's win at Bolton… ????
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) January 21, 2019