The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

ON pa­per, this was a clash be­tween two ti­tle con­tenders. In re­al­ity it was 90 min­utes of one-way traf­fic.

And don’t be swayed by the fact Bolton were down to ten me.

From the mo­ment Jamie Mackie nipped in to put For­est ahead af­ter two min­utes, the Trot­ters looked ready for the coach ride home.

They never got to grips with For­est’s high-tempo press­ing, nor with Ra­doslaw Ma­jew­ski’s elu­sive schem­ing be­hind the front two.

The lit­tle Pole was every­where, set­ting up the first two goals and find­ing gaps all over the shop.

Ig­nored by Steves McClaren and Cot­ter­ill, Ma­jew­ski is re­pay­ing Davies’ faith in spades.

Bolton lacked cre­ativ­ity and any kind of threat up front and did them­selves no favours by re­sort­ing to kick­ing any­thing that moved.

If there is one con­so­la­tion for Dougie Freed­man it is that he won’t face many sides bet­ter than For­est this year - who cer­tainly look like ti­tle con­tenders.

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