For the second week in a row, our man of the match (in losing efforts) was Josh Vela. Bolton Wanderers seem to have a fairly special player on their hands. At 19 years old, Josh Vela was handed his first league start ever and he made good use of it. Vela once again looked very comfortable on the ball and his ability to read the game is making the young midfielder a real asset for Bolton Wanderers. Couple that with Vela's tenacity and his willingness to go into a tackle, and he is quickly positioning himself to be an important member of Bolton's setup for years to come.
Jay Spearing was in good form for Bolton as well and broke up a number of Watford attacks, as he will tend to do. He also came close to scoring for Bolton, testing Manuel Almunia from a full 30 yards out and forcing the goalkeeper into a good, low stop.
Marcos Alonso deserves plaudits as well. Of Watford's many forays into Bolton's half, very few were down the left flank. As a defender, Marcos Alonso has been nothing short of fantastic the last few weeks, as was evidenced against crystal Palace, Everton, and, now, Watford. Where Alonso really adds a bonus for the Trotters is in his ability to go forward and he again caused trouble for the Hornets' defense yesterday.
Finally, Marvin Sordell deserves special mention. Occasionally players are nervous when returning to grounds that they used to call home, but not Sordell. His penalty for Bolton's goal was once again calm and collected and he proved his worth once more as a lone striker. Sordell came very close to giving Bolton a second lead but it smacked the corner where the post meets the crossbar.
Who was your Bolton man of the match v. Watford?