Man of the Match v. Yeovil Town: Rob Hall

Laurence Griffiths

In what was a very frustrating and disappointing afternoon at the Reebok trying to identify a ‘Man of the Match’ proved to be quite a challenging task. Despite the majority of the players putting in a bad account for themselves, one player stood out: Rob Hall.

The 19 year old was the shining light in a poor Bolton side as they failed to overcome Yeovil Town. Hall was exciting on the ball and carved out various chances which were squandered by our numerous "prolific" strikers. Hall was involved in Chung-Yong Lee’s first half chance. It was an opportunity in which the Korean winger really should have done better in judging his one-on-one and otherwise unchallenged position.

If I’m being brutally honest only, only two or three players had decent games in Rob Hall, Medo Kamara, and Tim Ream. The latter had a solid game at centre back, limiting the Glovers’ chances to a bare minimum. Another decent performer was Adam Bogdan. Excluding his blunder that gifted Yeovil Town the goal and which he will hold his hands up for, the goalkeeper didn’t have a bad game. The Hungarian international made two important first half saves which kept the Whites in the game, yes he messed up but the abuse is not needed. All top goalkeepers make mistakes and I’ll guarantee you that Adam will come back stronger and better than ever.

Jermaine Beckford showed us yet again why his career been on a downwards spiral since his days at Leeds in League One. The Jamaican striker missed a glaring one-on-one chance, shooting straight at Wolves loanee goalkeeper, Wayne Hennessey. We’ve been creating chances but we just can’t finish them! Our unbelievable record continues with still no league goals being scored by our strikers. N’Gog hasn’t overcome his phobia of shooting and Beckford is still as sharp as a spoon.

To end my rant, I was very disappointed with Chung-Yung Lee. Ever since his double leg break in 2011 against Newport County in pre-season, he hasn’t been the same player. Today he was especially poor; he was competent running with the ball but never turned his possession into chances. On numerous occasions he wasn’t decisive; neither did he pull the trigger to shoot or pass. His poor performance ended prematurely after he was replaced by debutant Liam Feeney.

That rant was necessary because we simply weren’t good enough on the day and haven’t been all season. Although the Man of the Match Award went to Rob Hall, he didn't have an amazing stand-out performance, he just wasn't as bad as his peers. I understand that I’ve wandered from the Man of the Match topic but no one really stood out and gave the fans something to cheer about. Writing a few hundred words about a player having a decent game today is an impossible task. Should the manager stay or go is another debate but if we're realistic who could we get in better than Dougie? He turned it around for us last season so why can’t he do it for us again? The fans were brilliant getting behind the team today for the last 20 minutes; if we can continue doing this things will change, just keep the faith.

To finish I’m going to leave you with the wise words of Bill Shankly:

"If you can't support us when we draw or lose, don't support us when we win"

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