It's six matches unbeaten for Bolton Wanderers. It sounds funny though. The run has included two away wins and some very disappointing home draws. It's only ten points out of a possible eighteen. That said, the team have played better. Hell, there was a clean sheet this past weekend. Given all of that, this week's Lion of Vienna Suite Man of The Match has a hint of accumulation about it. Absent one great performance, we are looking at a run of solid performances. The contenders:
Matt Mills and Tim Ream. It seems almost impossible to separate them at this point. Two months ago we expected to see their names together under Players Out, now they are the first names on the team sheet every week. There have been no spectacular clearances or brilliant last ditch tackles, and they have not been perfect. They have just been consistent, and consistently better each match they play together. Zat Knight and David Wheater are probably still a bit perplexed as to how this happened.
Chung-Yong Lee. Our South Korean winger had one of his better recent performances. He was more willing to run at defenders and try to create something than he has been for most of this season. He also did yeoman's work on the defensive side of the ball, which was critical considering AFC Bournemouth had over 60% possession.
David Ngog. We almost always include the goalscorers on this list, and Ngog had a nice finish on Bolton's opener. It's been an uneven season for the still young Frenchman, maybe this performance will get him on a good run.
Jermaine Beckford. There has been a lot of praise around the internet for Beckford over the past few days. The funny thing is that most of it has praised his standing around at the halfway line. Which is funny, because other Wanderers strikers who have chosen to kee themselves in goalscoring positions rather than chase down every lost cause (Marvin Sordell, Ivan Klasnic, Jared Borghetti, etc.) have been absolutely hammered by the supporters.
Neil Danns. You can read a much more detailed breakdown of Danns' contributions here, but suffice it to say he has proven to be a canny loan signing by Mr. Freedman.
The official Lion of Vienna Suite Man of The Match goes to Neil Danns, but this is a democracy. The poll is below, as is the comment section. Who would you choose?