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Man of The Match: Bolton Wanderers v Charlton Athletic

Saturday's 1-1 draw at the Reebok was a poor performance overall, but some players were better than others. Here is where we recognize those players, even if the whole sordid thing leaves a bad taste in our mouths.

Michael Steele

Sometimes choosing the Man of The Match is a joy and a privilege. That usually happens after a win, when several players have distinguished themselves on both sides of the ball. On those occasions, the writer tasked with the choice gets to watch replays of skillful goals, marvel at intelligent passes, beam after critical tackles, and gawk at sublime technique. Today is not one of those occasions. Today is an occasion to muddle through. To look at a shining moment, or a hard tackle, and give credit where credit is due. But, most likely, it is too much credit.

Brazilian midfielder Andre Moritz is on the pitch for one reason: Creativity. When he provides it, as he did a few weeks ago against Doncaster Rovers, it is a sight to behold. When he does not provide, as we saw against Huddersfield Town, it is an unmitigated disaster. Saturday was no disaster, but when it comes to attacking, he was less than stellar.

Kevin McNaughton scored our goal, and it was a great goal. In general, when a fullback scores a goal, it is a fluke. Fullbacks just don't score goals. Even if they might have the ability to do so, they seldom find themselves in the position to do so. That said, the Cardiff City Loanee had a good match overall, and has been very solid in his time at the Reebok.

Andy Lonergan made some nice saves. Sometimes, in a low scoring draw, the goalkeeper wins MOTM almost by default. This could be one of those cases.

Neil Danns did what he does on Saturday. He ran around a lot, sometimes he even did so in the general direction of the opponents goal. Solid, but unspectacular.

All things considered, the performances of these four men were fairly similar. The only substantial difference? The goal. So there you are. The Lion of Vienna Suite Man of The Match is Kevin McNaughton.

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