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Man of the Match v. Hull City: Mark Davies

Michael Steele

Having way too many choices for man of the match is a very good problem for Bolton Wanderers fans to have. From (literally) the first minute on against Hull City, Trotters supporters were spoiled for choice. A number of the players were within shout and there was really not one that could be outed for playing poorly.

Craig Dawson is one of the obvious shouts for man of the match. On top of looking solid in defense for the fourth game in a row, Dawson once more looked like a constant goal threat. In fact, he threatened so much that he scored two goals for the Trotters (the first was the eventual game winner). Dawson's first goal was a classy headed finish that (arguably) just crossed the line. The second goal, after much bouncing around in the box, was smartly flicked in by Dawson from a Marcos Alonso drive.

Darren Pratley deserves a mention as well, considering just how good he's been for the men in white over the last few matches. His opening goal was very well taken and his work rate (once again) cannot be faulted. This is the man that Owen Coyle signed from Swansea on a free and it's better late than never that he's finally found his footing in a Bolton shirt.

Chung Yong-Lee had what was arguably his best match since returning from a broken leg last season. On top of being directly responsible for Bolton's opener, Chungy wreaked havoc for Hull City on both wings.

Our man of the match though was Mark Davies who was thoroughly involved in Bolton's attack throughout the day.The team's first real bit of action came just after the minute mark when a nice bit of one-two play saw Mark Davies release Chung-Yong Lee on the left. It was the Korean winger's cross that would get the glory as Darren Pratley smartly headed home. Just three minutes later though, it was Mark Davies who would take his shot. He let his effort go from 20 yards out and despite David Stockdale getting a hand on it, went into the back of the net.

The match was Davies' third since returning from his injury suffered at Huddersfield Town and was one of his best in a Bolton Wanderers shirt. Dougie Freedman had elected to play the midfielder in a more advanced role, just behind David Ngog who played as a slightly reserved striker. The move worked a tactical treat and, if we had a bottle of champagne to hand out, would have earned one for Mark Davies.