Another disappointing afternoon for the Trotters, this time at Ewood Park, has left Bolton reeling. The club tipped by many to leading the charge to promotion ahead of the season is struggling to find good team performances with few individuals pushing forward. There were few standouts for the Whites on the day. With the options sparse, just like they had been all season, one man had to be Bolton's man of the match.
Chung-Yong Lee was one of Bolton's main attacking threats on the day, operating on the edge of Blackburn's penalty area and trying to make things happen for the Trotters. The winger was plucky and looked to show the form that he possessed prior to his broken leg in the 2011/12 season. For much of the last year, the wide man did not look like his old self and was thus bemoaned by many Bolton fans. His play against Blackburn, minus the end product (or lack thereof) showed glimpses of his old self.
Tipped heavily to leave the Reebok before Monday evening deadline, Tyrone Mears was handed his first start of the season by Dougie Freedman at right back with Alex Baptiste moving to the other flank. Mears was decent at best on his return despite being completely exposed as Bolton started out without a right winger. Such was the narrow midfield play of Bolton. Mears also had to contend with the impressive forward play of Blackburn's former-Manchester United winger Joshua King. The wide man had a part to play in two of the four Blackburn goals on the day but this was as much as poor marking by the Wanderers centre back pairing as opposed to Mears' defensive work.
With all of that said, Saturday's Man of the Match award goes to David Ngog. The former Liverpool striker, with all the chaos around him, was having one of his better games in a white shirt and until he was taken off in the second-half. Bolton were looking likely to equalise with the score at 2-1 at that point in the match. Ngog was unlucky not to find himself on the score sheet after an impressive run which culminated in a side-footed shot cleared off the line by Blackburn defender, Tommy Spurr. Ngog looked comfortable in the "number 10" role, a role Dougie Freedman identified as one where the French Striker could flourish. Despite the lack of finish, Ngog's play on the day was largely impressive, especially with his runs out of the midfield.