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Man of The Match: Bolton Wanderers v Nottingham Forest

On a cold Saturday afternoon at The Reebok Stadium, Bolton Wanderers welcomed man of the people Billy Davies and his well-fancied Nottingham Forest team. After being pegged back, the Wanderers responded and got themselves level and could perhaps have won the game. We will now look at the individual performances of the Bolton team in this entertaining fixture.

Scott Heavey

Firstly, we will look at a particularly negative performance which was that of summer-signing Jay Spearing.

Spearing's performances have significantly dropped this season and Saturday was no exception, he particularly struggled with his distribution in central areas which caused the breakdown of numerous Wanderers attacks and in some cases, leaving the Whites vulnerable to the counter attack.

The quality of the delivery in set piece situations has also dipped which could be seen as an indication of the drop in confidence of the former-Liverpool man.

When Spearing was taken off set-pieces, the quality provided by the mercurial Andre Moritz to provide Matt Mills with the chance to level was sublime.

Given the impressive and match-winning performance by Medo Kamara in the FA Cup tie against Blackpool, it adds to the growing scrutiny of the captains game as we all know he is capable of much better.

From a more positive aspect, another recent signing, Neil Danns was absolutely fantastic.

Danns was a constant threat to the Forest back line and his energy levels pushed the Forest midfield line further and further back.

Danns' close control and hold up play in wide areas was also key to Wanderers applying pressure after they had managed to pull level.

It was certainly a relief to me that we managed to get the Leicester City man until the end of the season and I believe Danns will become a key player for the Wanderers, in a similar way in which the aforementioned Spearing did last season.

Other good performances were on show too, all across the back four Wanderers looked good with Tim Ream is starting to look more comfortable at left-back and Alex Baptiste putting successive encouraging performances together at the other side. In the centre, Zat Knight continues to recover from his horror show and Matt Mills capped another strong performance with a fantastic header to bring The Wanderers level.

Saturday's Man of the Match was Andy Lonergan. Lonergan pulled off two saves of real quality, one as good as I've ever seen to deny Greg Halford in the first half.

Perhaps motivated by the imminent return of position rival, Adam Bogdan, Lonergan's performance was key in ensuring Wanderers' point against one of the leagues more fancied sides.