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Player Ratings: Charlton Athletic v Bolton Wanderers

Another away defeat for Wanderers but a hugely impressive performance as the visitors totally dominated the match at The Valley - but how did the players rate on Tuesday night?

Clive Rose

As the south east London winds whipped around The Valley on Tuesday night, the Neil Lennon revolution picked up pace at Bolton Wanderers.

Despite suffering a 2-1 defeat by Charlton, Wanderers totally dominated the encounter and could and should have come away with their second away win of the season, fresh from their first at Birmingham on Saturday.

But it wasn't to be for the Whites, as Charlton scored two goals on the break as Wanderers bossed possession and shots at goal, but simply lacked the end quality and last ball to put Charlton away.

This lack of quality was shown by Bolton outscoring Charlton on corners 14-1, yet none of our players were able to deliver a quality cross from the set-piece - despite Jay Spearing, Mark Davies, Neil Danns and, worryingly, Darren Pratley all having a crack at it.

The performance showed the players have been given a new lease of life by the arrival of Lennon, with Lee Chung Yong and Neil Danns in particular looking like new players for Bolton. But how did they and their teammates rate?

GK: Andy Lonergan 6

Bolton's keeper really had very little to do, except pick the ball out of the net twice. I can't remember him having to make a save all match, and he had no chance with either of the goals. He was simply let down by poor defending in front of him - something he must be becoming painfully accustomed to.

RB: Kevin McNaughton 5

Nearly got caught out on a couple of occasions, and doesn't possess the pace to pose a threat down the wing in support of Feeney.

CB: Matt Mills 6

Had a relatively solid game, and was untroubled by a Charlton strikeforce that barely posed a threat all match long.

CB: Dorian Dervite 6

Likewise did little wrong against his former employers, yet his lack of composure on the ball at times could be a cause for concern.

LB: Dean Moxey 4

He may have scored Bolton's goal, but don't let that mask what was another poor performance from the left-back. He is weak defensively, and lacks conviction on the ball down the left.

CM: Jay Spearing 5

It seems Spearing is capable of only one thing - passing the ball sideways. He doesn't track runners from midfield - which led to their second goal - and his crossing from set-pieces was nothing short of disgraceful for a professional footballer.

CM: Neil Danns 7

This was easily Danns' best performance of the season, as he bossed the central midfield area. Danns showed several promising bursts and good touches on the ball, but needs a half-decent striker to capitalise on his technical expertise. Has Lennon finally found a position for Danns to slot into this side?

RW: Liam Feeney 5

Feeney was largely ineffective against Charlton, and was withdrawn just after the hour mark. He was utilised on his favoured right-hand side, but was often isolated and his teammates were all too often willing to let Feeney go alone against two or three defenders. The winger put several decent balls into the box, but the age-old problem was there was no striker getting into positions where they could attack the ball.

AM: Chung-Yong Lee 7

Like Danns, this is the best I've seen Chungy play this season. In the first half an hour he looked like a player reinvigorated by the arrival of Lennon, but he tended to drift it as the game wore on. There were a few occasions where he should have taken on a shot rather than try the killer pass that wasn't on, which is a surefire sign that he is a player lacking in confidence. The more Lennon works with him I am convinced that Chungy will grow in self-belief and become one of the best midfielders in the Championship. He still hasn't scored this season, whereas he should be scoring 10 to 15 goals per season at this level.

LW: Darren Pratley 3

Words fail for me for how bad Pratley is. We used to be able to say 'well at least he tries hard and puts a shift in,' but he doesn't even do that anymore. He has no touch, no composure and gives the ball away far too easily. The quicker he's out of Bolton Wanderers, the better.

CF: Jermaine Beckford 2

Beckford was shocking at Charlton. He didn't hold the ball up, missed two good chances - one a total airshot from ten yards out which I would have been angry at myself for missing in my Thursday 5-a-side league - didn't work hard and didn't create chances for his teammates. I am appalled that he managed to play the full 90 minutes. I know Lennon has said that Beckford will score goals at this level, but I'm afraid that history and statistics tell us otherwise.

Just in case you don't believe me (people usually choose to abuse me when I make this point!). In 106 career appearances in the Championship, Beckford has scored 23 goals - that's one goal every 4.6 matches. Many people will quote his 'good season in the Premier League,' where he only actually scored 8 goals in 34 games for Everton - just one goal every 4.25 matches.  Beckford's only ever had a good goalscoring ratio in League One, where he has scored 83 goals in 138 appearances - that's one goal every 1.6 matches.

In short, Bolton need a decent striker who is able to score goals at Championship level and play up front on their own, and Beckford simply is not that player.


RW: Mark Davies 5 (for Feeney, 63 mins) Struggled to make an impression when he was introduced in place of Feeney. Feeney's absence left Bolton devoid of any width, and Davies certainly isn't the man to provide it. We need to get Mark fit, with a long run in the team if we have any chance of climbing the Championship table.

CF: May Clayton 5 (for Pratley, 81 mins) Showed a few nice touches, but received little service and didn't have enough time to express himself up front.

LB: Tim Ream 5 (for Moxey, 81 mins) Quite a strange substitution when you're chasing a winner, and Ream unsurprisingly offered little in his ten minutes on the pitch.