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MOTM: Bolton Wanderers v Bournemouth

It was another home loss for Bolton Wanderers this past weekend, but unlike the losses under former manager Dougie Freedman, there was some optimism in the terraces afterwards. We were even able to choose a Man of the Match with a straight face.

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It has well and truly been a roller coaster weekend for the whole of Bolton Wanderers Football Club. But somebody seems to have thrived in these most uncertain times and I'm very happy to introduce my man of the match. Our captain, Jay Spearing.

Saturday was easily Spearing's best performance for the whites this season. His delivery and passing precision has been a poor part of his game in the last 10 matches; however, against AFC Bournemouth he looked comfortable in possession and used the 40 yard pass range that he does have in his locker to great effect.

His ability to pick up stray passes and dominate the midfield was on exhibition also as he kept the opposition pinned in their own half for much of the game, and a confidence seems to surround the defensive midfielder, which clearly rubs off on the players around him.

Now the question is, was it Dougie Freedman's tactics that meant that Spearing couldn't do the job we've all seen in do in his time on loan or has his dismissal given him a new reason to impress and remain captain of the team. Either way I'm happy to see him with such confidence and may this good form long continue as we enter into a new era of Bolton Wanderers.