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Player Ratings: Bolton Wanderers v Huddersfield Town

How did the team do against Huddersfield?

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In what was a fairly dull game at the Macron, due to the scrappiness of the affair, Bolton managed to grind out yet another win, at home, to propel themselves up the table, thanks to Craig Davies' second half strike. Bolton, once again, started the game on the back foot, with the Terries looking dangerous early on. But Bolton managed to grow into the game and controlled the ball for majority of the match. Huddersfield made it difficult for us and we were no where near our best, but we managed to dig in and earn a very important win.

Andy Lonergan - 8

With the ominous sight of Adam Bogdan back sitting on the bench, it was important for Lonergan to keep his fine form going in order to keep his place in the side, and he did just that. Whilst he wasn't troubled too much through out the game, two spectacular saves right at the beginning of the second half were just as, if not more, important than Davies' goal at the other end. He earned us the points with that unbelievable save from, former Wanderer, Jacob Butterfield's point blank effort, and something tells me he'll be keeping his place for foreseeable future.

Josh Vela - 5

Whilst Vela does look a bit more settled playing at right back and he rarely put a foot wrong, defensively speaking, against Huddersfield, I'd still prefer to see a natural right back take up the position and see Vela moved into the middle where his attributes are best suited. Against Huddersfield he gave away possession on a few different occasions and had we been against a better side he would almost certainly have been punished for it, and Sean Scannell gave him a bit of a run around in the opening minutes, but he steadily improved at the minutes ticked on.

Matt Mills - 6

Much like the little wobble Dervite had a couple of weeks ago, I thought Mills went through the same ordeal on Saturday. Whilst no major mishaps occurred he just seemed a little off point. His touch on the ball was wild at times, he let the sleight Scannell brush past him and most of Huddersfield's attacks seemed to come from the gap between him and Vela. However, he did seem to overcome it in the latter stages of the game and was monstrous during Huddersfield's late flurry of attacks.

Dorian Dervite - 7

Another fine performance from the beautiful, French defender. He come up against two vastly different opponents in the fast and tricky Nahki Wells and physically imposing Grant Holt, but he marshalled both of them with ease, with neither getting a sniff on goal when Dervite was around.

Tim Ream - 7

Despite losing possession deep in Huddersfield's half, which nearly led to us conceding on the counter, it was another solid and assured display from the American. He was, for the most part, as composed as ever going forward with the ball and offering an option wide on the left, and at the back it seemed like nothing at all came from down his side, apart from of course, that single counter attack.

Neil Danns - 8

Once again, Neil Danns was my man of the match. A lot has been made about some positional changes Lennon has made to some other players, and rightfully so, but no where near enough is being said about how well Danns has been since he was moved into centre midfield. He recently turned 32, but you'd find it difficult to tell whilst watching him play, as he continuously storms around the pitch. His anticipation and ability to win the ball, along with his knack to drive forward with the ball at his feet, is one of the major things that dragged us through the game on Saturday.

Darren Pratley - 7

Dazza Prazza is a real strange one for me, whilst under Lennon he's played really well, Saturday being no different as he showed some cool passing and made some great tackles, but he just seems to not really do anything. He was good, don't get me wrong, but to me at least, he just doesn't offer enough at either end of the pitch. Although, he does work tremendously hard and I suppose that's why he's still in team over some other midfielders who aren't as fortunate.

Liam Feeney - 5

Saturday's battle against the Terriers was not Feeney's finest hour in a Wanderers jersey. He struggled to get most of his crosses beyond the first man, he was often a second or two behind the flow of play, tired surprisingly quickly as the game wore on and just didn't do much in general. In a distinctive however, however, he continued to work hard and help out Vela down the right hand side and he did pull of a wonderfully weighted pull back for the goal, whilst under pressure, so I won't criticism him to heavily!

Chung-Yong Lee - 6

Chungy was as elegant on the ball as ever, showing some lovely touches and passes, his slotted pass to Feeney in the build up to our goal was exquisite. However, due to the scrappiness of the game, Lee found it difficult to get any real foot hold into the match and the whole Bolton side were less threatening as a result.

Max Clayton - 5

Much like his fellow winger, Clayton, who is only young and is improving game by game, didn't have the best of times against Huddersfield. His touch was often lacking and he just didn't seem to have too much of an impact on the game, but the same can be said for most of the attacking players in fairness. However, his continued dynamism and comfort in any attacking position, made us unpredictable at times.

Craig Davies - 7

After a slightly disappointing first half, Davies bursted back to form in the second, with yet another barnstorming performance. He worked incredibly hard, once again, in order to win and hold up the ball in wait of fellow attackers, which works wonders for the team. He finally displayed some goalscorer traits too, with his goal: displaying some nice movement to be in the right place to took Feeney's cut back away.


Rob Hall - 6

Although Hall was only introduced to the game with less than five minutes left on the clock, he looked sharp in his movement and with the brief moments he had on the ball. I've often been a big critic of Hall, but I would like to see him get a bit more game time, as I believe he offers a bit more pace and creativity than Feeney.