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Man Of The Match: Bolton Wanderers v Bury

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I went to Tuesday night's encounter full of hope and anticipation, relaying in my mind how many glorious goals we would put past our inferior neighbours. Instead I watched 90+ minutes of absolute rubbish and sulked off at injury time, only to realise we scored in the dying seconds and went on to win 3-2 in extra time. Now I have to pick a Man of the Match...

Jan Kruger

The mighty Bolton Wanderers were hoping to ease past local rivals Bury during the first competitive match at the Macron Stadium on Tuesday evening, after Crawley Town caused an upset and knocked us out at this stage of the competition the previous season.

But we weren't able to ease past, we were lucky to get past really. We looked awful from the start. We couldn't pass, we lacked creativity, when we had the ball we looked lost, and when we were under attack we looked frightened.

We looked like we lacked confidence in every aspect of the field.

So it comes as no surprise that I was struggling to pick a player from our team that stood out above the rest.

I thought our lineup was good, looked like 4-4-2 to me with a good mixture of first team regulars and youngsters that were coming through into the starting 11.

Although our performance was poor, I thought Connor Wilkinson and Oscar Threlkeld had a decent game. They weren't amazing by any stretch of the imagination, but Wilkinson looked comfortable on the ball when he had it, and moved about the pitch fairly well.

I feel at this point I should name and shame a couple of players who really didn't turn up for such an important local derby.

Jermaine Beckford was terrible. He just can't put the ball in the back of the net. A prime example was when we actually had some decent build up play, the ball was slotted to Beckford's feet, finally getting his touch right, turning the Bury defender in the process and all he had to do was slot it home, but instead he fired it wide and over. I was hopeful he might come to fruition this season, but I'm losing hope.

I also don't understand why Dougie keeps showing faith in Darren Pratley. I lost count tonight of how many times he got the ball and passed it backwards to Wheater or Dervite. I am at a loss as to why he can't find himself some space and utilize the ball. Danns should start ahead of him every game without fail.

Now things get a little more positive...

As the game wore on I noticed the influence of Liam Feeney in midfield and down the right wing. He controlled the ball well, he ran at players and took them on, crossing the ball into the box when he could. Whenever he had the ball at his feet he looked dangerous. I don't understand why he didn't do well at Millwall or Blackburn because for me he was our most outstanding player. He reminded me of Chris Eagles a little bit. Our most creative player by a mile. Although I could see he was frustrated at times by the lack of support he had in the final third.

I was also happy at the introduction of Craig Davies. When I spotted him earlier today at Frankie and Benny's collecting a takeaway for himself, I thought that he might be giving the match a miss.

He was unfortunate at Watford at the weekend, he wasn't able to play well due to the lack of service from the midfield, but after he came on tonight I thought he looked quite sharp, maybe when Beckford is dropped for Mason, him and Davies could form a beautiful partnership. He also scored the penalty that got us back in the game. (Thank God.)

This leads me onto Neil Danns.

Although I made a swift exit before we decided to wake up and score three goals (two of which Danns scored, one may have been an own goal) there is no denying that this player gives us an attacking quality that nobody else does. It's good to see him get stuck right in, and even though I was driving down the M61 when he made an impact, I believe he is our most consistent performer.

After looking at some of the players who didn't show up, and looking at the players that looked sharp, I'm going to give my Man of the Match award to Liam Feeney. It was clear to me that he was our best player, I thought he did an excellent job.

I think he will be a dark horse for us this season.