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Bolton Wanderers v Nottingham Forest: Player Ratings

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Player rating scale: 1 - abysmal 2- terrible 3- poor 4- average poor 5 - average 6 - ok 7 - good 8 - very good 10 - excellent

Charlie Crowhurst

Bolton Wanderers


01 Adam Bogdan - 8. Very solid performance from our Hungarian goalkeeper. He pulled off a stunning double save in the first half to deny Forest their equaliser. He consistently made some good saves and was also very dominant in his penalty area claiming various crosses. In my opinion he couldn't have done anything better for either goal.

02 Kevin McNaughton - 7. Another standout performer for the Whites in today's game. The veteran full-back was very composed and reliable throughout the fixture.

05 Tim Ream - 6 - Pretty average performance from last season's player of the year. Admittedly, he had a handful to deal with in Britt Assombalonga, however he didn't really excel in the game. In the latter stages of the second half he even had a sulk with Bogdan after he rolled the ball out to him in an awkward position.

04 Matt Mills Booked - 4 - Wasn't overly impressed with Mills. He failed to win any of his aerial battles, as Assombalonga dominated in the air. He was overexposed and caught out from behind on a couple of occasions, as he failed to adapt to Nottingham Forest's pace.

31 David Wheater - 6 - Similarly to Mills, Wheater had a mixed game. Defensively he looked ok, was there when he needed to be. However, he did look a tiny bit shaky when faced with a defender running at him. He managed to get on the score-sheet today, as he capitalised on some poor Forest defending and cooly poked the ball home from inside the penalty box. Good to see him back from injury, but I'm not convinced if he should be one of our starting centre-backs.

06 Jay Spearing Booked - 6 - Mixed game for the skipper. He started strongly and was very dominant in winning tackles, although, with the referee's help, his temper began to grow. The referee started to scrutinise the majority of his tackles, which ended up in him giving away needless free-kicks. He was also harshly adjudged to have given away a penalty when it looked like he had won the ball. That said, it was needless to dive in like he did, and it proved to be costly.

27 Chung-Yong Lee- 4 - Did he play? Lee was an invisible man today. Ever since his unfortunate injury in a pre-season game against Newport County he hasn't had confidence, and we saw that again today. Time after time he was hiding from the ball, especially from throw-ins where he consistently camped behind a red shirt. He didn't really provide any attacking threat or even worry for the Nottingham Forest defence, he was very quiet.

44 Medo Kamara - 2 - Terrible, terrible, terrible. I don't know where to start with Medo, he was useless today. Firstly, in Freedman's system I don't believe that Spearing and Medo are capable of playing together because they both try and do the same job. Medo is only good for one thing, tackling, and even when he does that it's often reckless and clumsy. Today was no different, he was poor. He always has his head down when he passes, and consequently gifts away possession time after time. And when he does eventually give up possession, he's in no hurry to go and get it back and make up for it, he was lazy.

18 Neil Danns - 6 - He did ok. One of the factors in Medo's terrible game was Neil Danns. Freedman had obviously instructed him to roam from the wing around the pitch, which he did. Consequently Medo often had to cover for this which saw him get embarrassed various times. Danns put in a solid shift, however he didn't set the world alight with his performance.

28 Craig Davies - 7 - He did well! Davies actually had quite a good game. His workrate was outstanding as he always closed down the Forest defenders and made sure that they were never comfortable in possession. He also used his strength to his advantage, as he was never shoved off the ball. It worked well with him playing with Mason, Davies used his strength to win the headers, which then provided Mason with the scraps to work from. My only grumble would be him missing what seemed like a sitter in the latter stages of the second half, although the cross was a bit powerful for him.

09 Joe Mason - 8 - Mason made his third debut at the Macron Stadium today, and he did very well. He opening the scoring in the early minutes of the game with a wonderful header. This seemed to have set the tone for him as he proved to be a constant threat for the Forest defenders. Very pleasing stuff from the Cardiff City loanee.

Substitutes


24 Andy Lonergan n/a
14 Dorian Dervite n/a
17 Liam Trotter - 70 - 5 - Came on for Danns but failed to make any sort of impact on the game. 
21 Darren Pratley - 66' Booked - 5 - Very clumsy again, giving away needles fouls. 
07 Liam Feeney n/a
35 Conor Wilkinson n/a
10 Jermaine Beckford - 89 - 5 - Didn't have enough time to make an impact on the game.

Ref: Eddie Ilderton 
Attendance: 15,753