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Player ratings: Bolton Wanderers v Leeds United

Wanderers secured a point against Leeds after going behind early doors, but how did the Whites players rate on Saturday?

Josh Vela (centre) impressed yet again for Bolton on Saturday
Josh Vela (centre) impressed yet again for Bolton on Saturday
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Eidur Gudjohnsen's first Bolton Wanderers goal since 2000 and first in English football in almost five years rescued his side a point at home to Leeds United on Saturday.

The match left manager Neil Lennon bemoaning the lack of creative quality at his disposal, which showed as Wanderers were unable to claim all three points despite dominating large periods of play.

But how did Wanderers' players rate against their Yorkshire rivals?

GK: Andy Lonergan 6:  Was hugely unlucky to concede the penalty that got Leeds off to the perfect start in just the second minute, and pulled off several important saves. The fact that he didn't see red shows that it was never a penalty. Struggled in the blustery conditions, but certainly can't be held at fault for the visitors' opener.

RB: Josh Vela 8: Vela continues to impress and only improves match after match - to the extent that he was easily the best player on the park on Saturday. He's done superbly to fill Bolton's troublesome right-back position, but it's clear that he needs to be playing higher up the pitch. We're sadly lacking in creative midfield options, and you'd think Vela could be the natural solution to the problem.

CB Matt Mills 6: Generally coped well under difficult conditions, but a poor defensive clearance set up a Leeds attack that almost let in Sam Byram for a winner.

CB Dorian Dervite 5: Struggled a little defensively after a string of impressive performances, and was replaced by Wheater shortly after the hour mark.

LB Tim Ream 5: Was given the runaround by the lively Byram, as he had been by Huddersfield's Sean Scannell in the previous league game. Ream is not a left-back, and when he comes up against tricky wingers this really does show. He's largely filled in well, but has begun to struggle of late.

CM Neil Danns 5: Again not at his best with ball retention. Danns is not a holding midfielder and the sooner we can move him further upfield the better.

CM Liam Trotter 5: Trotter is one player that you question Neil Lennon sees in him. We may be struggling for choices in the midfield positions, but Trotter simply isn't good enough for this level of football and costs us possession on a regular basis.

RM Darren Pratley 6: Showed signs of his improved form as he won the second half penalty and was unlucky with an acrobatic volley in the the first half, but like most of the midfielders around him he struggled to create anything of note.

LM Liam Feeney 7: Feeney is one player that does have a bit of creativity, and impressed again against Leeds. He worked hard down the flanks and delivered quality crosses, we just need to get someone on the end of his deliveries.

AM Eidur Gudjohnsen 7: Tucked away his penalty with confidence, and created several moments of promise. Eidur still has flashes of brilliance, but pairing him with Emile Heskey is not ideal. He needs quick and lively players who can capitalise on his brilliance.

CF Emile Heskey 6: Worked hard and put himself about, but it's clear that Heskey doesn't have the energy levels to play for 90 minutes.


David Wheater (on for Dervite, 66) 6: Was solid in defence, despite rumours he could be heading for the exit door.

Craig Davies (on for Trotter, 72) 6: Had one effort from an angle late on, the sooner we can get him back fit and starting the better.

Tom Walker (on for Gudjohnsen, 90): Good to see another academy player getting first-team action, but his entrance came too late to have any effect on the game.