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Player Ratings: Charlton Athletic 2-2 Bolton Wanderers

Rob rates Wanderers' efforts at Charlton on Tuesday night

Emile Heskey scored his first goal in almost a year at Charlton on Tuesday
Emile Heskey scored his first goal in almost a year at Charlton on Tuesday
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Bolton Wanderers battled back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night. A shambolic first 25 minutes was followed by a spirited response that could, and maybe should, have seen Wanderers seal their first victory in three months.

Here is our assessment of Bolton's players at The Valley.

Ben Amos: 6

Amos was relatively untested by Charlton, I don't remember him making a save despite conceding twice and seeing a late effort bounce against his crossbar. He couldn't do anything about either of the goals that saw us trailing 2-0, as he was painfully exposed by some poor defending.

Rob Holding: 7

Started slowly, like the rest of the defence, but grew into the game and looked solid. Combined well with Feeney down the right as Wanderers pushed forwards, but often looked like a centre half being forced to play out of position. Holding has shown that putting faith in youth could be an option for Neil Lennon, and it remains to be seen how many more will follow him into the first-team.

Prince: 7

This was the Prince we knew and loved in his first few games in the Bolton shirt. He made multiple diving tackles to save us being caught out at the back and looked solid, and in this form he's a shoe-in to start alongside Wheater.

David Wheater: 7

Mr Dependable has barely put a foot wrong all season, and you'd struggle to find a mistake in his performance on Tuesday evening. He made a great clearance from a Vaz Te effort, and the longer he and Prince are paired together at the back, the better.

Dean Moxey: 6

Moxey had a decent game with the exception of switching off to allow Charlton to score their second goal. A quick free-kick caught Moxey sleeping, which led to the ball being squared into the box and an easy tap in at the far post.

Jay Spearing: 7

Bar the aberration that led to Charlton's 27 second opener, Spearing put in a busy, energetic performance that we've been lacking in our midfield all season. He's exactly what we need in terms of breaking up play and getting us moving on counter attacks, so lets hope he can keep this up and stay in the first team.

Mark Davies: 7

We saw flashes of the Mavies of several years ago, but we're still not getting enough of his dangerous jinking runs from midfield. He has the quality to get forward and score goals, but for some reason it's just not happening for him. But there were signs against Charlton that more is to come, and he's certainly a better option than Darren Pratley at the moment.

Josh Vela: 8

This was easily Vela's best performance of the season, and he took full advantage of the opportunity to step into Pratley's boots in midfield. He was industrious, broke up play, looked composed on the ball and to top that off scored his first Bolton goal by shooting from long range, albeit via a hefty deflection. Was cruelly taken out of the game by a poor challenge by El-Hadji Ba, which somehow went unpunished by the poor referee, but initial signs are that the injury isn't too serious. More of the same please Josh.

Liam Feeney: 7

Achieved the unlikely by assisting our first goal with a left footed cross, and looked lively throughout. He was a willing runner down the right flank and put in a series of decent crosses that he was unlucky to see go unconverted by our forwards.

Emile Heskey: 7

With Shola Ameobi injured and Gary Madine not fit enough to start, Wanderers fans feared the worst when it was confirmed Heskey would be starting up front. But the big man was superb, not only scoring his first goal in a year but keeping the Charlton defence concerned by his presence, and was unlucky not to receive at least one penalty after two rash challenges by centre-half Alou Diarra. On this kind of form Heskey will convince his many doubters that he does still have something to offer us this season.

Zach Clough: 6

It was great to see Clough back in action, but he struggled and looked well short of match fitness at times. His potential moment of glory was a decent chance to seal all three points late on, but he dragged his shot wide of the far post. He showed a few nice touches, and it'll be great to see him back to full fitness soon. Lord knows we need a fully fit Zach Clough right now.


Gary Madine: 6 (on for Heskey, 66)

Put himself about, won a few free kicks and missed a chance late on having replaced the tiring Heskey.

Neil Danns: 6 (on for Vela, 75)

Only had 15 minutes on the pitch, and wasn't involved a great deal.

Stephen Dobbie: N/A (on for Clough, 90)

Why, just why?