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Bolton Wanderers 3 v 1 Fulham: Player Ratings

I cast my eye over our men in White and give them a mark out of ten which I am sure they are all waiting for with baited breath...

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Andy Lonergan - 6.5

Not sure if he was a little slow in closing down the angle for the Fulham strike but a few smart stops which he dealt with comfortably. His poor kicking really doesn't help when we're looking to clear our lines though. Surely a grown man should be able to kick a ball over the half way line more often.

Josh Vela - 6.5

A little off colour overall with some uncharacteristically poor passing at times. Still had the poise and vision to pick out Saidy Janko in space for the crucial second goal when he could have quite easily had a wild swing at the ball instead. May be due a breather against Watford FC though.

Dorian Dervite - 7

A few aimless balls and was rinsed for pace once in the first half, I think by Fulham's most exciting talent Lasse Vigen Christensen. Okay apart from that but not his best performance of recent times.

David Wheater - 8

Did really well to bail us out when a sloppy passage of play allowed Fulham to break on us with a 3-on-2 situation. Won 98% of his aerial duels as usual, something like that anyway; they don't have OPTA stats for Championship games, the elitist feckers. Wheats is becoming very dependable and consistent for the first real extended spell since he arrived 4 years ago.

Tim Ream - 8

A very good first half and a nice, solid second period for Tim also where he was more involved going forward as Fulham rarely tested us.

Linked up well with Feeney and was his usual reliable self with and without the ball.

I have noticed he is comfortably winning the majority of his aerial battles now and is utilising his quick turn of pace to get out of tight spots and bring the ball out of defence. He will be in the frame to win our player of the year for the second year in a row if he continues in this rich vein of form.

Saidy Janko - 9

Barring the first 20 minutes when he seemed a little too eager to impress and lost the ball on a few occasions, he was simply a breath of fresh air! A goal and an assist on his debut can't really be bettered (well, not from a right winger anyway) and his strike was a thunderbolt that I can't remember seeing the likes of for a long time from a player in a White shirt.

His willingness to accept the ball as our main outlet and constantly probe against their defence set in motion our second half dominance as Fulham dropped deeper and deeper to combat his pace and directness. More of the same please!

Neil Danns - 7

I'm sick of banging this drum but he has to stop this worrying trait of turning into needless trouble and losing the ball. He did it on at least three occasions and while he redeemed himself once the others could have led to clear cut chances were it not for some quick thinking defensive play.

Some of his tackling was right on the money, however and we do miss him when he isn't playing, see 4-1 mauling at Derby County for example.

Barry Bannan - 7.5

A noticeably nervy start where he was targeted as someone Fulham could out-muscle and steal possession from gave way to a confident and influential showing in the second half.

His range and quality of passing was a joy to witness and his set piece delivery was very good. You can see in his body language he is thriving from being more than a bit part player now and I predict a long and fruitful career for the Scot at The Macron.

Liam Feeney - 8.5

He seemed to have about 42% of our 51% 1st half possession as he was our only real outlet until Janko came to the fore. He really is the 'Ronseal' of our team. He did exactly what it would say if he came out of a tin marked 'Winger'. He beat his man marker Grimmer time after time, in the first half hour especially.

His delivery was in the main excellent and if Craig Davies had been in the box instead of Eidur and Adam Le Fondre he might of had a couple of assists. He is playing really well for me and confounded my pre-match moan that he was in need of a rest. Top man!

Eidur Gudjohnsen - 7

His take for the goal was lovely and his cushioned finish was pure 'Iceman' all over from our captain fantastic. Seems to drift in and out of the game still a little and I really do think he should be playing in midfield where we would benefit more from his vision and ideas but that's 3 in 4 home games now and we're loving every minute of having our Eidur back in the famous white shirt.

Adam Le Fondre - 8

A quiet-ish first half from the impish striker was followed by an all action display after the break that brought the goal he merited for his work rate and clever movement. This was epitomised by his lung busting chase-down of two defenders and Marcus Bettinelli, moments before the Goalkeeper gifted him the chance to pop it back over his head into the unguarded net. We need to play a little more to his strengths but he would be a great permanent signing in the summer and is another who seems to fit right in.


Rob Hall - 6

Not sure he touched it?

Filip Twardzik - 7

Barely touched it either but just for winding up has-been, cockney wide boy Scott aka 'Scotty' Parker he gets a higher mark than Hall. Sorry Rob!

Zach Clough - 7

Didn't see as much of the ball as I expected but his arrival lifted the crowd and the tempo of our game, which helped engineer the late goals that won the game.

Neil Lennon - 9

I'm giving our manager a rating as it is pertinent to this game.

He told the Bolton News afterwards:

"We conceded a sloppy goal and had to switch things around. We recognised the back three didn't quite seem to be working for us."

Finally, a manager who can admit when he's made a mistake and actually does something to rectify it, instead of stubbornly keeping things as they are to try and prove his own thought processes right.

Did the right thing in giving Zach Clough a rest too.

Well done Neil!