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Men of the Match: Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Brighton

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A hard-fought win against a stubborn opponent - but who shone? Step inside and find out.

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Well that was a grind and a half.

It was a tough game against solid opposition, but Neil Lennon's Bolton Wanderers managed to win with a wonderful piece of skill from the ever-improving Zach Clough.

Brighton offered a rigid defence, repelling most of Bolton's attacks though had little themselves by way of chances. Wanderers on-loan keeper Ben Amos made two outstanding saves, whilst the Whites' defence had to remain solid at times when the opposition did manage to fashion a chance.

One point worth making however, was that their no.17, whose name is apparently João Teixeira (on loan from Liverpool), had the potential to be the best player on the pitch, but instead chose to spend his afternoon diving and cheating in the finest tradition of all Portuguese playmakers who came before him.

But this article isn't about them, it's about us.

A tough choice, but I've gone with a joint MOTM award - step foward David Wheater and Josh Vela.

In what was perhaps Wheater's best game for Bolton, the former Middlesbrough man won every header, and showed that the manager's decision to drop Dorian Dervite was the right one. After a couple of early problems with Craig Mackail-Smith's pace, the defender proved to be Bolton's rock, and thoroughly earned the clean sheet.

Josh Vela started a little shakily, but grew into the game as it wore on. Restored to a midfield role in the second half, Vela showed the sort of all-action display that has had fans talking about what a good prospect he is for years now. Bombing forward from a position slightly to the right of central holding midfielder Neil Danns, Vela's energy stretched a tiring Brighton side and indeed set up the winning goal for Clough following another surging run.

I think both men can be very proud of their performance in what wasn't the prettiest game ever, but a win is a win - and this one was most welcome.