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Man of the Match: Barry Bannan: Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Reading

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On what was a night of shambolic refereeing, one shining light stood out

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Barry Bannan might only be a wee man, but he has the heart of a lion.

In what was a turgid affair between two poor sides, the on-loan Crystal Palace man showed his undoubted class time and time again, providing a shining light of creativity and ability in what was a superb performance.

Doing the work of three men, such was the lack of support he had, he barely wasted a pass all night and was himself unlucky not to score with a pair of long range drives.

He had the time and the awareness to rinse the supposedly highly-rated Nathaniel Chalobah on more than one occasion, with the on-loan Chelsea man often chasing shadows in an attempt to keep up with the Scot.

His fondness for a Cruyff turn made my inner hipster shriek with glee, each time he left the hapless Reading FC opponent flailing and wondering just where Bannan had disappeared to.

It was a superb performance and I would be first in line to ask Neil Lennon to make his signing permanent in the summer. He is a Premier League footballer, and we do not have enough of those at Bolton Wanderers.