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Player Ratings: Middlesborough 3-0 Bolton Wanderers

Elliot made the trip up to Teeside yesterday to witness Aitor Karanka’s Middlesborough side steamroll Bolton Wanderers at the Riverside Stadium.

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After a very disappointing trip to the Riverside, here's how I thought the players did:

Ben Amos - 6

Amos was the best out of a bad bunch. He couldn't have been held accountable for any of the goals conceded and even made a terrific save to tip the ball onto the cross-bar before Kike bundled it on for Boro's third goal of the afternoon. Amos was always quick off his line and looked very competent with his shot-stopping. The former Manchester United goalkeeper became very animated at his defence for their poor showing yesterday and rightly so.

Prince-Désir Gouano - 3

He may have put in a stellar performance against Derby County however Prince-Desir Gouano was poor yesterday. He looked weak in the air and even couldn't make a 20 yard back pass to his goalkeeper as it trickled out for a corner in the opening 5 minutes of the game. Prince was often caught out of position and even looked to lack confidence when receiving the ball and making himself available to receive it.

Dorian Dervite - 5

Dervite was slightly better than his defensive counterparts. He bravely put his body on the line on numerous occasions and stepped up to lead and organise the back 4.

Rob Holding - 3

To quote the former legendary Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman, ‘Young (insert academy player's name) is not quite ready yet' and I can't argue with that, he was abysmal yesterday. In his defence he was playing out of position against probably the strongest team in the championship however he didn't do himself any favours yesterday. There's no need to rant about his performance because he is still young and developing and it can't be easy having to keep tabs on Downing and Adomah, hopefully it was a steep learning curve for Holding.

Dean Moxey - 4

Pretty poor again. Similarly to Holding he was outclassed and paced by Downing and Adomah on various occasions. Not his finest game in a white shirt to say the least.

Josh Vela - 3

Another awful performance. The less said about this the better, again hopefully another off-day for Vela.

Liam Feeney - 1

He can't beat defenders in this league. Can't beat the first man from set-pieces. Can't pass the ball to another player, in a nutshell he wasn't very good (again).

Jay Spearing - 4

Looked committed and passionate whilst giving the ball away every few minutes. One of Bolton's better performances. Spearing was unlucky to go off at half-time to make way for Zach Clough, the general consensus in the away end was that Danns should have been sacrificed instead.

Mark Davies - 5

Looked dangerous when on the ball, however that wasn't as often as Lennon would have wanted. Didn't create any clear chances for the forwards either, however the lack of movement in the Wanderers' midfield didn't help.

Neil Danns - 1

Neil Danns put in another Danns-esque performance yesterday (surprise surprise). I'm going to leave that rating there just in case he reads this and calls us the ‘worse website' again for having an opinion.

Emile Heskey - 4

Won his fair share of headers however didn't have the support to make a significant impact. The veteran striker had a half-chance in the second half however he arrived slightly too late to poke the ball into the host's net.


Zach Clough - 5

Looked lively when running at the Middlesborough defence on the ball however he was quiet.

Tom Walker - 4

The best thing that he did all game was replace Liam Feeney.

Lawrie Wilson - 5

Replaced Holding for the remaining 10 minutes. Not much to say here, at this time the hosts had stopped attacking and the away fans had stopped paying attention.

Neil Lennon: (BBC Sport)

"I take full responsibility for the first half. I set the team out that way - with three at the back - and it didn't work.

"The players didn't get to grips with it very well and we let Middlesbrough dictate the game

"I accept the blame, but I still expect my players to compete and press. It's a learning experience for me and I apologise to the supporters."