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Player Ratings: Eastleigh 1-1 Bolton Wanderers

We assess Wanderers players' efforts in scraping a draw with non-league Eastleigh...

Dervite you donkey!
Dervite you donkey!
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The alarming decline of Bolton Wanderers plunged to new depths as they rescued a late equaliser at non-league Eastleigh in the FA Cup third round.

Neil Lennon and two of his senior players Darren Pratley and Neil Danns, via a Twitter post that was roundly mocked/abused, actually expressed their pleasure at a draw against the Conference National side, who in all honesty should have won by three or four goals.

It was a pathetic performance that typifies a terrible season, but how did the Wanderers players rate on a wet and muddy pitch in Hampshire?

GK - Ben Amos: 6

As usual Amos' rating shouldn't be affected by the wastes of space in front of him. The goalkeeper was his usual reliable self, pulling off a few good saves to keep us in it against a load of 30+ non-leaguers, but could do nothing about Dervite's exemplary near post finish. Where we would be without Amos this season doesn't even bear thinking about.

RB - Rob Holding: 4

An afternoon to forget for the youngster, who didn't look at all confident in the treacherous conditions and away from the luxuries of Championship football. The young defender was given the run-around by a 34-year-old winger until Odubade got injured. Maybe it's time to - shock horror - play him in his natural position and ditch Dervite?

CB - David Wheater: 6

One of the very few players that can come away with his head held high from this match, and this season in general. He made a vital goal-line clearance late on that kept us in the game. Having to play alongside the liability that is Dervite and/or the error-prone Prince just makes Wheater's performances all the more impressive.

CB - Dorian Dervite: 2

Scored an own goal that nearly cost us our first third round defeat in six years. This was yet another example of Dervite being a liability that we simply can't afford in our team, and the quicker we sell him the better. He atoned for his error a little with several decent challenges as Eastleigh piled more pressure on our defence.

LB - Dean Moxey: 5

Defended OK, looked to get forward whenever possible and had a first half shot well saved by the impressive Eastleigh goalkeeper Ross Flitney. Nearly cost us in the first half when bombing forward and leaving a massive gap in behind, from which Eastleigh should have scored.

RM - Liam Feeney: 4

Delivered the corner that led to the equaliser, but other than that did very little (someone stop me, I sound like a broken record). The flanks at the Silverlake Stadium were particularly treacherous, which may have affected him, but a Championship winger can have no excuse for not dominating a non-league full-back.

CM - Josh Vela: 3

Offered absolutely nothing in the middle of midfield. He wasn't getting forward to support attacks, and made no impact on the game. You could question whether he fancied it, with the likely conclusion being no he didn't.

CM - Neil Danns: 4

Worked harder than Vela and set up a couple of attacks from deep, but offered the defence very little protection.

LM - Darren Pratley: 5

Pratley scored the goal that rescued us a replay but was also the Bolton player most involved from an attacking perspective. However, it's worth remembering that the equaliser was his first goal or assist all season.

AM - Wellington Silva - 4

Looking at the pitch pre-match it certainly didn't look custom made for the tricky Brazilian's game. But Wellington did threaten to inspire some life into a dreary Bolton side that looked devoid of interest and creativity, although a player on loan from Arsenal really should be offering more. Had a decent effort in the first half that was well saved by Flitney, but he should have scored.

CF - Gary Madine: 2

Didn't even look like threatening two centre backs who between them have played about 40 games at Championship level. Yet again proved himself to be a poor striker in a match-up he should have been dominating.


Shola Ameobi (replaced Vela, 71): 1

Most likely his last game for the club, and he did nothing. Except for hilariously miss an open goal from two yards out (albeit he was also offside). You have to question why Lennon even bothered putting Ameobi on the bench when he offers nothing of any use whatsoever. Thanks for nothing Shola, now get out.

Kaiyne Woolery (replaced Madine 85): 6

Finally provided some pace in the final third, and gave the defenders something else to think about. How on earth Lennon didn't bring him on at least 20 or 30 minutes earlier is beyond me. Surely it's time that Woolery is given more of a chance in the first team?

Liam Trotter (replaced Danns 85): 3

What was the point?