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Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Ipswich Town MOTM: Rob Holding

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The academy graduate proved his worth once again on Tuesday evening

If we don't manage to give this lad a new contract, we're well and truly f*cked
If we don't manage to give this lad a new contract, we're well and truly f*cked
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Tuesday evening at the Macron Stadium was, as ever, an emotional affair. Neil Lennon seems hell bent on making it as difficult as possible for us to even have a chance of staying up, but I'm going to write another article about that at some point this week.

We made a good account of ourselves against the promotion chasing Tractor Boys, conceding only due to a wonder goal and a bit of hesitant goalkeeping. Many players stepped up to the plate, but on this occasion I'm going to award man of the match to Rob Holding. Our prized academy asset was head and shoulders above the rest, holding his own against centre forwards many years his senior. For a 20-year-old with less than a season's worth of first team experience, the lad is surprisingly calm in possession, even finding space to make one of his now-trademark runs from deep; carrying the ball 50 yards without being tackled. He won almost everything in the air and made several brilliant tackles, covering Derik on numerous occasions and pulling us out of the mire time and time again. I strongly believe he could be our club captain in the next couple of years.

There's been a lot of talk about our current transfer embargo and us being unable to offer players like Holding and Vela new deals, and that is true, but with reports surfacing today that Sports Shield's takeover has been completed we can hopefully pave the way to signing these lads up for the foreseeable future. God knows we need them.