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A Season in Statistics Player-By-Player: Jay Spearing

We look at this season's stats for the little Scouser

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One of the strangest stories of the season was Jay Spearing not being allowed to play for Bolton Wanderers despite being fully fit and in decent form, because of being one appearance away from triggering a payment to former club Liverpool.

Indeed, Spearing scored in two consecutive games in February, but hasn't been available for selection since early March.

Appearances - 22 (4 as a sub)

It's been an odd season for Spearing generally. It began with being sent off for 'diving' in the opening game of the season against Derby, and ended with not being allowed to play because the club is flat broke.

In between those nonsenses, Spearing has actually played alright this season, although his final tally of 1,499 minutes on the pitch is far too low.

He spent long periods sitting on the bench for Neil Lennon, but came into a good run of form as he scored in two games in a row - as Bolton defeated Rotherham 2-1 at home then lost 3-2 at Brighton in early February.

Goals Conceded - 43 (1.95 per game)

We've leaked nearly two goals per game with Spearing in the side. Not good, but is that his fault? Maybe, but probably not.


Points won - 15 at 0.68 points per appearance, which is worryingly the joint third highest amount for a Bolton midfielder

Pass completion rate - 77.9%, the joint fourth highest passing record at the club

Assists - 0, not good

Goals - 2, in two consecutive games

Bookings - 4, not bad for him

Red cards - 1, in the opening day draw at home to Derby

Overall Season Performance - C-

Not been at his best, and it was a disappointing end to the season. It'd be a huge surprise if he's still at the club next season.