Another highly commendable Bolton Wanderers display was not quite enough to maintain the clubs 100% start to the season. Despite that frankly abject failure there were many players who stood out.
Amongst them were Jay Spearing who put in a great shift playing some wonderful passes around the midfield. Mark Davies was putting himself about in a rather un-Davies like fashion before his game, and quite likely season, ended prematurely. The defence once again looked a solid unit dealing with, almost, everything a decent Charlton side could through at them. The attacking duo who started the match also put in commendable shifts, though were helped in no way by the ref who I’m sure will be criticised in other articles.
But the man who stood out for me, and I’m sure plenty will disagree, was Liam Trotter. His Bolton career has been somewhat shambolic up to this season but he finally seems to have found his place and role in the team; and also quite likely his level in League One.
He put in a tireless shift in the midfield making numerous good tackles as Charlton looked to move forward. He appeared very adept at nicking the ball when staying on his feet and appeared in the right place at the right time on a couple of occasions to put in some blocks.
Although he was good at tracking back and challenging on his feet his slide tackling continues to leave something to be desired. Last time I watch Bolton against Bristol Rovers he gave away the free-kick which led to their goal. Similar errant slide tacking was evident against Charlton thought it led to nothing so we can let him off this week.
He also had one of the most telling contributions from a Bolton player getting the assist for the Gary Madine goal. He burst into the box on the right hand side from where we were sat. Rather than taking a shot, which was on, he squared the ball perfectly to the onrushing washing machine who gladly tapped the ball home.
It wasn’t a faultless performance from the midfielder but after his slow start to life at Bolton it was a very welcome sight.