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Player Ratings: Charlton Athletic 1 Bolton Wanderers 1

The 100% run ends, but the performances are still good

Bolton's Star Man David Wheater
Bolton's Star Man David Wheater
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Bolton lost their 100% unbeaten record at the Valley in a game they could easily have won if not for a well-taken last minute winner. In truth it was a game neither team dominated and certainly wasn't the best performance we have seen under Phil Parkinson by any sretch and a point was probably a fair result.


Here's how the Wanderers players fared:

Mark Howard - 6.5

Solid again from the new No. 33 and he made one particularly good save to deny Ajose early on. His kicking still left a lot to be desired and, personally, I felt he could have done better with the Lookman goal however don't see any reason to worry about him being first choice this season.

Lewis Buxton - 6

Another solid defender who actually impressed me going forward against Charlton. He made a couple of marauding runs and one of them should have resulted in a penalty. I felt was always available as an outlet too. Unfortunately, though, when Lookman came on he tore him a new one and this marred his performance.

Mark Beevers - 7

Another good performance for BAEvers but I felt Magennis got the best of him on a few occasions which is something I've not seen a forward do this year. His defending on the deck was faultless however and he continues to look a great signing.

David Wheater - 8

After Ajose missed an early chance (nothing to do with Wheater) he was anonymous all afternoon and I think this was down to the Redcar Rock stopping all supply into him. He wins everything in the air and produced one stunning challenge where he not only stopped a good crossing opportunity but held onto the ball a metre from touch. It was a tackle of Premier League quality.

Dean Moxey - 6

He's Dean Moxey and he plays as Dean Moxey does. He produced a good ball for Trotter for the goal but not much else. Nothing great, nothing disastrous but I see Andy Taylor stealing his starting berth sooner rather than later.

Josh Vela - 6.5

Another Carbon Monoxide-esque performance by Vela as he did a lot of running but didn't create a great deal. I felt his attacking work was better than usual as he made some good runs but he botched one break-away that could have sealed the game which annoyed me.

Jay Spearing - 7

His ball-winning skills are unquestionable and he is clearly too good for this level. I thought his composure on the ball was very encouraging but his passing still needs work.

Liam Trotter - 7.5

Just outshone Spearing in the middle for me because he too look composed but I felt he was more mobile too and this is something we have never seen from Trotter. He defended well and did brilliantly for the goal. This may be his level and we need him to continue in this vein.

Mark Davies - 4

Poor in the first half and then got himself badly hurt by actually trying to make an effort. His career is one injury after another and I wish him well but he isn't the same player he was and, in truth, once Pratley is back I doubt we will miss him.

Jamie Proctor - 7.5

I read a Charlton fan's assessment of the game and he said Proctor was awful. We must have been watching different games as I thought his hard work was a joy to watch and he helped set up the winner with a great dummy. I love this guy and think he'll be a fan favourite

Gary Madine - 7

He might not be a goal machine or a washing machine but he's doing the business right now and long may it continue. Had one chance all game and I think he would have missed it last season. Took the goal well, won his aerial battles and although he isn't a trier he is definitely better technically than Proctor so can get away with it.

Substitutes:

Chris Taylor - 6

Came on for injured Davies and did well, running around like a mad thing winning challenges. He faded badly however and was barely noticeable in the last quarter of the game.

Andy Taylor - 6

Didn't do anything of note but looked decent going forward and, like I said, should probably start over Moxey.

Conor Wilkinson - 4

He didn't challenge the Charlton centre-backs for anything and didn't look dangerous either. Please can we offload him to bring in someone who should be a footballer.