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Player Ratings: Crystal Palace 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

Alastair, who actually attended the game, runs us through Wanderers' ratings as they bowed out of the FA Cup

Crystal Palace v Bolton Wanderers - The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay
Wanderers players applaud fans after pushing Crystal Palace close in the FA Cup
Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images

Bolton Wanderers put up a valiant fight over two legs against Premier League side Crystal Palace, but eventually were eliminated from the FA Cup by two goals from £30m striker Christian Benteke.

But how did our Wanderers rate at Selhurst Park? Our man Alastair, who could actually be arsed to go to the match unlike our sorry mob of writers (my London-based self included), runs us through them.

Ben Alnwick: 6

Made some confident saves but distribution was poor at the beginning of the game, kicking the ball out of play for no apparent reason.

Lawrie Wilson: 6

Got bested by Townsend for the second goal but, overall, played well in attack and defence.

Mark Beevers: 7

Aside from falling on his arse at one point it was another rock like performance, making Remy look like the league one player until Benteke replaced him. Once Palace changed their style to accommodate his hold up play, Beevers couldn't dominate the game the same way. Even attempted to single handedly fix the team's passing problems by charging forward with the ball.

David Wheater: 6

Benteke's first goal was partly due to Wheater's loose marking but aside from that he was competent and calm.

Andrew Taylor: 7

I thought he was great. I hadn't seen him since Wimbledon and he played well, the most memorable moment being when he kept tight to Chungy in front of the travelling fans.

Tom Thorpe: 7

I thought he was unfairly treated by some, he came forward a lot and won most of his headers.

Jay Spearing: 5

His passing was criminal in places despite his hunger to get involved.

James Henry: 8

Great energy and a brilliant goal, regardless of his intentions.

Zach Clough: 6

Didn't really do much but always looked dangerous. His characteristic control helped to keep breaks going. I initially thought it was Proctor that put the shot wide but that was disappointing.

Gary Madine: 8

This is probably the most controversial rating but I thought Madine's hold up play was outstanding, he dealt with most of the long balls and when the move broke down it was never his fault.

Jamie Proctor: 6

Didn't do much but what he did was competent, nothing special.

Chris Taylor: 5

A drain on the team at the end almost.

Max Clayton: N/A

Can't say I saw him do anything.

Thanks to Alastair for the ratings, and lets hope Wanderers can pick themselves up for the vital league game at Southend United on Saturday.