Bolton Wanderers have played better but at least they managed to grab something right at the death. There were a few good displays in amongst the bad, though.
Here are my Player Ratings:
Ben Alnwick 6.5
This might be a little harsh as he had no chance with either goal, but I felt as though his positioning for the second was the reason why he couldn’t have stopped it. Beavon hit it near post and Alnwick started too far away to even try and save the shot. That along with some wayward distribution meant it was a far cry from his excellent performance against Scunthorpe.
Derik Osede 5
It is obvious to everyone how uncomfortable Derik is at right-back yet he is forced to play there due to injuries to Wilson and Buxton. His positioning was poor, he didn’t help Ameobi at all going forward and was at fault for the first goal by allowing Kyel Reid to win the header to assist Tudgay. All in all, must do better.
Mark Beevers 6
Okay, who are you and what have you done with the real Mark Baevers? Stuart Beavon ran rings around him but, frankly, I saw this coming. Beevers’ form has been dipping slightly for some time now and today he just wasn’t very good. A swift improvement is needed and I hope it is just an issue caused by fatigue.
David Wheater 7
A solid showing from Wheater and he was miles better than Beevers in dealing with Tudgay. He also helped going forward and took up some good positions that led to chances. As a makeshift target-man, he did a great job.
Andrew Taylor 7.5
I’m certain that many will disagreed with me but I thought Taylor was our biggest threat going forward. Up until the introduction of Proctor, when he was forced to stay back, he was the only successful outlet we had and he eventually set up the goal. Some fans around were saying he was poor but I couldn’t disagree more.
Jay Spearing 8.5
Spearing was one of the few players who maintained their performance from Saturday in an excellent showing. His tackling was great, his heading was great, even his passing was great. The moment that stood out for me was a lung-busting run and tackle to deny Ruben Lameiras the opportunity to seal the game just before we scored. His intervention was just as important as the goal.
Liam Trotter 6
It wasn’t a great performance but it will be remembered for the awful way the fans treated him when he was substituted. It stemmed from a poorly placed pass minutes earlier and the fans decided to then hurl abuse his way the like of which I have never seen. Trotter will come back from it I’m sure, but he must be dreading the next time he pulls on a Wanderers shirt.
Josh Vela 6
Vela struggled to get into the game both in his new No. 10 role and in defensive midfield after Clough and Clayton came on. We know how good he can be on his day and although this was a blip it could well be down to fatigue. Vela is a good player but even good players have off days.
Sammy Ameobi 6
If this is to be his last game for Bolton then he has gone out with a whimper. Unlike on Saturday where most of his tricks came off, against the Sky Blues they just didn’t. I hope he stays as on his day he’s a real handful but if he goes I’m sure we can cope.
James Henry 6
The match winner from Saturday got his chance but didn’t really do anything to show Parky that he warrants a place in the side. I expect him to stay but I’ve been really disappointed with him since he signed. Another who has to improve.
Gary Madine 6
The big man up front looks a little bit tired if truth be told. Since his two goals against Gillingham he hasn’t looked right, surprisingly, and maybe it’s time to rest him for a game or too. He didn’t win many headers and didn’t take his golden chance.
Zach Clough 7
He makes a difference as he’s a genuine goal threat. He could have had a couple but his penalty was well taken. I think it was a goal he needed after some poor performances.
Max Clayton 7
I was so pleased for him to get his goal and I hope he can stay fit so it is a regular occurrence. He hadn’t had a chance before the one he took and the composure he showed was very encouraging. Welcome back, Max and well done!
Jamie Proctor N/A
Had little time to make an impact and touched the ball only once if memory serves.