Antonee Robinson was head and shoulders above his colleagues today, frankly embarrassingly so for some of those on the pitch, but I’ll stay focused on a good performance from the Everton loanee.
Everything which came near the young lad down his side was mopped up and cleared. When the opportunity arose to do so he took the ball and dribbled it forward well. At one point he was one against two or three and he managed to do enough to stop a shot until reinforcements arrived, real quality play under a vast amount of pressure.
I was sat amongst the Wolverhampton Wanderers fans for this game and there were a few occasions where those around me were impressed by the young lad.
He put in the best Bolton Wanderers cross of the day by a mile whipping in a first time ball which found Gary Madine’s head before a free kick was given for a blatant foul by the Gateshead Brawler. A rare glimpse of real quality by Bolton in the game.
Whenever Wolves came down his flank he dealt with the danger calmly, taking a couple of touches before clearing the ball well away from the Bolton area. At one point the Wolves player slipped as he was clearing, which was a huge shame as he would no doubt have snapped up than chance to charge forward if it had happened a second earlier.
He was also always popping up in the right place to cut passes out, stopping the Wolves attack in its tracks before moving forward and offloading the ball well when given more time.
There was a point in the second half when the lad showed his character. He raced into a 50-50, won that 50-50 getting clattered in the process. He tried to get up before falling back to the turf in clear discomfort. After a couple of minutes with the physio he was back on the pitch. It would have been an east excuse for the young man to get an early bath, but he powered on through.
He showed more going forward than either Adam Armstrong or Sammy Ameobi out wide. Far far more. If when Andrew Taylor is back he gets the left back place back then put Robinson further forward instead of Armstrong and I think he might well thrive. Having said that though based on that performance I would not be rushing Taylor back in.