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MOTM: Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Norwich City - Gary Madine

Gary Madine, goal machine

Bolton Wanderers v Stoke City - Pre-Season Friendly Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

After letting leads slip in their last three games, Bolton Wanderers got back to winning ways with an impressive 2-1 win against Norwich City.

The overall team performance was great, but some players stood out among the crowd.

As was the case against Sunderland on Tuesday night, Everton loanee Antonee Robinson shone against Norwich. With the pace that he possesses, Robinson has improved defensively in the past two games. His best moment was a fantastic header to deny Cameron Jerome a simple tap in during the second half.

If Robinson keeps playing the way he is, Andrew Taylor is really going to struggle to regain his spot at left back.

Ben Alnwick was also his usual steady self, and made a great save to deny Josh Murphy a goal in the second half. How Murphy didn’t score the rebound though, i’ll never know.

Sammy Ameobi and Mark Little linked up well on the right flank, with Ameobi making more tackles than any other Wanderer on the pitch.

Special praise has to go to Adam Armstrong.

The Newcastle United youngster has struggled for consistency since coming into the team playing on the left wing. Without doubt (despite the dodgy header in the first half) this was Armstrong’s best league performance so far, in which he scored a fantastic goal from outside the box. Hopefully the goal will boost his confidence and he’ll carry on the good form against Preston on the 17th.

For me, the man of the match was Gary Madine. One again, Madine was all over the place. He won virtually every aerial battle against Christoph Zimmermann and Timm Klose, and was rewarded for his hard work with a goal. Notable mention goes to Darren Pratley for the cross in, which Madine couldn’t miss.

Madine then laid the ball off perfectly for Armstrong to double Wanderers’ lead.

Let’s hope Madine and Wanderers can carry on this great run of form after the international break.