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Player Ratings: Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Bristol Rovers

Outclassed and outfought, again

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Bolton Wanderers fluked a point at home to an impressive Bristol Rovers side last night, and here are my ratings:

Mark Howard - 4

Would have been a 2 but for an important pair of second half saves. Back to replace Ben Alnwick, he can have no complaints if he is dropped again at weekend - was appalling in the first half, flapping at everything and making stupid mistakes including one farcical moment when he allowed the Bristol forward to loop the ball over him on the touchline.

Reece Wabara - 1

Gets a point because he was clearly unfit, but that was Danny Butterfield bad. The sort of debut that will live long in the memory of the worst supporters in the world.

Andrew Taylor - 5

Easily his poorest game for Wanderers. Struggled going forward and was equally suspect in defence.

Mark Beevers - 5

Slightly better than usual, but starting to fall guilty to Dervite-itis when he is dragged out of position. Distribution is terrible as well.

David Wheater - 5

Awful distribution, but solid in the air as usual. One of the few not to be completely horrific.

Jay Spearing - 4

Was having a stinker before the injury that forced him off. Now looks to be out for a good few weeks.

Josh Vela - 4

Started so well with a goal back in his best position - then spent the rest of the first half deliberately trying to get booked. Did Parkinson tell him to do that? Does he have a holiday booked? Completely anonymous in the second half.

Derik Osede - 4

Poor on the ball, weak in the challenge and outclassed by an impressive Bristol Rovers midfield.

Philip Morris - 4

Barely involved. Couple of runs but they all came to nothing.

James Henry - 3

Another game of nothingness from the on-loan Wolves man, who's Bolton career has been nothing short of meh.

Chris Long - 6

Ran the channels like a boss, and gave us a vision of a wonderous future without Gary Madine - one where your centre forward is keen, tries hard and looks a goal threat. It only lasted 10 minutes, but it was great all the same. Sent off by the end, presumably for dissent. Parkinson won't like that.


Adam Le Fondre - 2

I don't know if it's us, or if it's him, but it's definitely not working.

Viv Solomon-Otabor - n/a

Don't think he touched the ball.

Liam Trotter - 1

Great homage to Yakubu