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Ratings: Fleetwood Town 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

Disappointing but arguably irrelevant

Swindon Town v Bolton Wanderers - Sky Bet League One Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Read on to find out how each player fared on a disappointing afternoon at Highbury, irrelevant as the result may be.

Mark Howard - 6

Not his best performance by a long stretch yesterday, yet could do very little about either goal. Distribution still needs work and needs to be more vocal towards his defence, seemed awfully quiet. 6.

Stephen Darby - 5

Seemed very much out of the game yesterday and was beaten too easily on numerous occasions for pace. Can't blame him for the unfamiliarity of the system, but still wasn't a great performance from the right back, it's a 5.

David Wheater - 6

Becoming too much of a regular occurrence that Wheater is beaten too easily. Was excellent last season, no doubt about it, but wasn't at the races today, desperately hope he can handle the pacey strikers in the championship better this season, another 6.

Mark Beevers - 7

One of the more solid players from yesterday's game, wasn't afraid to stick a foot in or commit fully to 50/50 challenges despite the risks, wasn't at fault for either goal, but being a defender in a 2-0 loss can't warrant more than a 7 I'm afraid.

Dorian Dervite - 7

My man of the match, made two vitally important last ditch challenges and prevented the scoreline from becoming embarrassing, credit where credits due Dorian, 7.

Andrew Taylor - 6

A little out of his depth today despite the familiarity with the role, particularly in the second half when he was pushed further forward. Defence seemed far too exposed, but perhaps not their own fault, most likely as a result of playing 2 midfielders in front of them, one of which usually in number 10 role, trust Taylor to come good again though this season, 6.

Jem Karacan - 6

Impressive going forward but struggled with his defensive responsibilities yesterday, despite initially signing to play in a deeper role. Everyone seemed as if they were out of position today strangely even if they weren't, just seemed to be a huge lack of communication and chemistry in the team. With Jem in a role where it's vital for him to make it all tick, I hope this issue is resolved allowing us to get the best out of him come August, 6.

Josh Vela - 6

As much as I'd like to give Josh a 10 for his efforts yesterday, playing in a deeper role did the lad no favours. Having adopted a number 10 role last season, playing almost as a defensive central midfielder just never clicked with the two middle men, yet came off the better of the two as he made up for it with his usual excellence going forward in a game which was massively lacking in that department. Fair play Josh, but it has to be a 6.

Will Buckley - 5

Couldn't decide where he was playing, and neither could he it seems. Failed to put together some simple yet important passes and lost the ball in areas where we really shouldn't be. Couldn't go forward as much as he'd have liked in such an unfamiliar role when conscious of the gap behind him. Hope this isn't a sign of things to come for the new lad. 5.

Sammy Ameobi - 6

We all know what Sammy can do, but wasn't given the freedom to do so in such an experimental formation. Despite some usual signs of Sammy brilliance, the odd nutmeg, trickery and burst of pace, he wasn't seeing enough of the ball and when he did, the crosses he produced were either blocked or weren't met or read by those onrushing unfortunately. Let's hope for a much better performance from him and the rest of the team on Tuesday. 6.

Gary Madine - 6

Madine was actually helped by the change in formation yesterday as he was supported by two wider strikers which allowed him to play in his most effective role, target man. Gary played some respectable football and held up the play well where necessary and was hugely influential in controlling Howard's waywardly long kicks. However, as a result, he spent 80 minutes with his back to goal and with no sign of a goal in him, that responsibility was enforced on the substitute pairing. 6.


Adam Armstrong - 5

Having been given a chance to prove himself as an impact sub yesterday, the role didnt work out for him despite being given a solid half an hour. We'd perhaps be better starting him in place of Buckley and play him as a another forward man along side Gaz and Ameobi. Despite his impressive off-the-ball work rate, chasing down every ball and finding space on every opportunity, like Ameobi, he didn't see enough of the ball. Needs more time me thinks, 5.

Adam Le Fondre - 5

Again, difficult to warrant a sub any more than a 5 unless they produce miracles. Alfie, he tries, bless him. The Fleetwood defence had him on lockdown as soon as he was brought on and never let him out of their sight. As an infamous marksman, many a club will adopt a similar strategy when they face Alfie which massively limits his capabilities to change the game, which is exactly what happened yesterday. I really hope we can fit him in somewhere up front along side Madine so that he can act as a distraction to allow Alfie to work his magic. Whilst man-marked, theres very little he can do, particularly a man of his build. It's a 5, sorry Alfie.

Derik - N/A

Was only given 10 minutes, barely touched the ball, difficult to rate.

Darren Pratley - N/A

See above. Only thing to note was that he didn't take the armband from Wheater, doubt it means anything having skippered the side previously in pre-season, but it remains to be seen who will be officially handed captain's duties this year.