Lets not bother with a preamble.
Howard looked solid and made a couple of great saves. There was little to nothing he could have done for the first goal and the deflection of the second was laughably big. It’s just a shame that his spectacular save at the death was to keep the score at only 2-0.
Going forward he was alright with no end product. Defensively though he looked like a liability and explained why I have been told he is only a wing back. Generally just a meh performance.
He wasn’t a liability which was good. He hassled attackers and put himself about. I do not though think he was particularly amazing.
Jumpy when playing the ball around a times, particularly when playing it to Beevers which could well lead to a goal one day. Neither stood out or looked like a liability.
Don’t recall anything great or bad. This is probably a good thing for last seasons Mr Consistency.
Put himself around well and broke up play. More of the same, barring the idiotic yellow, is in order. Probably the best I have seen him play for the club live.
For large parts of the game you would not have known he was a free agent until Monday. He put in a good shift and his bite is what we need. There was some not so good play, but hopefully with more match fitness he can be an asset this season.
I felt he did alright on his league debut. He made some good touches and played the only good cross of the game for Bolton which saw a Madine effort cleared off the line. He didn’t get much service and once Morais got himself sent off he was forced to play out wide which I think is out of position.
A bit of a Liam Feeney performance. He has pace and could get a bit of space to cross, but the end product was abysmal.
I don’t remember the first yellow. While the second may have been harsh it was a stupid challenge, which brings him down to a zero from the otherwise low score he would have got. Is he up to it at this level, debatable.
Less Noone more no-one against the Robins. He dd nothing of real note and did not support the lone man up top. He didn’t do anything wrong so can have a one. This may harsh but we need a player in his position to make an impact on the game if we are to finally grab a goal.
Potentially generous for his impact on proceedings, hence MOTM not going to him.
But he got nothing off the ref despite being obviously held multiple times. He had Bolton’s two best efforts. The first he created for himself because there was no one else there too and let off a decent hit which was well fielded by Frank. The second he rose well off the only good cross of the game from a Bolton player to force a goal line clearance.
The guy got frustrated, but who can blame him. He has no support and the ref gave him nothing. Either give the lad someone running off him or do the humane thing and drop him because the current situation probably breaches the European Convention on Human Rights on the grounds of inhumane and degrading treatment or punishment.
He got a rousing reception from the home fans and prompted booing of the ref from the home fans when booked.
He ran around and fielded a few headers, but like Madine had no support and the ref gave him bugger all despite being held by multiple men in red at any given time. He didn’t have the time or opportunity to make an impact.
Like Wilbraham he had no chance to get into the game. A pointless substitution with the way the game was going, but this is not ALF’s fault.
All he did was push a City player over when he had a half chance to create something. Probably not up to it at this level and the sooner we accept this the less painful it will be to watch. Hopefully he can prove me wrong once fully fit.
He made the team more solid and barring horrid defending for the first and a huge deflection we looked alright. He deserves credit for that. We do though still need to plug the holes or HMS Trotters is going down quicker than the Belgrano. But there was some positive movement on that front, even if it may already he too little too late.
The lack of goal threat though continues to be a huge concern. This needs addressing as although tightening up and grabbing some draws would be great, it is already nearing too late for draws to make any difference.