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Man of the Match: Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Wigan Athletic – Christian Doidge

An outstanding moment in front of goal, albeit the opposite one we would have hoped for.

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Since his arrival from Forest Green Rovers back in September, Christian Doidge hasn’t had a consistent run in the team. After being handed only his third starting place for the club since his arrival, Doidge led the line with the support of Sammy Ameobi behind him, in the number ten role.

The Welshman certainly looked up against it with the likes of 6’7 Dan Burn at the heart of the Wigan defence. Despite this, Doidge battled well and won his fair share of aerial challenges. His work rate was exceptional, and if he had started with a partnering striker, perhaps the result may have been different.

In the short amount of time that Magennis and Doidge were on the pitch together, there seemed to be great potential of a solid striking duo. Hopefully we will get the opportunity to see these two playing together from the outset.

I have given Doidge MOTM not only because of his tireless work rate, but due to his exceptional goal line clearance that he made to ensure Wanderers came away with a point. As the Wigan corner was flicked on at the near post, a goal looked certain as Alnwick was beaten. Doidge somehow managed to divert the effort up and over the bar.

I hope he manages to cement his starting place and can go from strength to strength, I feel he may have a very important part to play in the remainder of the season.