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Player Ratings: Norwich City 3-2 Bolton Wanderers


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I can’t even be arsed doing a preamble. What a kick in the balls that was.


Ben Alnwick - 5

Could’ve done better with at least two of the goals IMHO. We know he can do better.

Pavel Olkowski - 5

Has dropped off massively. Gone is the ‘Bolton Cafu’, instead we’ve got Gretar Steinsson with better hair.

Gary O’Neil (for Olkowski) - 5

Pav was injured. Otherwise this would’ve raised a million questions - the first being why on earth did we sign him? Has always been the busy type, but with little to show for it.

Jack Hobbs - 6

Continues to be the best of a bad bunch, and that isn’t saying much at all.

Mark Beevers - 5

Was given a torrid time by Pukki all afternoon. An off day considering his recent improvement.

Andy Taylor - 5

Slow and steady as usual but offers nothing going forward. I suppose he’s reliable in this regard.

Joe Williams - 6

A bit better than recent displays but Preston away still feels like a whole different player. There was none of his usual misplaced aggression, which was surprising. He ran himself into the ground which is enough for some people I suppose.

Jason Lowe - 5

Had a shot in the first half! I think it was a shot, it was probably a misplaced backpass. Gets a point for being in their half.

Craig Noone - 5

Weak and ineffective. What use is a winger with no end product?

Lloyd Dyer (for Noone) - 4

Nothing really much of anything to report.

Sammy Ameobi - 5

Scored with a tidy finish and looked dangerous at times but his ridiculous red card means that he’s going to miss the next game and further weaken the side. Bonus point for scoring.

Will Buckley - 4

Maybe if he cups his ear again he could hear 400 Bolton fans telling him how poor he was just a little bit more clearly. Taking up a space and not giving us anywhere near enough on a regular basis. Another winger with no end product.

Josh Magennis (for Buckley) - 5

Should’ve done better with a late ball into the box. Another who looks nothing like the player he did in September.

Christian Doidge - 4

Another invisible performance from a man who is struggling to cope with the increased demands of a more competitive league. Put in the hard yards but with little to show for it.


Parkinson - 4

Credit is due for pushing Beevers up at the end but if your defenders are better at getting into goalscoring positions than your strikers then perhaps you need to look at how you recruit those forwards. Will no doubt point to the heart the team showed but that’s just not enough given where we are in the league.

Calls for him to leave are even louder now and show no signs of quieting down.

Hard to see how this can have anything else than an acrimonious divorce, and soon.