Bolton Wanderers showed that they’re not just a one man team Friday night, beating Bristol City 1-0 to go three points clear of the relegation places.
Credit has to go to Phil Parkinson for sorting out a game plan in the minuscule amount of time he had after selling Gary Madine to Cardiff City.
There were plenty of impressive performances on the pitch, arguably from all Wanderers.
Although, a few players stood out among the rest.
Firstly, the defence were sensational. Mark Little and Antonee Robinson, operating as wing backs, were brilliant as ever going forward and tracking back. It’s been said time and time again, but Everton really do have a quality player in the making with Robinson.
The back three of Dorian Dervite, Mark Beevers and David Wheater played brilliantly to limit Bristol’s attackers. It was quite possibly the best defensive performance of the season, one that harked back to Wanderers’ performances from last season.
Tyler Walker and Zach Clough were quite impressive in their debuts (second debut for Clough), but Clough should have scored that chance to kill the game late on.
For me, the Man of the Match was Sammy Ameobi. Leading the line up front in an unfamiliar central role, Sammy Ameobi was at his absolute best.
He may not be a target man, but Ameobi brought the attacking threat Wanderers needed to win the game. It’s clear to see that week break made all the difference.
Ameobi could have opened the scoring in the first half with a spectacular curled effort after a mazy run. But in the second half, he produced a moment of magic.
Sammy won the game with a unbelievable solo goal. To run the length of the pitch and bury the ball into the corner like he did takes real skill.
It was very reminiscent of a goal Jay-Jay Okocha scored against West Ham back in 2003.
Let’s hope Ameobi’s means as much in the fight to stay in The Championship.