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MOTM: Bolton Wanderers 0-3 Sheffield United - Ben Alnwick

A hard decision when you lose at home

Nottingham Forest v Bolton Wanderers - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

It is always difficult to write a man of the match report when you get pumped 3-0 at home and even that result is kind to you. I suppose watching the game I took solace from the fact I felt Sheffield United were simply too good for us at what they do. The short interplay between a front two and a supportive midfield was kryptonite to our defence.

Anyways, I better get on with it so I can enjoy the rest of my Bank Holiday so I’m going to focus on two players I think came out of the game with some credibility.

I felt Sammy Ameobi was our only threat to the Blades and it was no surprise seeing the Wanderers players continuously giving him the ball. The issue Ameobi had was Sheffield United identified this themselves and it wasn’t long before the skilful talisman was under pressure from numerous defenders. He did well however and you get the feeling he is going to be a big player for us again this year.

There was really only one contender for me for man of the match and that is the Wanderers’ goalkeeper, Ben Alnwick. There was once again quite a few impressive stops from the Sunderland-trainee, particularly the save made at the very start of the game as Alnwick pushed a John Fleck effort onto the underside of the bar in seemingly impossible circumstances.

Alnwick is really good Championship goalkeeper.