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Man Of The Match: Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Shrewsbury Town - Ronan Darcy

An outstanding performance from the youngster, yet again.

Bolton Wanderers v Shrewsbury Town - Sky Bet League One Photo by Andrew Kearns - CameraSport via Getty Images

It’s turning into quite the regular occurrence this, isn't it? Another game, another tireless performance from our number 27.

A flick on from Luke Murphy was met with a lofted volley in behind the Shrewsbury back line for Thibaud Verlinden to produce a deft chip over the helpless goalkeeper. The assist, just as good as the finish in my opinion. The awareness and precision of the pass to sit perfectly for the Stoke City loanee to score without breaking stride speaks volumes of Darcy’s ability to create something out of what seemed to be nothing.

Following a daft decision from Jason Lowe to throw himself into a needless challenge, Wanderers were down to ten men for the remaining half an hour or so. Those long final thirty minutes were almost as if we were watching a training exercise. It was wave after wave of Shrewsbury attacks. This required a different role for young Darcy. He had to fill in to that deeper slot in midfield, vacated by Lowe.

With 75 minutes on the clock, Sonny Graham was being prepped by Hill and the coaches on the touchline. When Verlinden made way, Darcy yet again changed position. Displaying his excellent versatility yet again by putting in a solid shift at virtually Left Wing Back for the remainder of the game, due to the frequency of Shrewsbury’s attacks.

His creative partnership and link up play with Thibaud Verlinden is so entertaining to watch. Although I believe it is unlikely we will get to see Verlinden again after the Burton game, let’s enjoy those two and their creative flair whilst we can.

Special mention to Thibuad and Remi Matthews who were just pipped to the MOTM, but both had great games.

A solid defensive display, mirrored with a tireless energy, a superb assist and excellent set piece delivery proving yet again why Ronan is so highly rated at Wanderers. We will be very lucky if he is still playing in a Wanderers shirt at the start of next season.

Well done, Ro!