Another game day and another defeat for Bolton Wanderers. As we maintain our seemingly-unstoppable slide towards League One on the field, the off field shenanigans that Chairman Ken Anderson has brought upon us hardly deserve mention, such is the unfathomable shit-show that is our present situation.
Anyway, on to ratings:
Remi Matthews - 7
Again the only player worthy of any sort of credit. Yes he made a couple of errors but more often than not he managed to get himself out of those situations with good saves. I would rather have a lucky goalkeeper than a good one, as displayed with his first-half penalty save.
Pavel Olkowski - 5
Another outing for Pav where he is unable to play his natural game. Couldn’t get up and down the flank and therefore will be disappointed.
David Wheater - n/a
Struggled massively against the unpredictable Oliver McBurnie before being sent off in ridiculous fashion. I read online some fans praising him for ‘taking one for the team’. I disagree. Granted, the player would’ve been clean through, but surely Wheater should’ve let him run and trusted his keeper?
Instead he brought Naughton down a mile from the goal and condemned us to defeat where previously there may have been a tiny glimmer of hope. A crazy decision.
Mark Beevers - 5
Outfought and out-thought by McBurnie, he was beaten far too easily for the second goal and this summed up a forgettable performance.
Callum Connolly - 6
Makeshift players are there to do a job and it’s probably fair to say that Connolly did that job. He was hard-working but struggled to get much traction going forward thanks to the actions of his more experienced team-mates.
Sammy Ameobi - 5
The best thing I can say about this performance is that he was anonymous. Again.
Gary O’Neil - 6
He’s probably our best player at the moment despite his advancing years. His energy and drive is admirable but much like his teammates when it comes to actively influencing the game then there really isn’t much there.
Luca Connell - 5
Some neat passing but was lost in a crowded midfield. Was more influential when he attacked with the ball and had a couple of shots that forced their keeper into action. Was replaced by Luke Murphy who, with his first touch, contributed to Wheater’s brain-fart.
Craig Noone - n/a
Whether it was or wasn’t soft, the idiotic Noone put the referee in a position where he had a decision to make. After being booked for conceding the penalty he was sent off just before half-time making a difficult challenge even more so. Just as to blame as Wheater.
Josh Magennis - 5
Struggled against a strong Swansea City backline and was eventually stretchered off in the second half following an innocuous challenge. Before that he was absolutely zero goal threat, as usual. Replaced by Will Buckley who was as anonymous as he has been throughout his Bolton career. Just pointless.
Clayton Donaldson - 5
Saw quite a bit of the ball but as usual failed to do anything with it and was absolutely nowhere near their goal at any point in the match. Replaced by Jack Hobbs when Wheater was sent off.
Phil Parkinson - n/a
Started the game with two up front but in reality we were never in the game in an attacking sense from the first minute to the last. Granted, he cannot be held responsible for the actions of his players who chose yesterday to display just how stupid they can be, but his can be held responsible for picking perhaps the most immobile midfield in Bolton Wanderers’ history.
With such atrocious in-game statistics (almost none of which were in our favour), again the only reasonable conclusion following the match is that he should be sacked immediately, lest we have to put up with any more of this interminable shite.