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Ratings - Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Middlesbrough

Another step in the wrong direction

Bolton Wanderers v Ipswich Town - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Last night Bolton Wanderers took another massive step towards League One football with yet another shocking performance, this time against Middlesbrough. With that in mind, please see my ratings below:

Remi Matthews - 6

Did well for the most part with some straightforward saves and couldn’t really do much about either goal. His distribution remains impressively poor.

Marc Wilson - 3

A return to the side for the former Sunderland man and a return to the sort of performance that saw him dropped in the first place. A fine example of the sort of rubbish that we’ve been subjected to in terms of signings in the Anderson era.

David Wheater - 6

I thought he was one of our better performers. He read the game well and might, on another day, have taken one of his two good opportunities from corners.

Mark Beevers - 4

Another disappointing display from Beevers as he struggled against the pace of Ashley Fletcher and Britt Assombalonga. Yet again he spent 15mins before the game practicing his headers and then proceeded to lose most of his aerial battles throughout the game.

Pavel Olkowski - 4

Struggled all evening both in an attacking and defensive sense.

Joe Williams - 4

Yet another hugely disappointing night for the Everton man. You’d hope that given our relegation is near on confirmed now that he will be dropped in favour for someone like Joe Pritchard.

Replaced by Erhun Oztumer who had a few nice touches but nothing to think that he’ll start at the weekend against Derby County.

Luca Connell - 8

Another excellent performance from Connell who was the only member of the side whose commitment to the cause couldn’t be questioned. He was tenacious and useful on the ball. Hopefully his injury isn’t serious but his departure from the field certainly felt like a goodbye.

Replaced by Callum Connolly who was his usual anonymous self.

Gary O’Neil - 5

Busy and with a few nice touches, he was his usual industrious self except without a single memorable moment from the game.

Craig Noone - 3

Dear Jesus, please make it so that Noone is NEVER put at wing-back again. He was absolutely diabolical and cost us the second goal with his wasteful passing.

Sammy Ameobi - 4

Gets a point for the shot at the end, otherwise would have been on a 3 as well for another listless performance with absolutely no end product.

Josh Magennis - 4

I don’t recall him winning a single header all night and, of course, he was absolutely no form of goal threat whatsoever. I really don’t see anything in him to suggest that he’s going to be the type of striker that we need to help us get out of League One next season.


Phil Parkinson - 0

Sigh. Another game passes with another limp performance from his Wanderers side. He spent the game patrolling the touchline with his hands in his pockets completely incapable of affecting the match whatsoever. He really is a dead man walking and I can only hope and pray that the end is near.