Max Biamou’s 90th minute winner for the Sky Blues saw Wanderers lose 2-1 at St. Andrews after a patchy performance which put into perspective how poor Tranmere Rovers really are for losing to us last week.
Usually here I’d give a brief overview of the game before delving into the ratings but seeing as this has taken longer than anticipated to come out, I reckon any Bolton fan worth their salt probably already knows what happened. As such, here they are:
Remi Matthews 6
We aren’t allowed to say anything bad about him, so I just won’t say anything at all.
Josh Emmanuel 5.5
Nowhere near the levels he reached against Tranmere and culpable for the second goal with a half-hearted clearance. Still by far and away one of our best players on his day so I’ll allow him this given 90% of what he does is great.
Toto Nsiala 5
You’ve seen the first goal, you know how rubbish he defended for it. He’s done OK for us so far but when Jack Hobbs is fit enough for the bench why on earth wouldn’t you start the man? Seeing as Toto not only knocked himself out but also scarred Callum O’Hare for life, you’d hope Hobbs would be in for Tuesday.
Kean Bryan 5.5
To be honest I’m not quite seeing what everyone else is seeing in him at the moment, though I will concede he is decent on the ball. However, he doesn’t use this enough and hoofs the ball too often, for me. Also I’m not sure he’s big enough to be a centre back and would sooner someone who wins headers in there, moving Bryan to midfield where he played at Oldham.
Brandon Fleming 6.5
Great going forward, by far and away our best outlet. Taught a lesson defensively by Dabo who got the better of him time and again. Stuck to the task but, frankly, given he won’t be with us next season I’d like to see what Joe Bunney can do.
Jason Lowe 6
Didn’t do anything poorly or well, best of the three in midfield but had little to no competition. Doesn’t seem to have the same fire as he did before his suspension.
Luke Murphy 5.5
See Lowe but slightly more anonymous. Not sure why he isn’t getting forward as much as he was starting to look a lot more useful, like Lowe, pre-suspension. Must do better.
Ethan Hamilton 4
Crap. Really, really, really don’t get what people see in him. 6,2 but as timid as a mouse, Manchester United academy but can’t pass a ball and Scottish yet as hard in the tackle as tissue paper. I don’t in any way condone Jacob Mellis’ off-filed antics but he can’t be a worse footballer than this muppet.
Dennis Politic 7.5
Joyous at times, frustrating at others but I’m so pleased he will be with us for the long haul. The run for his first half chance was simply stunning and while I think he should have finished it, the balls on him to keep going back into goalscoring positions shows a maturity beyond his years to match his precocious talent. His goal was taken brilliantly and while he has to work on some aspects, it is a pleasure to watch him grow up in front of our eyes.
Chris O’Grady 7
This is why he was brought in; I haven’t seen this kind of showing from him since Bristol Rovers away. Held the ball up well and created the goal. Should have had one himself, sure, but given we seem to needlessly be hoofing it in game at the moment it’s nice to see with O’Grady in the team it isn’t a pointless tactic.
Daryl Murphy 6
Unlucky with his one and only chance of the game, producing a great save from Marosi. I have no issue with him being anonymous elsewhere as long as he keeps scoring and I fully back him to do that.