To be honest I was not blown away by any performance from a Bolton Wanderers player in this match. A few fell obviously below their normal standards but many simply had average and not overly noteworthy games. Too many Creme Eggs maybe? I’m certainly convinced that is why I seem to be becoming less fit despite regular exercise at the moment.
Anyway, hopefully an off peak performance, mixed with not picking up three points, will give the players the necessary impetus to get back to winning ways on Monday. We appear to be at a point in the season where it looks possible to either consolidate our position in the top three or slip back into a fight for a play off place. Maintaining momentum will be key.
Another clean sheet in this match may indicate it was a defender who was the best on show. But, in reality they had very little to do for much of the game, and Colchester United did not really look like scoring even when they did get the ball up the pitch.
At the other end of the pitch there was a lack of cutting edge and far too few chances of any form created through the game. Realistically, this has been the case for a couple of matches now, it has just happened that Eoin Doyle and co have converted the few clear opportunities presented.
When I finished shifting through the mediocrity in my head Kieran Lee is the man I came to as the man of the match. Even in a below par team performance his quality shone through on the ball. Where Bolton were able to effectively up the tempo of proceedings Lee was always somewhere to be seen, including one particularly good first time ball on the turn.
He even managed a decent shot on goal, proving he is capable of pulling the trigger if he likes, so next time he has a good opening it would be nice to see him have a go.
I do not doubt that Lee will continue to be a key man during the run in.