In my view there were a number of really strong performances against an expensively assembled Aston Villa team boasting some big names and talented players. Bolton Wanderers more than held their own for 45 minutes, and were somewhat unfortunate not to be ahead at the break.
However, for me one man stood out and that is Kieran Lee. I can only think of one time in the game where he received the ball and his touch let him down, every other time he controlled the flow of the game around him. He simply oozed class, the kind of class which frankly it is remarkable we managed to bring to League Two.
Lee’s stand out moment is of course a wonderful assist. He combined with Dapo Afolayan to win the ball on the edge of the box before proceeding to embarrass Callum Chambers with some quick feet and superbly feed Dion Charles. Truely glorious football.
The other moment which stood out the me was a perfect tackle late in the game deep inside the Bolton penalty area. For a man supposed to be lacking the energy and legs of his younger colleagues it was a simply exceptional interception.
More performances like this and Lee will be a key man as Bolton look to consolidate themselves at the top end of League One.