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PLAYER MATCH RATINGS: Rotherham United 1 Bolton Wanderers 1

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Wanderers salvaged a point at Rotherham thanks to Christian Doidge's late goal - but who was their star performer?

There was no shortage of effort on show at the New York Stadium, even if the quality was lacking for long spells of the game. But which player got Marc Iles' vote for man of the match?

WANDERERS (3-5-2)

BEN ALNWICK…7 Made some important saves from Wood and Smith and generally handled his return to action pretty well under some intense penalty area pressure.

JACK HOBBS…6.5 One or two little lapses but Hobbs generally coped with the barrage well, looking quite comfortable as part of a back three.

DAVID WHEATER…7.5 Does enjoy being in the middle of three centre halves, and read the game well, making some well-timed challenges whenever Rotherham got near.

MARC WILSON…6.5 Encouraging return to the team on the left side of the trio. Generally sound in a defensive sense but didn’t get a chance to use the ball out of defence, as he is well capable of doing.

PAWEL OLKOWSKI…6 Only managed to impose himself on the game in little bursts down the right. Still looks Wanderers’ most attack-minded player.

JASON LOWE…7 Does the ugly side of the game very well – and this was definitely that sort of game. Contributed to the defensive effort and was tidy enough in possession.

JOE WILLIAMS…6 Didn’t get on the ball as much as Wanderers would probably like him to, as the Everton loanee looks to have a level of invention in possession that few others do.

GARY O’NEIL…6 Made a decent start but was forced off midway through the first half with a calf injury and looks likely to miss the next couple of weeks.

LLOYD DYER…6 Recovered from a difficult start to the game to have more of an influence on the left flank. Looks to have a burst of pace, which could be beneficial.

CLAYTON DONALDSON…7.5 Wanderers’ star man on effort alone. The experienced striker chased and harried for 90-plus minutes and his belligerence helped set up the equaliser for Doidge. MOM.

JOSH MAGENNIS…6 Worked hard, as ever, but will look at the missed penalty as the moment which defined his afternoon. Wanderers could have paid dear.

Subs: Vela 6.5, 34 (for O’Neil) – Looked up for the fight

Doidge 7, 67 (for Williams) – Terrific finish for the equaliser

Wildschut 6, 67 (for Dyer) – Added some attacking nous

Not used: Taylor, Beevers, Noone, Matthews.

Rotherham: (4-4-1-1): Rodak; Jones, Ajayi, Wood, Mattock; Taylor, Vaulks, Towell, Vassell; Williams; Smith.

Subs: Vyner 28 (for Jones), Newell 65 (for Vassell), Manning 78 (for Taylor) Not used: Palmer, Proctor, Price, Wiles.

Referee: John Brooks 5/10 – Patchy at best

Attendance: 10,011

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