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1PLAYER RATINGS: Bolton 1-2 Oldham Empty PLAYER RATINGS: Bolton 1-2 Oldham Sat Oct 17 2020, 19:46


Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse

Wanderers turned in a dreadful home performance against Oldham, slipping to a 2-1 defeat which puts them 20th in the League Two table.

Ian Evatt didn't hold back in his post-match appraisal, branding the display "disgusting," so don't expect too many good match marks this week!

WANDERERS (3-4-1-2)


One fairly routine save from Danny Rowe just before the break but otherwise watched the ball bounce off the woodwork and flash across his box. Urged by Evatt to increase the tempo in the second half.


Had been riding quite steady until midway through the second half when Oldham started getting in behind him. Used the ball pretty well, not the worst of the bunch by any stretch.


In possession he was fairly good, had time to thread a couple of killer balls, and won enough in the air, too. But on the ground, he failed to lay a finger on Rowe, McAleny and Co when they broke through.


At 60 minutes he would have been a contender for man of the match but he had a horrendous final half an hour.


Maybe the only highlight on the day? Got forward, linked up with the attack, was unexpectedly proficient in the air. Must have wondered what he walked into.


Any good work he had accomplished in the first half, where he was generally positive on the ball, was undone by a sloppy and slow second half. Subbed for Tutte.


Wanderers may consider changing their home shirt to green because Sarcevic just hasn’t found his Plymouth form in Bolton colours. Better after the break.


Couple of bright moments in the first half overshadowed by some poor decisions on the ball and that ever-present chasm which appeared behind him in the second half.


There is a lot of pressure on the Scot to be the creative fulcrum of this team but he retreated deeper and deeper to have a negligible effect on the game by the end.


Bolton fans have had faith that his pedigree would shine through but this was the first time where his overall performance could be brought into real question.


Tried hard and got the equaliser but just could not get into the game. Not helped, it must be said, by the physical treatment which was not detected by the referee.

Subs: Tutte 73 (for Comley) – Didn’t really get into the game.

Gnahoua 77 (for Crawford) – Had a bit of purpose about him.

Mascoll 83 (for Gordon) – Nowhere near for the winning goal.

Not used: Hickman, Greenidge, Darcy, Baptiste

Oldham (3-4-3): Bilboe; Ntambwe, Jombati, Piergianni; Hamer, Garrity, Whelan, Barnett; Bahamboula, Rowe, McAleny.

Subs: Jameson 54 (for Jombati), McCalmont 76 (for Whelan), Dearnley 85 (for Bahamboula) Not used: Keilor-Dunn, Grant, Fage, Chapman.

Referee: Bobby Madley 5/10.

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2PLAYER RATINGS: Bolton 1-2 Oldham Empty Re: PLAYER RATINGS: Bolton 1-2 Oldham Mon Oct 19 2020, 00:32


Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse

Coaching 2?
Still too negative in midfield, not looking for the killer pass when we should be focussing on shooting practice for pinging it goalwards from all angles. Basic attacking build up play stifled in it's infancy is hard to take for a fan, especially when the better pass is obvious from a high angle TV view but they have to practice attacking link up play until it's first nature for them. It's the job.

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