Wanderers’ best two individual performances of last season arrived in their final-day victory against Crawley to clinch promotion.
Data from Whoscored.com ranked Dapo Afolayan and Antoni Sarcevic’s display at 8.8 out of 10 – the highest marks given to any Bolton player during the course of the season.
The website says it rates players using a “unique, comprehensive statistical algorithm, calculated live during the game” which involves more than 200 different calculations.
We analysed the whole season’s results to find the best and worst numbers for Wanderers players and found that captain, Antoni Sarcevic, appeared more often in the top 10 than anyone else.
The midfielder averaged 7.15 for the whole season, nudging just ahead of Ricardo Santos (7.14) and Alex Baptiste (7.06).
Both he and Afolayan achieved a season-high 8.8 out of 10, boosted by goals and assists in that memorable game at Crawley in May – but Sarcevic also managed to rack up some high scores in the 3-3 draw at Barrow in October and the televised win against Salford City the following month.
Huddersfield Town loanee Ben Jackson registered the joint second-highest score of 8.5 with his goal and clean sheet against Morecambe in the run-in.
Sharing second spot was Ricardo Santos for a belligerent defensive performance under a barrage of long throws at Cheltenham in December and Alex Baptiste’s all-action display at home to Southend United in late November.
Santos swept pretty much all the individual honours at the start of the summer and two other appearances make our list, suitably slender victories against Stevenage and Carlisle United in the final few months of the campaign.
Old stager Alex Baptiste also appears for his work at Morecambe and Gethin Jones achieved the distinction of scoring better than eight out of 10 on both his outings against Port Vale last season, including a 6-3 humbling at home.
At the other end of the scale, Ryan Delaney will need little reminder of the day his season went wrong at Prenton Park.
The Irishman conceded a controversial penalty and was then sent off, losing his place in the side after what ultimately proved his final game for the club.
A paltry score of 3.7 out of 10 makes it comfortably the worst score of the season, for or against Wanderers, but Delaney can perhaps console himself that he appears only once more on the ‘worst of’ list, which is more than can be said for poor old Billy Crellin.
The young goalkeeper, whose spell on loan from Fleetwood proved somewhat of a disaster, finished the season with an average rating of 6.11, which was the lowest for anyone who achieved more than 10 starts.
Of the bottom six individual scores given by Whoscored.com to Bolton players last season, Crellin makes five appearances.
He scored a 5.0 out of 10 at Cambridge United – where he famously fell foul of his manager Ian Evatt during a post-match interview – and at Barrow, where he conceded three early goals.
Crellin also makes the list for mistakes in the home defeat against Newport and away defeats at Colchester United and Leyton Orient – a game where he even saved a penalty.
Goalkeepers don’t get off lightly with Whoscored’s scoring system and Matt Gilks also makes three unscheduled appearances in the list after errors against Cambridge, Tranmere and Cheltenham.
Santos showed that he did have some off days, rating just 5.1 in the 6-3 home defeat against Port Vale, and little better in the hammering at Orient.
There was plenty to smile about for George Thomason in his first season as a professional but his debut against Vale left him with a mark of 5.6.
Reiss Greenidge had a season to forget, averaging 6.41 in his five appearances, the lowest of which was a 1-0 defeat against Crawley in which he was sent off in second half stoppage time.
WANDERERS’ BEST PERFORMANCES OF THE SEASON
1. Dapo Afolayan/Antoni Sarcevic v Crawley (A) - 8.8
2. Ben Jackson v Morecambe (A) - 8.5 Ricardo Santos v Cheltenham (A) – 8.5 Alex Baptiste v Southend (H) – 8.5
3. Antoni Sarcevic v Barrow (A) – 8.4 Eoin Doyle v Southend (H) – 8.4
4. Antoni Sarcevic v Salford (H) – 8.3 Alex Baptiste v Morecambe (A) – 8.3
5. Ricardo Santos v Carlisle (H) – 8.2 Gethin Jones v Port Vale (A) – 8.2 Ricardo Santos v Stevenage (H) – 8.2
WANDERERS’ WORST PERFORMANCES OF THE SEASON
1. Ryan Delaney v Tranmere (A) – 3.7
2. Billy Crellin v Cambridge (A) – 5.0 Billy Crellin v Barrow (A) – 5.0
3. Ricardo Santos v Port Vale (H) – 5.1
4. Ricardo Santos v Leyton Orient (A) – 5.5 Billy Crellin v Newport (H) – 5.5
5. Matt Gilks v Cambridge (H) – 5.6 Matt Gilks v Tranmere (H) – 5.6 George Thomason v Port Vale (H) – 5.6 Billy Crellin v Leyton Orient (A) – 5.6
6. Ryan Delaney/Alex Baptiste v Port Vale (H) – 5.7 Matt Gilks v Cheltenham (H) – 5.7 Reiss Greenidge v Crawley (H) – 5.7 Billy Crellin v Colchester (A) – 5.7
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