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1Player Ratings: Bolton 0 Stoke City 0 Empty Player Ratings: Bolton 0 Stoke City 0 on Sun Dec 30 2018, 15:06

karlypants

karlypants
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Wanderers shut out Stoke to climb out of the bottom three - but how did the players rate?

Marc Iles gives his verdict on a hard-earned point for Phil Parkinson's side.

WANDERERS (4-2-3-1)

BEN ALNWICK…6.5

Made an important early save from James McClean, without which it might have been a very different afternoon.

JASON LOWE…7.5

Another very encouraging performance at right-back. Tested early on by McClean but eventually won the battle and put in some good crosses.

DAVID WHEATER…7

Won plenty in the air and got his positioning right, when needed. But it was a much more comfortable game than he could have expected.

MARK BEEVERS…7.5

Beevers’ performances have definitely gone up a notch in the last couple of games and here he coped admirably with Benik Afobe.

JONATHAN GROUNDS…7

Much more like it from the Birmingham City loanee, who came in for the injured Andy Taylor. Gutsy display, given what he was up against.

MARC WILSON…6

No frills, just nice and tidy from the Irishman. Gives Williams a bit more security to push on with the ball.

JOE WILLIAMS…6

Rattled into tackles like his life depended on it but needs to improve his use of the ball at times. There’s a lot to like about the Everton youngster.

CLAYTON DONALDSON…6

Asked to play a wider role than he did against Rotherham, and once Wanderers got going he combined well with Lowe. Maybe a little lucky with a second-half trip on McClean moments after getting booked.

JOSH VELA…8

Swashbuckling stuff from the midfielder, who deserved his standing ovation from the Wanderers fans. Can he keep his place in the side, though?

SAMMY AMEOBI…6

Not involved quite as much as he or Wanderers would have liked but tidy enough when he got the ball. Didn’t get a sight of goal, unfortunately.

CHRISTIAN DOIDGE…7.5

Bucketloads of effort, and signs he is tuning in to life in the Championship. A goal would have capped things off – but it’s coming.

Subs: Magennis 6.5, 65 (for Donaldson) – Impressive cameo. Start at Hull?

Noone 90 (for Vela)

Not used: Matthews, Buckley, Hobbs, Murphy, Olkowski

Stoke City (4-3-3): Butland; Edwards, Williams, Shawcross, Martins Indi; Allen, Woods, Clucas; Ince, Afobe, McClean.

Subs: Campbell 72 (for Clucas), Etebo 72 (for Ince), Crouch 81 (for Afobe) Not used: Berahino, Martina, Fletcher, Federici.

Referee: Keith Stroud 6/10 – A couple of head-scratchers in the first half but nothing much to write home about.

Attendance: 15,309

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2Player Ratings: Bolton 0 Stoke City 0 Empty Re: Player Ratings: Bolton 0 Stoke City 0 on Sun Dec 30 2018, 17:34

doffcocker

doffcocker
Ivan Campo
Ivan Campo
It would take something really special or particularly mortifying to motivate me into rating each player's match performance out of ten.

Instead I'll just say that most players probably had their best game for a long time, and yet we still couldn't score against a Stoke side who were just appalling considering the calibre of players they've got. There's just a serious lack of match-winning quality there, so anybody hoping to see anything more than ugly wins at the UniBol shouldn't bother.

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