What a nail biting match that was. In the first half Crewe managed to break the seal open with a goal just before half time. Parkinson soon realised the squad he already had on the pitch wasn’t working. He made three substitutions at the 66th minute. Here is my opinion on how I thought the players performed.
Ben Alnwick – 6
Conceded just the one, looked pretty comfortable only being tested four times throughout the 90 minutes. Slightly worrying as he fumbled a corner right at the end.
Stephen Darby – 5
Looked very shaky and gave the ball away too many times with awful passing. That said, he was out of position. Let’s give him a chance at right back.
Reece Burke – 8
Solid at the back, didn’t let much past him. Always wanting to push forward instead of passing it around his back five. Fantastic effort from the youngster. A well earned 90 minutes under his belt.
Derik Osede – 8
Derik played extremely well, made some excellent attacking moves and didn’t let much of the game phase him. Fantastic night for Mr Osede who scored his first goal in Bolton colours.
Mark Little – 7
Played very well, making some good runs. Worked tirelessly through out. His passing was the only thing that let him down.
Jack Earing – 7
The youngster suited his position extremely well. I felt like he was one of the better players in the first half, working tirelessly throughout and looked comfortable on the ball.
Darren Pratley – 7
After missing the Leeds match due to illness Darren was brought into the squad as captain. He made some fantastic runs and looked lively too. Poor shooting from the skipper as he sent the ball out of play too often, though.
Antonee Robinson – 6.5
Poor first half, but seemed to find his feet in the second. I personally thought he made quite a few mistakes but not to take it away from him, he made some pacey bursts down the left hand side. It’s all about learning for him. Great ball to Buckley for Armstrong’s goal.
Will Buckley – 8
The best man on the pitch for me – he wasn’t afraid of anything. He made some fantastic passes which led to a few chances. Nice cut back for Armstrong’s goal. His delivery from dead balls needs work but apart from that he had a fantastic game.
Aaron Wilbraham – 6
Struggled to get into the game in the first half. He came back out after half time and started to look a little more lively. Will have to do more to warrant a place in the starting XI.
Adam Armstrong – 8
Fantastic display from the Newcastle United loanee, scoring his first goal in Wanderers colours. Another lively player who wasn’t phased by anything.
Gary Madine – 7
As soon as the fans saw Madine waiting to come on, a massive roar of ‘We’ve got Madine’ chants echoed throughout Gretsy Road. Instantly after gracing the field he started to win balls and made some brilliant passes. The impact Madine had on the game was enormous.
Filipe Morais – 7
He’s back after not playing throughout pre-season due to a knee injury. Yet another assist under his belt – a peach of a cross for Derik’s goal.
Jem Karacan- 7
Yet another player who had an impact on the game. Got stuck in, made some great challenges and passed well.
By Jack Fletcher