Ratings: Blues 0-1 Bolton

The true definition of a ‘Typical Blues’ performance was witnessed at St Andrews on Tuesday night. Having had a wonderful win at QPR, a flat Blues side fell victims to a Callum Connolly winner for Bolton. Here are my ratings from the game.

Starting XI

Lee Camp

Never really troubled throughout, no chance with the goal. Thought he was going to have another 'hero' moment at the end when he came up for a corner!

6
Wes Harding

I felt for Wes. His enthusiasm, effort and commitment was there - but he struggled going forward. There were numerous crosses put in which were easily cleared. He didn't have too much support going forward though.

5
Michael Morrison

Struggled in a battle against former Blues man Clayton Donaldson. He have away a needless free kick which lead to the Bolton goal. In the second half he lacked composure, with a lot of long aimless balls upfield.

5
Harlee Dean

Also struggled to contain Clayton Donaldson, who gave the two centre halves a tough evening. Harlee tried to get Blues going in the second half with a few runs forward, but to no avail.

6
Maxime Colin

Didn't look as confident going forward, which is understandable whilst playing on the opposite side of defence. Had one shot in the second half which deflected just wide.

5
Maikel Kieftenbeld

Inches away from goal of the season in the first half with a wonder strike. His commitment couldn't be faulted, and he tried to keep Blues moving in the centre of the park.

6
Gary Gardner

Battled hard for Blues on the right hand side. Moved into the centre of the park later on when Kieftenbeld was taken off. A few nice moments but not enough to cause the Bolton defence any trouble.

6
Jacques Maghoma

A tough evening for the Blues winger. He tried to make things happen, but it was very difficult against a Bolton defence who crowded out any available space Blues had. Slightly wasteful on occasions.

5
Jota

Struggled in the number 10 role in the first half, mainly down to how defensive Bolton were. They set out to keep Jota quiet, with two men on him almost every time he picked up possession, and it worked. Came closest to scoring for Blues with a shot against the post just before he was taken off.

6
Lukas Jutkiewicz

This wasn't the game for Lukas Jutkiewicz at all. He was marked closely by David Wheater all game, who had the aerial advantage over the Juke... and it's not often I find myself saying that!

5
Che Adams

Some nice flicks in the first half, you could see he was a player playing with confidence. Denied by a brilliant save from Bolton keeper Remi Matthews in injury time, a chance which you'd have put your house on Adams scoring!

6

Substitutes

Kerim Mrabti - Man of the Match
Blues' brightest spark when he came on. He looked bright, and had the confidence to keep looking for the ball to try and make things happen. He pulled off a few lovely flicks, including a wonderful pass to put Che Adams clean through in injury time.
6
Isaac Vassell
Brought on to play down the right hand side, but struggled to have any impact on the game. Looked lost out wide.
5
David Davis
It was great to see David Davis back on the pitch for Blues, but this was not the right time for Garry Monk to bring him back. He looked rusty, and misplaced almost every pass he played. He should have been saved and brought back another time, not with Blues chasing the game.
5

Fans

Attendance: 21,682 – 398 Away Fans

Bolton Wanderers Fans

The smallest away following we have seen at St Andrews all season. They made a fair bit of noise considering the small numbers. The home crowd was also very quiet. It was a drab evening at St Andrews.

5