Bolton 4-0 Gillingham Player Ratings: Vigorous Vela


Phil Parkinson

Here are The Football Lab’s Player Ratings for Bolton Wanderers’ 4-0 win over Gillingham.


Ben Alnwick – only save to make in the first half was Nouble’s shot straight at him. After that, his work was simple and of decreasing importance. 6

Lawrie Wilson – supported Ameobi well but tucked in when Gillingham had the ball. Could have got closer to Nouble on occasion. 6
David Wheater – won everything in the air. Immense performance. 9
Mark Beevers – him and Wheater forced McDonald to drop deeper, meaning Gillingham had no focal point. 8
Andrew Taylor – made some good interceptions in the second half and forced Emmanuel-Thomas to cut into safe areas. 8

Jay Spearing – showed relentless energy. Excellent free-kick for Madine’s second goal. 9
Tom Thorpe – let Dack get the wrong side of him on one occasion but otherwise solid. 6
Josh Vela – used his licence to press further up the pitch to great effect. Closed Cargill down swiftly. 10

Sammy Ameobi – looked tricky in the first half hour and took his late goal well. 7
Gary Madine – bullied Ehmer and worked hard out of possession, up until the dying moments. 9
Zach Clough – added a sprinkling of genius to a hardworking side, heavily involved in the first two goals. Faded in the second half. 7

Chris Taylor (on 68) – didn’t make the biggest impact but the game was already won. 5
James Henry (on 83)
Keshi Anderson (on 88)


Stuart Nelson – made two good saves in the first half. Unlucky to concede four. 6

Scott Wagstaff – defensively suspect in the first half, but his attacking runs helped Gills to a decent period at the start of the second. 5
Max Ehmer – struggled to cope with Madine’s physicality all evening. 1
Baily Cargill – easily pressurized into losing possession. 2
Paul Konchesky – his frailties showed, particularly for the last goal. All he offers the team is a decent cross. 1

Jake Hessenthaler – dictated play well just after the break but lacked the physicality to allow his technical abilities show more often. 5
Josh Wright – struggled to impose himself. As captain he needed to show more battling qualities. 2

Bradley Dack – got into some good areas in the early stages but otherwise didn’t deliver. 3
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas – couldn’t get into the game at all. Offered next to nothing. 1
Cody McDonald – threatened in flashes, with a snapshot and reverse pass to set up Nouble’s effort. Isolated against two dominant centre-backs for most of the game. 4
Franck Nouble – looked bright early on in both halves. First player to test the keeper and one of the few to take any credit. 6

Ryan Jackson (on 60) – wasn’t tested so much by Clough in the closing stages. 5
Rory Donnelly (on 84)
Mark Byrne (on 88)


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