Very rarely looks totally comfortable, but this was certainly one of his better performances. He dealt relatively well with most that came his way, including a fortuitous save that put a Shane Long effort onto the post.
In terms of his positioning against Tottenham, the American was awful, and he didn’t have a much better game today. He was terrorized by Fortune at times, and failed to clear when he should have, however he did act as an effective sweeper at times, putting in a few big blocks right at the end.
Aerially he was typically strong, but the energetic duo of Fortune and Long were too much to handle on the ground at times. Put in some good blocks, but struggled a lot too. Replaced at halftime by Zat Knight.
Good performance from the young Belgian. Showcased some very competent long range passing, as well as some impressive attacking intent, nutmegging the likes of Ridgewell and Andrews several times.
Very few of West Brom’s attacks came down the right hand side, so Ricketts didn’t have a great deal to contend with, but was often caught out of position when Fortune drifted out wide. Also failed to support the struggling Ream.
Bolton’s creator-in-chief today. Delivered endless amounts of crosses, with two of them coming very close to goals for Kevin Davies. Scored the penalty after one of his crosses wasn’t cleared properly. Good afternoon for the Bulgarian.
Good performance from the right winger. Didn’t really attack Ridgewell directly enough, but supplied his strikers in other ways, playing some nice intricate passes. Had two chances miss by little, but will be happy with his performance.
Another culprit of being extremely poor against Spurs and he too improved. Put his foot into tackles with better effect and was more immersed in the action. His passing was bad though, again.
His passing was pretty terrible against Tottenham during the week, but he was much better against West Brom, although by no means excellent. He was involved in some nice moves, and was always positive, but the game seemed to pass him by when Bolton wasn't in the ascendency.
Bullied the West Brom defence at times, and still won headers despite having two markers. Should have buried an early Petrov cross, but he smashed it over from six yards. Generally his presence was a massive nuisance.
Forced into a number of saves, two of which he looked rather uncomfortable with, but nothing he did wrong was punished. Got very close to Petrov’s penalty, diving the right way, and made a fantastic stop to deny Kevin Davies in the second half.
Endured quite the physical tussle with Kevin Davies, and came off worse on most occasions. A number of times the defender failed to stop Petrov’s crosses, with Davies almost punishing him. Not a particularly convincing afternoon.
The young defender looked decent when attacking from right back, but he didn’t get anywhere near close enough to Petrov, allowing the winger to whip in crosses for fun. Scored Bolton’s second as he put the ball into his own goal, but he couldn’t have done a great deal about it, with Ridgewell cannoning the ball at him from point blank range.
Looked a lot less clumsy and cumbersome than his partner at the heart of the defense, Olsson. Got a few last ditch tackles in, as well as some well timed blocks.
Had considerably less to deal with than the rest of his teammates in defense, with Chris Eagles often opting to pass short, rather than attack the defender and cross. He ultimately looked in control and comfortable, but his poor clearance resulted in Bolton’s second goal as he smacked the ball into Jones.
The last time these two sides met, Mulumbu was immense but, although he wasn’t quite as good today, he still impressed. With his typical all-action style he was everywhere, putting in tackles, making blocks and surging into the penalty area. Played a part in conceding the penalty from which Bolton opened the scoring, but apart from that he was good.
Fairly quiet, but his passing was generally accurate and almost set up Long for an equalizer when he squared the ball along the edge of the penalty area.
Wasn’t as involved as he would’ve liked, but he did join in some delightful passing moves, and picked out one superb pass to Dorrans on the left in the first half. Got the Baggies back into the match with a good finish as he arrived late in the area.
Always offered his teammates someone to pass to and his own passing was very positive, looking forward more often than not, although they did often go astray.
Very lively throughout, and although his finishing wasn’t at its best, he made a big difference, with his persistence playing a huge role in Brunt’s goal, as he didn’t give up on a poor touch.
Had the better of Ream and Wheater while he was on, causing many problems with his pace and energy, but as is usually the case, wasn’t a particularly great finisher. Struggled a little more after the break when he was up against Zat Knight, but offered a good outlet all the same.
The massive defender replaced Wheater at halftime and looked considerably more comfortable in possession.
On for the final 15 minutes after the best part of a year out with an injury. Straight on the right wing, but ended up at right back, supporting Boyata. Lost Morrison for the late equalizer.
Had about 30 minutes to make an impact, but for much of that time West Brom was in control, so couldn’t do much.