In spite of the ultimately disappointing result, it was a good day out for the Wanderers and quite a few players impressed.
All in all, it was an excellent 90 minutes for the men in white. Everton started the match the better side, but after the first 20 minutes it was the Bolton show, and I feel confident when I say that the Blues were lucky to come out the victors. A good performance means that we here at Lion of Vienna Suite headquarters were absolutely spoilt for choice when looking for a man of the match, which is not something we've been able to say a lot.
An obvious shout is Marvin Sordell, continuing his great run of form and scoring Bolton's only goal. While we look forward to the day that he does (and it is coming) he didn't quite earn MOTM this time around. Another player who is just getting better and better as the season goes on, though in rather different circumstances, is Chung-Yong Lee. The Korean winger had a fantastic game, and it's great to see his confidence come back. Tim Ream also deserves an honourable mention, as he is proving to be a cornerstone in the new and improved Bolton defense.
In the end, we opted to award the accolade to Josh Vela. Not many people outside the Bolton circle will recognise that name, the 19 year old has only made 3 senior appearances. But he has been impressing in the reserves for quite a while now, and if yesterday's match is anything to go by, he's got some impressing to do with the big boys as well. He played at the heart of the midfield, and was at the base of many convincing attacks. The fact that he was subbed off for Stuart Holden in the 81st minute was in no way a reflection of his game. Stu's got some competition.