Bolton secured a just about deserved victory over Wolves, thanks to a goal from Zat Knight and a towering performance from Fabrice Muamba. The England under-21 international has often been the target of criticism, but he did everything that could be required of a defensive midfielder and was always willing to drive forward when the opportunity presented itself.
The match started quietly, with Wolves looking the more capable outfit, but as the first half wore on, Bolton took control and for a while it looked as if profligacy in front of goal was going to be the theme once more, with Johan Elmander taking a 3-2 lead over Kevin Davies on missed chances.
But that reckoned without Lee Chung-Yong. The Korean showed admirable persistence in retrieving an overhit corner and went past a challenge by Adlène Guedioura on the byline before threading a pin-point pass to Knight who finished from six yards.
In the second half, it was Wolves who came closest with David Jones hitting the post from a free kick and Kevin Foley doing the same as he volleyed through a crowd of players with Jussi Jaaskelainen beaten on both occasions.
The win takes Bolton up to 15th position with all other results at the foot of the table going in their favour.
Jussi Jaaskelainen 6
A shaky performance from the Finn who isn’t at his best.
Gretar Steinsson 5
Too often outpaced down the flank.
Paul Robinson 4
Careless in possession and clumsy in the tackle, the angry dwarf twice gave away free kicks in vulnerable areas.
Sam Ricketts 7
Solid and reliable.
Zat Knight 7
A shaky start and he went walk about on the right wing early on, but coped well with the aerial bombardment that came later.
Fabrice Muamba 9
Mopped up everything in front of the defence and his surging runs were always a threat. His reading of the game and passing were significantly better than usual. More of the same please.
Stuart Holden 6
A willing and energetic runner, but not effective enough
Jack Wilshere 5
A couple of pretty passes but he’s a boy playing a man’s game.
Lee Chung-Yong 8
Bolton’s most effective attacking player and the only one who looked comfortable with the ball at his feet. Lacking in support for much of the time.
Johan Elmander 6
No lack of effort but not much came off for the Swede.
Kevin Davies 5
Another disappointing display from the captain.
Ivan Klasnic 6
Lacked the industry of Elmander but he’s clearly a more natural goalscorer.
Matt Taylor 5
Didn’t do much.
Brought on as a time wasting measure.