Matt Gilks - 5.5 Gilks’ distribution was far better than previous performances which really helped Bolton dominate possession, particularly in the first half where Bolton had 75% possession. A well placed kick helped to kick start the move for the second goal showing the importance of good distribution. Gilks was otherwise mainly untroubled and was probably heading for a 7 when he was caught in no man’s land on the edge of the box.
Twin towers Ricardo Santos and Alex Baptiste chalked up another clean sheet, with just the one blot on their copybook as a straight ball over the top to Abo Eisa almost undid all their good work, only to be rescued by a combination of Matt Gilks rushing from his line, Peter van Veen’s less than convincing hit and Baptiste’s superb clearance off the line.
We have profiled three players who have played for both Bolton Wanderers and Southend United. Michael Ricketts Born in Birmingham, Ricketts came through the youth ranks with nearby Walsall and scored 15 times in 90 appearances before a £400,000 move to Bolton Wanderers in July 2000. He enjoyed a great deal of success during his time with Wanderers and even earned a call-up into the England team.
|Promotion (League Winners): Cambridge United|
|Promotion (League Position): Forest Green Rovers, Cheltenham Town|
|Promotion (Play Off): Morecambe, Tranmere Rovers, Newport County, Exeter City|
|Relegation (League Position): Barrow, Grimsby Town|