Feel free to move elsewhere. I actually thought we were very poor today, and we could certainly have had no complaints had we lost. Yet somehow, the nature of our late equaliser made it feel like more than a draw. The reality is a point away at Bolton is not such a terrible result, and in the context of the performance, it certainly gets chalked up as a point gained. We actually started very brightly, for the first time in a while, and it can only have been two minutes on the clock when Dicko gave us the lead. Collecting a lofted pass, he raced into the area before firing low into the near post. It was a very well taken goal. After that though, we seemed to stop playing. There was no zip, no zest, no tempo to our play. McDonald saw a lot of possession but didn't do an awful lot with it, and the service to the front players was scarce. Defensively too, for the first time in a while we let ourselves down. Twice we were done on the counter, and twice Bolton scored. The first goal was a well struck free kick, after an unnecessary foul from Batth on the edge of the box. Two minutes later it was 2-1, Van La Parra failing to get back quick enough, allowing a simple ball inside to Clough, who had ample space to clip a shot into the bottom corner. Both goals were avoidable to be quite honest, the fact we were so open to the counter was worrying given how well we'd been able to shut teams off in recent weeks. That said, I don't recall Ikeme having anything else to do first half, Le Fondre whizzed one wide from a good position, but that apart he was untested. At the other end we didn't offer enough of a threat. There was very little creativity. The ball did on occasions find it's way in and around the Bolton area, but no one was prepared to shoot, or try something different, so inevitably the ball went backwards. As with last week, I think we badly missed that spark that Sako gives us, we look a very easy side to contain without him. Second half, well, for me it was a bit of a non-event. Ikeme made one excellent save to flick Le Fondre's low drive away from the bottom corner, but again, that aside, had very little to do. In our case, it was more of the same really, plenty of possession, but little end product. We had a few more runners at times, Afobe, Dicko and VLP all had opportunities to get past the defence, but the final touch or final pass just wasn't quite there. You got the feeling it wasn't going to be our day, especially when a series of set pieces near the end were wasted. But then, seemingly out of nothing, the equaliser came. The ball innocuously fell to Henry, about 30 yards from goal. He came to us with a reputation for scoring the odd screamer, and we haven't seen it too often. Today we did. My word, what a goal! I don't think he could have got it further into the top corner if he'd have picked the ball up, walked into the box and thrown it in there. It was a moment of pure ecstasy in the away end, to compensate for a pretty poor performance. As I say, I don't think we were at the races today, but Bolton weren't exactly the dominant force, a draw is a fair result in the sense that nobody deserved to win. I thought, as with last week, what underpinned our lack of dominance was the fact that the midfield was far TOO DEEP. It was like playing with six at the back at times, both McDonald and Price were guilty. It affects the way we play badly, as not only do we invite pressure, but it means our attacks are starting 20-25 yards further back. We have the players to rip teams apart on the break, but we won't do that if our counters are starting on the edge of our own box. The whole team could do with pushing out a bit, would really add a new dimension to our attacks I feel. Not sure what to make of the referee, it was a physical but not a dirty game, yet towards the end he seemed to be very 'selective' of what he deemed to be a foul or not. And also, although better qualified people than me will tell you he was correct, allowing Bolton to kick off while we were still getting into position after the goal wasn't particularly within the spirit of the game. Ratings: Ikeme- 7. Had to pick the ball out of his net twice, yet apart from one fine low save, was virtually untroubled all game. Good to see him looking for the quick release second half too. Iorfa- 7. Another very solid outing, did very little wrong. Won one or two challenges by getting those telescopic legs around the ball. Was left exposed by VLP for the second goal, but also got forward when he could. Batth- 6. Enjoyed the aerial side of things, won most things he went for, but blotted his copybook with a silly foul, from which Bolton equalised. Stearman- 8- MotM. Another excellent performance. Made two vital interceptions towards the end of the game to prevent Le Fondre from breaking clean through, won numerous headers and generally kept Bolton pretty quiet. Was booked, although it was a shocking pass from McDonald that played him into trouble. Golbourne- 6. A steadying, calming influence, and kept the lively Feeney pretty quiet. Offensively, I feel he suffered from the lack of natural width in front of him. He dovetails with Sako perfectly at times, and having Edwards/Afobe drifting in left him with too much ground to cover. Price- 5. Big fan of Price, but I think he dropped a little bit today. He didn't have an awful lot of the ball, and struggled to really get into the tempo of the game. The nature of the game meant we were looking for something a bit more expansive than what he offers. Unlucky to be booked. McDonald- 6. Bit of a mixed bag again, for the the first 15 minutes I thought we'd got the old McDonald back, he was striding forward, brushing off tackles, trying those threaded balls into the front players. Then he got deeper, and deeper, and deeper, until like I say, he seemed to be an extra centre half at times. His influence waned as a result. Van La Parra- 5. Saw plenty of the ball again, but had little end product. If he looked up a bit more often, he'd be a fantastic player, because his touch, pace and skill are at times exceptional, but he ends up holding onto the ball for far too long at times, and it seems to me there are occasions where he just doesn't see the attack opening up in front of him. Edwards- 5. Hardly in the game at all, don't remember him having a sniff of goal, which is unusual, and just generally seemed to fall into the old habit he had of being neither a midfielder nor an attacker, just generally hovering in between hoping for a touch. Afobe- 7. I actually thought he did well today. Seen a few people on twitter suggesting he didn't, but when you consider he was starved of service and shunted out wide, I can remember a few occasions when he really sparked into life, there were a couple of mazy dribbles in particular where I think we saw the player Kenny wants him to be- strength, skill and pace. Dicko- 6. Took his goal well, but generally had a quiet afternoon. Quite often the ball was played up to him more in hope than anything, and so he was reactive rather than proactive, in the sense that he was having to wait to see the service he would get, whereas when at his best, he knows the pass that's coming and can start dragging defenders with him. Subs: Henry -7. Actually did very little of note until the goal. Offered us some width, but lost the ball cheaply on a couple of occasions. Deserves an extra mark though for what will surely be goal of the season? Evans- 6. Came on to add a bit more ambition to the midfield, and although his intentions were good, not a lot came off, a couple of crossfield passes in particular weren't up to scratch. Got stuck into the midfield battle though, and picked up a booking. Doherty- 6. Came on for Iorfa, presumably to add a bit more to the attack, but the nature of the game meant he wasn't given time or space to utilise his abilities going forward.