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6 aerial duels won: This Bolton Wanderers ace is crucial to their survival hopes



Bolton Wanderers secured a crucial away point to move further away from the relegation zone with a 1-1 draw at Reading last night.

Whilst Phil Parkinson’s men will still be looking nervously over their shoulders, they know that where relegation once looked a certainty it now looks unlikely.

It will be a remarkable achievement if the Trotters stay up, particularly as they had to contend with the loss of key man and top scorer Gary Madine, who joined Cardiff for £6m on deadline day.

With no replacement incoming, many felt Bolton would struggle for goals and they have in truth, scoring just five goals in eight games since he left.

Therefore, other players have needed to step up and last night it was Adam Le Fondre who came back to haunt his former club at the Madejski Stadium.

The striker scored the equaliser for Bolton which got them the point with what was his third of the season.

However, as our graph shows, the 31-year old had an effective game even without his goal.

Surprisingly, he won six aerial duels which is a key for Bolton given they often play with a direct style and go long to relieve pressure.

As well as that, he had a pass success rate of 75% which shows how he kept the ball for the visitors when they needed him too.

Perhaps most importantly though, Le Fondre had six shots which demonstrates how he was a real goal threat for Bolton, even if he only managed to score one.

It was an impressive, hardworking performance and the striker was key to that. The challenge now, is to maintain these high standards for the remainder of the season.

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