Bolton got back to winning ways on Tuesday night with a 3-2 win over Port Vale in the group stages of the EFL Trophy.
Eoin Doyle, Nathan Delfouneso and Oladapo Afolayan scored the goals for the hosts, who were 2-1 down heading into the second half, to help them bounce back from two defeats.
Ian Evatt’s side lost on penalties to Wigan in the League Cup before being beaten 1-0 by Cambridge in League One at the weekend. This means Bolton went into the game against Port Vale in desperate need of a positive result, which they managed to get.
The likes of Doyle, Deflouneso and Afolayan will take the plaudits for finding the back of the net and, ultimately, winning the match for Wanderers with their goals, but a player whose performance may have gone under the radar is Andy Tutte.
Bolton’s defensive midfielder, Tutte, was given the opportunity to showcase his experience and quality after being on the fringes in the opening weeks of the League One campaign. He took his chance with both hands as he put in an impressive display in midfield, one that could give Evatt a selection headache ahead of the clash with Burton Albion next week.
Per SofaScore, Tutte won an excellent 82% of his duels on the pitch. He won 100% (8/8) of his ground duels and one of his three aerial battles, showing how dominant he was against the Port Vale midfield – with Bolton’s beast coming out on top in the vast majority of midfield tussles.
Tutte won five tackles and completed one interception and one clearance to sniff out Port Vale attacks. He was able to provide a screen in front of the defence to win the ball back, which also allowed the attacking players more chances to assault the opposition box.
On the ball, he only gave possession away five times in the entire match. He completed a whopping 94% of his passes and controlled the tempo of the game with 85 touches of the ball, providing two key passes and completing three of his six long pass attempts.
The veteran also completed both of his attempted dribbles, showing that he was able to take the ball past players as well as find teammates with his passes. This highlights his ability on the ball and shows that his quality in possession helped Bolton dictate the match – allowing them to eventually win 3-2.