Right-back James Bolton made his return from injury in Portsmouth’s 1-0 EFL Trophy victory over Crawley Town, as reported by the club’s official website.
He had only managed 37 minutes in the campaign before the group stage game, with those coming at the end of a 1-0 loss against his former employers Shrewsbury Town on the opening day, as per SofaScore.
Bolton played the full 90 minutes for Pompey against Crawley, as Brett Pitman’s 70th-minute goal turned out to be enough to win the game.
The 25-year-old was given a rating of 7.2 by SofaScore for his performance, having made 2 tackles, 4 interceptions, 1 clearance and blocked 1 shot.
He also made a contribution with the ball at his feet, completing 75% of his attempted passes, while completing 1 cross and 2 dribbles.
Bolton was given a rating of 7 by The News Portsmouth, who said of his performance: “Got into the game after difficult first half.”
He can be forgiven for taking a while to get into the game, having had fragmented preparation at the beginning of his time at Fratton Park.
However, he did manage to reiterate the fact that he can be a reliable player for Pompey, especially defensively, as pointed out by the aforementioned statistics, considering this his first appearance back from injury the level of performance indicated by the two player ratings is certainly respectable.
It is a boost to have players returning from injury, as it means they can push to get back into the starting line up, which is exactly what Bolton will likely do.
He has had a good reintroduction and should now be aiming to get himself a regular place in Kenny Jackett’s side as quickly as possible.
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