Jay Spearing impressed with new signings

Stand-in skipper praises Sammy Ameobi, Keshi Anderson and James Henry following their Wanderers debuts

Jay Spearing has been impressed by the impact made by Wanderers’ five deadline day signings following their moves to Macron Stadium last week.

Keshi Anderson marked his maiden Whites appearance with a goal against Southend United, with James Henry and Sammy Ameobi also registering their first Bolton appearances on Saturday.

And with Ben Alnwick and Tom Thorpe fellow new arrivals at the club, Spearing has been impressed by what he has seen from the quintet so far when sharing his belief in Phil Parkinson’s squad.

“We’ve got a very positive team and they’ve made some great signings on deadline day,” the midfielder told bwfc.co.uk. “It’s going to help the squad push on for the rest of the season.

“Keshi’s come in and hit the ground running. So has James and even Sammy when he came on [against Southend].

“They’re proven, quality players and are going to put a lot of pressure on the lads who are playing to get game-time. 

“They all played well when they came on and it’s a very strong bench too. It can only help the rest of us to push on up this league.” 

Assessing the Trotters’ draw with Southend United, Spearing shared his disappointment at not coming away with the win before turning his attention to next week’s clash with MK Dons.

“There’s a lot of frustration,” the Wanderers stand-in captain said. “After they scored, we controlled the game throughout. 

“We played some really good stuff and are devastated not to walk away with the three points.

“We’re not happy with the goal we conceded. It was very sloppy but we didn’t let it knock us. We came straight back at them after conceding and they defended for the rest of the game. 

“We put them under a lot of pressure and created a lot of chances. We’ve had over 20 attempts at goal – I can’t believe we haven’t got the three points. 

Spearing continued: “It’s one of those things. We’ve come away with a point, we’re still top of the league and we’re going to push on from here and be ready for MK Dons.

“We’re going to take a lot of positives from the game. We’re going to keep working hard and take them into next week’s game.

“They’ve come down with us and it’s going to be a tough, but if we play anything like we did against Southend then we’re going to walk always with all three points.”

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