The mosaic read Muamba 6 at the Reebok. The large screen played a collage of clips of the player in his Bolton career. The visiting Blackburn fans also got into the act chanting his name. There was even more uplifting news, the midfielder still not quite out of the woods in the cardiac care unit of the London Chest Hospital, managed to convey his best wishes to Bolton from his hospital bed.
As for the match, Bolton went about its business and managed a 2-1 win on the strength of two David Wheater goals from two corners. Wheater has made a living off such set pieces. It was to understate, an emotional victory. Bolton is still precariously poised just above relegation but carrying Muamba in their thoughts could uplift them to safety in their remaining matches.