Report: Wanderers 2-0 Wolves

Report: Wanderers 2-0 Wolves

Bolton Wanderers made it seven home league wins on the spin with a convincing 2-0 win against Wolves.

The Whites hit the visitors early with David Ngog and Marcos Alonso both scoring from close range inside the opening ten minutes. 

Dougie Freedman’s men have now kept five clean sheets in a row at home and have only conceded three goals in the npower Championship in 2013 at the Reebok Stadium.

Bolton made three changes from Tuesday’s win against Huddersfield Town for clash against Dean Saunders’ Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Adam Bogdan returned to the starting line-up for the first time since Wanderers’ 3-2 win at Barnsley last month with Andy Lonergan named on the bench.

Sierra Leone international Medo Kamara stepped in for Darren Pratley while the final switch saw Sam Ricketts replace on loan defender Danny Butterfield at right back.

Midlands outfit Wolves, without the services of striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake after suffering a broken leg at Birmingham City, were looking for their fourth straight win in the npower Championship.

As they have done on a regular basis in recent weeks, Bolton started life in the fast lane at the Reebok Stadium and went ahead inside the opening three minutes.

Taking his first corner of the game, Jay Spearing whipped an inviting cross into the penalty box for an unmarked Craig Dawson to test Dorus De Vries with a low header.

Pulling off a fantastic save to deny the West Brom loan star, number nine Ngog was on hand to rifle the rebound into the roof of the net for his seventh goal of the campaign.

Wanderers maintained their dynamic start and didn’t allow Wolves to settle into the game. Two minutes after Ngog’s opener, strike partner Marvin Sordell evaded the challenge of Jack Robinson to cut inside from the left wing but Roger Johnson flung his body in the way to prevent Wolves falling further behind.

 Soon enough, Bolton had their second of the afternoon in the tenth minute leaving inform Wolves left with a mountain to climb in the North West.

January signing Kamara, returning to Freedman’s starting line-up, hit a low drive from 25-yards, which took a heavy deflection off a gold shirt on its way through, falling kindly to the feet of Spaniard Alonso.

With the goalkeeper off balance, Alonso calmly side footed home to grab his second in five games and edge Bolton closer to a seventh straight home win.

Two minutes later, Wolves nearly clawed a goal back when Kevin Doyle’s looping header grazed Bogdan’s bar after a right wing cross from Matt Doherty.

Doyle’s chance proved to be Wolves’ only effort on goal inside the opening 45, with Bolton maintaining pressure and keeping the visitors pegged back in their own half.

Looking for a third, Bolton continued to create goal scoring opportunities with Sordell, Chung Yong Lee and Chris Eagles all coming close, only to be denied by the heroics of Wolves custodian De Vries.

The half time whistle followed with the Bolton faithful showing their appreciation for the players’ efforts with a standing ovation as they headed down the tunnel.

Bolton began the second half comfortably as Wolves looked for a way back into the contest with Tongo Doumbia coming on in place of young striker Jake Cassidy.

Frenchman David Ngog, looking to add to his tally, went racing through on goal after being played in by Sordell but the Wolves defence got back in time to shrug the attacker off the ball.

In the 63rd minute, Hungarian international Bogdan was made to work for the first time, tipping over Kevin Doyle’s bulleting header, keeping Wanderers on track for their fifth consecutive clean sheet at home.
Bolton Wanderers made it seven home league wins on the spin with a convincing 2-0 win against Wolves. 

The Whites boss made his first change of the game midway through the half, Craig Davies replacing Sordell after another tireless shift from the England U21 international.

With just over ten minutes remaining, Ngog and winger Eagles linked up well inside their own half with the latter racing down the left flank leaving substitute Karl Henry in his tracks.

Picking out the run of Davies, Eagles delivered a deep cross to the back post but De Vries was quick off his line to deny Bolton’s number 28 before he could get his shot away.

Freedman made his second change six minutes before the end, goal scorer Ngog withdrawn for experienced full back Butterfield.

Fans favourite Kamara, looking for his second goal in seven days, hit an ambitious 25-yard strike two minutes from time which whistled past the far post.

Bolton happily saw the remainder of the game out to seal all three points and maintain their 14 year unbeaten record at home to Wolves. 

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