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Season review: November

2 June 2017

Relive the month of November as Wanderers entered the Emirates FA Cup early on in November, while Bolton also picked up three consecutive victories against Millwall, Coventry City and Northampton Town towards the end of the month.

The Whites finished the month second in Sky Bet League One after winning their last three league outings of November without conceding a goal.

Opening the month with an Emirates FA Cup first round 1-0 victory over Grimsby Town, Liam Trotter with the goal, before a 1-0 defeat to Cheltenham Town saw them exit the Checkatrade Trophy.

After losing away at Peterborough United, Phil Parkinson's men bounced back courtesy of successive home victories over Millwall (2-0) and Coventry City (1-0) before finishing the month with a 1-0 win away at Northampton Town.

Having won the award for October, Zach Clough carried on where he left off as he took his tally for the season to seven courtesy of back-to-back winners over the Sky Blues and Cobblers, having featured in every game for Bolton during the month.

Lawrie Wilson was an ever-present for Bolton, while Sammy Ameobi and James Henry also featured in every outing.

Elsewhere, Ben Alnwick shone in goal after replacing the injured Mark Howard midway through the month. Keeping three clean sheets in a row, his performances saw him named PFA Fans' Sky Bet League One Player of the Month.

Josh Vela scored a contender for Wanderers' goal of the season so far with a stunning effort against Millwall, while Tom Thorpe also managed to open his account for the Club in the same game.

Meanwhile, Mark Beevers, Andrew Taylor, Jay Spearing, and Derik Osede continued to impress when available as the Whites maintained their status as boasting the best defence in the division throughout the month.

PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Josh Vela

Impressing in a new advanced position behind the striker, the 22-year-old's hardworking performances caught the eye during the month of November as the Whites continued to challenge at the top end of the Sky Bet League One table.

 
The highlight of Vela's month came against Millwall as he scored an outstanding 25-yard volley to help Bolton run out 2-0 winners.
 

MEMORABLE MATCH: Bolton 2-0 Millwall

Following a slow start to proceedings, the Whites opened the scoring in style as Josh Vela’s volley from the edge of the area nestled into the back of the Lions’ net.

 
Bolton’s advantage was then doubled 12 minutes into the second half, with Tom Thorpe notching his first for the club with a powerful header from a corner kick to make sure of the win.
 

NOVEMBER RESULTS:

Grimsby Town (H) W 1-0

Cheltenham Town (A) L 1-0

Peterborough United (A) L 1-0

Millwall (H) W 2-0

Coventry City (H) W 1-0

Northampton Town (A) W 0-1

NOVEMBER APPEARANCES:

Lawrie Wilson 6

Sammy Ameobi 6

Zach Clough 6

James Henry 6

Mark Beevers 5

Andrew Taylor 5

Josh Vela 5

Ben Alnwick 5

Chris Taylor 5

Jamie Proctor 5

Gary Madine 4

Liam Trotter 4

Tom Thorpe 4

Jay Spearing 3

David Wheater 3

Derik Osede 3

Mark Howard 2

Keshi Anderson 2

Dean Moxey 2

Lewis Buxton 1

Alex Perry 1

Max Clayton 1

NOVEMBER GOALSCORERERS:

Zach Clough 2

Tom Thorpe 1

Liam Trotter 1

Josh Vela 1


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