Bolton Wanderers were defeated by Ipswich Town 2-1 in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon, with a brace coming for Tractor Boys striker Collin Quaner.
Manager Phil Parkinson named an unchanged starting eleven and bench from the side that defeated Queens Park Rangers last time out in the Sky Bet Championship.
This game didn’t start with too many chances, with a Myles Kenlock delivery into the area finding Collin Quaner in the area but defender Mark Beevers was able to avert the threat away from goal.
Wanderers responded with a Pawel Olkowski free kick, as the Pole floated a ball into the Ipswich penalty area that Beevers couldn’t direct towards Bartosz Bialkowski’s net.
Sammy Ameobi nearly had the Whites ahead on 25 minutes, as a Gary O’Neil corner kick was nodded back across goal from Will Buckley, into the path of the Nigerian.
As he got the ball out of his feet, the tricky winger tried a back heel that looked to be goal bound until a Tractor Boys defender blocked his effort on goal.
However, with 34 minutes on the clock, Ipswich went ahead.
Skipper Luke Chambers produced a pinpoint delivery onto the head of Collin Quaner, with the German nodding home from seven yards.
It nearly became a two goal deficit from the restart, as an Andre Dozzell cross-field ball to Alan Judge allowed the Irishman to hit a snapshot from just inside the box, stinging the gloves of Remi Matthews.
Chances were at a premium for Wanderers, with Ameobi coming close with a half volley that was blocked by on onrushing Ipswich defender.
With a minute to go until the break, Ipswich doubled their lead.
Collin Quaner was allowed to turn on the edge of the area and get away a shot that deflected off the post and into the back of the net for his second goal of the afternoon.
Wanderers started the second half brighter, with Will Buckley latching onto a Pawel Olkwoski cross with a volley, but his driven shot into the floor didn’t hit the target.
Ameobi came close soon after, with a deflected driven strike at Bialkowski’s goal not troubling the towering goalkeeper.
Luca Connell provided a corner ball into the danger zone that Mark Beevers headed down into the six yard area, with Sammy Ameobi just out of reach of tapping the ball into the goal.
David Wheater made a gut busting run through the centre of the pitch to get on the end of an Ameobi through ball which went out for a corner.
The eventual set play was sent to the back post and cleared out only as far as second half substitute Erhun Oztumer.
The playmaking midfielder unleashed a brutal volley that had Bialkowski struggling to save the original effort, before claiming at the second chance.
Wanderers did find a goal in injury time, after a cross into the area deflected in off an Ipswich Town defender and petered just over the line.
Heading into the final two minutes of added time and Wanderers tried to get back into the clash against Paul Lambert’s men, but it wasn’t to be as the final whistle went.
Wanderers XI: Matthews, Taylor (Oztumer 64), Beevers, Ameobi, Buckley (Noone 77), Olkowski, Connolly, O’Neil (Connell 41), J. Williams, Magennis, Wheater (C).
Unused subsitutes: Alnwick, Little, Donaldson, Wilson.