Report: Bolton Wanderers vs. Wycombe Wanderers

Wanderers were defeated earlier today as promotion chasing Wycombe Wanderers earned a 2-0 win at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Joe Jacobson’s second half penalty secured the points and ended Wycombe’s losing run away from home, last picking up a point on their travels with a draw at Ipswich, in November last year.

It was a bright start for Bolton on a gloomy Saturday afternoon and Daryl Murphy missed a chance within the opening minutes to give Wanderers the lead after receiving the ball from Dennis Politic – making his return to the team after a bout of illness.  

Just beyond the 10-minute mark, Murphy saw a strike from 20 yards out, which went just wide of the goal.

A left-footed shot from Ethan Hamilton caused Ryan Allsop to make a comfortable save with Wanderers going in search of an opening goal.

Jason McCarthy’s cross managed to reach Fred Onyedinma as he headed it towards the target but was saved by a ready Remi Matthews.

Shortly afterwards, another save by Matthews with help from Aristote Nsiala, stopped the home side from going a goal down, as he got in the way of a shot from Fred Onyedinma. 

There was appeals for handball against Bolton inside the box, and it caused uproar from the away crowd as the ball hit Daryl Murphy’s arm inside the box but was waved away by the referee Graham Salisbury.

On the stroke of half time, a header from Josh Emmanuel onto Aristote Nsiala’s arm caused the away side to go ahead, with Matthews unable to get back on his feet on time, after he had managed to initially keep Jason McCarthy’s cross at bay.

Joe Dodoo came on for Josh Emmanuel at the break and shortly into the second half, Jack Hobbs managed to get on the end of a corner crossed in by Ethan Hamilton, but the ball ended in the hands of Allsop much to the away side’s relief.

Chris O’Grady spurned a chance to put the sides back level shortly afterwards and then Wycombe doubled their advantage.

Joe Jacobson grasped the chance to put his team two-up up as he stepped up to the spot to take a penalty given away by Remi Matthews.

Keith Hill made a double change in the 68th minute as Chris O’Grady and Brandon Fleming were replaced by Jacob Mellis and Joe Bunney who came on for his Wanderers debut.

Bolton fought on with a shot from the edge of the box from Dennis Politic, which was deflected behind for another corner for Hill’s side.

Bolton looked hopeful to half the deficit in the latter stages, but a hopeful shot from Daryl Murphy was blocked.

Gareth Ainsworth’s side saw out the victory and headed back south with three points.




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