Bury 0-2 Bolton Wanderers

  • July 27, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Goals in each half from Ivan Klasnic and Gary Cahill gave Bolton a comfortable 2-0 victory over local rivals Bury at Gigg Lane.

Klasnic gave Wanderers the lead on the stroke of half time, before Cahill completed the win just after the hour mark by heading home a corner from Martin Petrov.

Nigel Reo-Coker made his Bolton debut as a half-time substitute for Mark Davies, while Chris Eagles and Tyrone Mears also came on at the beginning of the second period after being granted permission to play by their current club, Burnley, ahead of proposed moves across the North West.

Bolton started brightly and had the first chance of the game with five minutes on the clock, only for Mark Davies to send a weak effort wide of the post after a weaving run through the heart of the Bury defence.

Bury soon had a chance of their own though, with a long punt upfield from Mark Cullen sailing narrowly wide of Jussi Jaaskelainen's goal after a mix-up between the goalkeeper and Zat Knight.

Back up the other end, Kevin Davies glanced a header into the hands of Bury goalkeeper Cameron Belford, before Klasnic saw a free-kick fly just over the bar.

A smart free-kick involving Klasnic and Mark Davies almost allowed Gretar Steinsson a free strike on goal, with the Bury defence putting the ball behind.

From the resulting corner, Klasnic met Lee Chung-Yong's delivery and smashed the ball beyond Belford from close range to open the scoring right on the stroke of half-time.

Bolton made five changes at the break, but the first opportunity of the second half fell to the hosts as Steven Schumacher played in Michael Jones, who saw a powerful shot fly just wide of Jaaskelainen's post.

Wanderers responded well, with Petrov picking out the run of Eagles, only for the trialist to send a superb half-volley just wide of the target with Belford beaten in the Bury goal.

Eagles then sent Reo-Coker clear on goal, only to be denied by an onrushing Belford, moments before Petrov sent a volley over the crossbar from the edge of the area.

Bolton continued to dominate possession and their efforts were rewarded with a second goal just after the hour as Cahill lost his marker from a corner and sent a bullet header into the back of the net.

Andy Haworth sent a shot straight into the hands of Jaaskelainen, before Danny Hudson was denied by the Finn following a poor back pass from Paul Robinson.

Wanderers ran the clock down on a warm evening at Gigg Lane as they secured their fourth successive victory of pre-season. Next up for Coyle's troops is the trip to Newport County on Saturday afternoon.

Bury: Belford, Picken, Skarz (Rothwell 79), Worrall (Haworth 46), Schumacher (McLaughlin 79), Cullen (John-Lewis 71), Bishop (Lowe 46), Jones (McCarthey 74), Sodje (Jones 30), Hughes, Harrop (Hudson 85)
Subs Not Used: Branagan, Futcher

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson (Mears 46), Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Chung-Yong (Blake 76), Muamba (Pratley 46), M Davies (Reo-Coker 46), Gardner (Petrov 46), K Davies (Eagles 46), Klasnic (Alonso 80)
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Wheater
Goals: Klasnic 43, Cahill 61

Attendance: 2,997

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