Portsmouth 3-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • August 04, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's pre-season struggles continue as they crashed to a surprise 3-0 defeat to Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

Wanderers started the game brightly but found themselves two goals down inside 14 minutes as Kieran Djilali and Liam Lawrence both found the back of Adam Bogdan's net.

Ashley Harris added for Pompey ten minutes after the break and they saw out the rest of the game without coming under any real threat from a disappointing Wanderers team.

Trotters boss Owen Coyle opted to recall Tyrone Mears, Sam Ricketts and Martin Petrov to the starting line-up, while Lee Chung-Yong was also back after missing the win at Morecambe with a minor injury in midweek.

It was the visitors who created the first chance of the game and it came courtesy of David Ngog. The former Liverpool forward capitalised on a poor ball and looked destined to score, but for the smart reactions of Pompey goalkeeper Brian Morris.

Immediately following that strike, Portsmouth broke straight up the other end of the field and broke the deadlock with just seven minutes on the clock.

Izale McLeod raced away from Tyrone Mears down the right flank and he cut the ball back to Djilali, who made no mistake in firing past Bogdan from just inside the box.

Zat Knight was unfortunate not to score at Morecambe on Wednesday night and he came close again, this time seeing his shot blocked on the line after Chris Eagles had swung a free-kick into dangerous territory.

Former Wanderers defender Tal Ben Haim was in the thick of the action on 14 minutes as he was brought down by Mark Davies 25-yards from goal. From the resulting free-kick, Lawrence stepped up to curl the ball over the Bolton wall and beyond Bogdan to give the hosts a two-goal cushion.

They almost added a third shortly afterwards, but Matt Mills was in the right place to clear a strike from Brian Howard off the line. Lawrence then tried his luck from distance, but his shot flew inches over the top of Bogdan's crossbar.

Kevin Davies came on in the place of Ngog on 25 minutes, with the latter clearly struggling with a recurrence of the back injury that has kept him out of much of the pre-season schedule to date.

Davies' introduction almost paid instant dividends, with the Wanderers captain heading the ball just over the bar after good build-up play from Eagles.

That was about as good as things were to get for Bolton in the first half and Coyle responded by throwing Tim Ream, Darren Pratley and Benik Afobe into the mix at the start of the second period, with Knight, Chung-Yong and Mark Davies all making way.

Afobe, who joined Wanderers on loan from Arsenal on Friday, almost scored with his first chance of the game. He raced on to a flick from Kevin Davies, but he failed to beat Simon Eastwood in the Pompey goal, who had also come on as a half time substitute.

Any hope Bolton had of finding a way back into the game disappeared 10 minutes after the restart, albeit in controversial circumstances.

Pratley appeared to have been fouled just inside the Portsmouth half, but referee Keith Stroud allowed play to continue. Lawrence then curled a delightful cross to Harris, who headed past Bogdan and in off the far post to give the hosts a 3-0 lead.

The third goal killed the game as a contest, with neither side really threatening to test either goalkeeper from that point on.

Marcos Alonso replaced Sam Ricketts in the closing stages and he volleyed the ball over the top of the Portsmouth crossbar late on, as Wanderers slumped to a heavy defeat on the south coast.

Coyle's side must pick themselves up and attempt to get back to winning ways when they face Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park on Tuesday night.

Portsmouth: Morris (Eastwood 46), Harley, Ben Haim, J Thompson (Sallaj 77), Walker (D Thompson 78), Dumbuya (Webster 73), Lawrence (Compton 73), Djilali (Harris 46), Rodgers (Clifford 46), Howard, McLeod
Subs Not Used: Butler, Magri, Wallace
Goals: Djilali 7, Lawrence 14, Harris 55

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Mears (O'Halloran 86), Mills, Knight (Ream 46), Ricketts (Alonso 77), Chung-Yong (Pratley 46), Andrews, M Davies (Afobe 46), Petrov (Wylde 73), Eagles (Riley 57), Ngog (K Davies 25)
Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Vela

Attendance: 4,193

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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2 Exeter City 2 4
3 Bolton Wanderers 2 4
4 Sheffield Wednesday 2 4
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