Bolton Wanderers 2-0 Derby County

  • August 21, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton recorded their first points of the Championship season as goals from Kevin Davies and Chris Eagles gave them a 2-0 win over Derby County.

For large parts of the night, the match looked destined for a goalless draw. That all changed, however, as Wanderers' constant pressure paid off when Kevin Davies volleyed past Frank Fielding with 13 minutes to go.

The Rams pressed forward for an equaliser, but they were hit on the break as the game entered stoppage time and Chris Eagles fired home from just inside the box to seal the points for Owen Coyle's side.

Coyle made two changes to the side that lost at Burnley on Saturday, with Eagles and Matt Mills taking the places of Martin Petrov and Tim Ream, who both had to settle for places on the bench.

Derby were the first side to register a shot on target and it almost provided them with the lead inside five minutes, but Adam Bogdan did well to deny Rams debutant Conor Sammon from close range.

Wanderers did hit back, with Eagles having a sight of goal on three separate occasions. His first two attempts failed to test Frank Fielding in the Derby goal, but the third had Fielding worried, with the ball flying into the side netting.

Eagles was involved again soon after, clipping the ball into the box for Marvin Sordell, but the Olympian could only succeed in heading the ball over the crossbar when it looked easier to score.

Mark Davies took a tumble inside the area in the final ten minutes of the half, but referee Craig Pawson waved play-on, although television replays clearly showed the Wanderers midfielder was brought down by a challenge from Craig Byson.

Despite being on the back foot, the visitors came within inches of taking a lead into the half time break. John Brayford whipped the ball across the face of the Wanderers goal, but Jamie Ward couldn't react quickly enough to poke the ball past Bogdan.

Nigel Clough's side came bursting out of the blocks at the start of the second period and had it not been for a last ditch challenge from Mark Davies, Nathan Tyson would surely have given Derby the lead.

The Rams did have the ball in the net ten minutes later as Andy Keogh smashed the ball past Bogdan, but the referee had already blown his whistle for after spotting a shove from the corner Wanderers were defending at the time.

Sordell shot inches wide of the target moments later, before Fielding did well to prevent a deflected strike from Eagles flying into his net.

Wanderers made a change on the hour mark, with Benik Afobe coming on for Sordell in a like-for-like swap.

Afobe, who is on loan at the Reebok Stadium from Arsenal, almost had an instant impact. He latched on to a smart ball from Kevin Davies and looked destined to score, only to be thwarted by a superb reflex stop from Fielding.

Bolton kept getting closer and closer as the game entered the final 20 minutes, with Mills coming the closest when he headed over the top from three yards following an Eagles corner.

Wanderers' perseverance finally paid off with 13 minutes to go as Kevin Davies opened his account for the season.

Another corner from Eagles caused havoc in the Derby defence and after Davies had seen a header well blocked by Fielding, he followed to to volley the rebound into the roof of the net and send the Reebok Stadium into raptures of delight.

Bolton looked set to take the points from that moment on, but the visitors almost snatched an unlikely point as Bogdan let a shot from Mason Bennett squirm under his body, only to turn around and watch the ball come back off the post.

To compound Derby's miserable luck infront of goal, Wanderers broke straight up the other end of the field and sealed the points. Eagles tricked his way beyond two defenders and with only Fielding left to beat, slammed the ball into the bottom corner.

The victory is Bolton's first in six league outings, while the clean sheet is their first in the league since they held Arsenal to a goalless draw in early February.

Wanderers return to action on Friday evening when they host Nottingham Forest at the Reebok, knowing victory could well take them to the top of the Championship table, less than a week after they were routed in the bottom three.

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Mears, Knight, Mills, Ricketts, Chung-Yong, M Davies, Andrews, Eagles, Sordell (Afobe 60), K Davies
Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Alonso, Ream, Petrov, Wylde, Pratley
Booked: Mills, M Davies, Knight
Goals: K Davies 77, Eagles 90

Derby County: Fielding, Brayford, Keogh, O'Connor, Roberts, Coutts, Bryson, Hendrick, Ward, Sammon (Hughes 69), Tyson (Bennett 84)
Subs Not Used: Legzdins, Buxton, Jacobs, Doyle, Gjokaj

Referee: Craig Pawson
Attendance: 17,050

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
11 Ipswich Town 20 27
12 Cheltenham Town 19 27
13 Bolton Wanderers 20 26
14 Accrington Stanley 19 24
15 Charlton Athletic 20 23
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