Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Bolton Wanderers

  • September 22, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton registered their first away win of the season as goals from Marcos Alonso and Mark Davies gave them a 2-1 success at Sheffield Wednesday.

Wanderers had the better of the chances in the first period, but had to wait until the final minute of the half to take the lead, as Alonso rose highest to head a corner past Chris Kirkland in the Wednesday goal.

The hosts pulled level just after the hour, with Ross Barkley converting from the penalty spot after Keith Andrews had brought down Anthony Gardner inside the area.

Bolton were back in front just three minutes later, however, as Mark Davies tricked his way beyond three Owls defenders, before firing an unstoppable strike into the top corner an give Owen Coyle's side the three points.

Coyle made one change to the side that lost at Birmingham City on Tuesday night, with Keith Andrews recalled to the starting line-up at the expense of Lee Chung-Yong, who dropped to the bench.

Wanderers started brightly and thought they should have had a penalty inside the opening three minutes, as Chris Eagles was brought down inside the area by Martin Taylor. The travelling players, supporters and management all appealed, but referee Keith Stroud waved play on.

Eagles played in David Ngog shortly afterwards, who could only shoot straight at Kirkland, before the former Wigan Athletic goalkeeper did well to deny Mark Davies his first goal of the season after he had sneaked in at the near post.

Michail Antonio was causing trouble for the Bolton defence at the other end. First, he forced Adam Bogdan into tipping the ball over the top from distance, before prodding the ball straight at the Wanderers stopper when it looked easier to score.

Bolton survived a major scare with ten minutes of the first half remaining, with Rhys McCabe's free-kick from 30 yards clipping the outside of the post, with Bogdan scrambling to get across his line.

Eagles and Ngog both missed glorious chances to break the deadlock in the latter stages of the half, before the Trotters took the lead in the final minute of normal time through an unfamiliar name.

An Eagles corner from the left picked out an unmarked Alonso inside the Wednesday box and the former Real Madrid defender made no mistake in guiding his header past a helpless Kirkland and into the far corner of the net.

Bolton would take that lead into the break and they almost doubled their advantage within moments of the restart, with Alonso's cross from the left just evading Ngog, who would surely have scored had he made contact with the ball inside the six-yard box.

Wanderers would then take their foot off the gas and they were punished just after the hour as Andrews tripped Gardner inside the box and the referee pointed to the penalty spot.

Barkley, who is on loan from Everton, stepped up to take the resulting spot kick and fired low and hard into the bottom corner of Bogdan's goal, who did go the right way.

That sparked Coyle's side back into life and the 2,500 visiting fans were on their feet just three minutes later as Mark Davies picked up possession 30 yards from goal, tricked his way beyond three Wednesday defenders and fired an unstoppable strike into the top corner of Kirkland's goal.

Andrews came close to catching Kirkland out with a surprise shot in the final 10 minutes, while Barkley and Nejc Pecnik both shot wide for the hosts in the closing stages as Bolton held on to claim their first away win since April.

Bolton occupy 13th position in the Championship following the conclusion of Saturday's fixtures and they host the side directly below them next Saturday, when Crystal Palace visit the Reebok Stadium.

Sheffield Wednesday: Kirkland, Lee, Gardner, Taylor, Jones, Antonio, McCabe (Semedo 46), Pecnik, Barkley, Rodri (Johnson 58), Bothroyd (O'Grady 75)
Subs Not Used: Bywater, Madine, Beevers, Llera
Booked: McCabe, Rodri
Goals: Barkley 62(pen)

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Mears, Mills, Knight, Alonso, Eagles, Andrews (Pratley 90), M Davies, Spearing, Ngog (Afobe 66), K Davies
Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Petrov, Warnock, Ricketts, Chung-Yong
Booked: Alonso, Spearing, Mears, Knight
Goals: Alonso 44, M Davies 65

Referee: Keith Stroud
Attendance: 26,598

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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8 Oxford United 46 76
9 Bolton Wanderers 46 73
10 Portsmouth 46 73
11 Ipswich Town 46 70
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