Bolton Wanderers 2-0 Charlton Athletic

  • December 15, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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David Ngog came off the bench to score twice as Bolton secured a 2-0 victory over Charlton Athletic at the Reebok Stadium.

In a match of few chances, Ngog came on for the ineffective Jacob Butterfield just after the hour mark and produced a performance similar to the one seen against Cardiff City earlier in the season.

The former Liverpool forward opened the scoring with 74 minutes on the clock, before securing the points six minutes later - with almost identical goals. On both occasions, he picked up possession just outside the Charlton box, cut back on to his left foot and fired hard past a helpless Ben Hamer.

It helped Wanderers to claim three points in a game which, for the most part, looked likely to end goalless.

Dougie Freedman made two changes to the Bolton team that drew 2-2 at Huddersfield Town last weekend, with Jacob Butterfield and Tyrone Mears recalled to starting duties - at the expense of Mark Davies and Matt Mills, who both picked up injuries at the John Smith's Stadium.

Wanderers lined-up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Butterfield joining Chris Eagles and Lee Chung-Yong in providing support for Kevin Davies in attack, while Jay Spearing and Keith Andrews sat in front of a back four consisting of Mears, Sam Ricketts, Zat Knight and Stephen Warnock, with Adam Bogdan in goal.

With just three minutes on the clock, it looked like Bolton would have another person to add to their ever-growing injury list, with Warnock clutching his lower back. Thankfully, he managed to shake off the problem and continue.

Dale Stephens was shown a yellow card for a terrible challenge on Butterfield with six minutes gone, and the first chance arrived four minutes later - with Chung-Yong sending a side-footed effort wide of the target after a neat one-two with Eagles.

Bolton were enjoying large spells of possession inside their own half, but lacked the cutting edge to break through a stubborn Charlton defence.

Midway through the half, the visitors suddenly broke out of their defensive game and had strong appeals for a penalty turned down by referee Kevin Wright, who ordered play to continue after Chris Solly went down under a challenge from Andrews inside the Wanderers box.

Shortly afterwards, Charlton looked set to break the deadlock - as Danny Haynes broke clear of the Bolton defence, only to be denied by a superb sliding challenge from Mears, just as he was about to pull the trigger.

Wanderers would reply by bursting straight up the other end, with Hamer doing well to turn a shot from Eagles behind. From the resulting corner, the ball fell kindly to Eagles, who was denied once again by the acrobatics of Hamer.

With just less than 10 minutes of the first half remaining, Lawrie Wilson raced away from Warnock down the right flank and sent a superb cross into the six-yard box, where Haynes could, somehow, only succeed in heading the ball wide of the target.

Soon after, a long clearance from Haynes put Yann Kermorgant clear one-on-one with Knight. The Charlton forward shrugged off a challenge from the Wanderers defender, before bringing Bogdan into a smart save.

The last action of the half saw Butterfield bring Hamer into action with a 25-yard strike, but, in truth, a goalless first half was something that always looked likely.

The second half began in the same way the first ended, with both sides enjoying spells in possession, without having the quality to threaten in the final third.

The first chance of the second period arrived 10 minutes after the restart, but Kermorgant headed way-wide of the target after Knight did well to put pressure on the Addicks forward.

Wanderers made a double change on the hour, with Ngog and Martin Petrov taking the places of the disappointing Butterfield and Chung-Yong, allowing Bolton to switch to a 4-4-1-1 formation - with Ngog playing slightly off Davies.

Despite the changes, there was still very little happening by way of attacking chances. The next chance arrived with little over 20 minutes remaining, with Mears forced to clear after Bogdan had done well to deny Haynes from a tight angle.

There was a huge warning to the Bolton defence three minutes later, with a quick free-kick catching Wanderers off-guard, as Wilson headed wide of the target when he should have scored.

That seemed to spark the hosts into life and they took the lead with 16 minutes remaining, as Ngog picked up possession just outside the Charlton box, before cutting back on to his left foot and poking the ball beyond a stranded Hamer.

A speculative long-range strike from Petrov brought a comfortable save out of Hamer on 80 minutes, but the Charlton goalkeeper was beaten again two minutes later as Bolton secured the points.

In similar fashion to his first goal, Ngog received the ball on the edge of the box. After feigning to shoot, the Frenchman cut back on to his left foot and just managed to beat Hamer, who got a strong hand to his shot.

Eagles and Petrov were both denied by Hamer in the latter stages of the game, but Bolton just about did enough to warrant the victory and register only their third clean sheet of the campaign.

They return to action next Saturday, when they face struggling Peterborough United at London Road. Like Wanderers, Darren Ferguson's side will be looking to secure back-to-back victories, following their 2-1 success at league leaders Cardiff City.

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Mears, Ricketts, Knight, Warnock, Andrews, Spearing, Chung-Yong (Petrov 63), Butterfield (Ngog 63), Eagles, K Davies
Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Alonso, Ream, Afobe, Pratley
Booked: Warnock
Goals: Ngog 74,80

Charlton Athletic: Hamer, Dervite, Morrison, Solly, Wilson, Stephens, Frimpong (Cook 83), Jackson, Seaborne, Kermorgant, Haynes (Wright-Phillips 82)
Subs Not Used: Button, Kerkar, Pritchard, Cort, Hulse
Booked: Stephens, Wilson

Referee: Kevin Wright
Attendance: 15,991

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