Bolton Wanderers 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • April 06, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton recorded their seventh successive home win to move to within two points of the play-offs, with a 2-0 success over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Dougie Freedman's side went ahead with less than three minutes played, as David Ngog fired the ball into the roof of the Wolves net after Dorus de Vries had done well to save Craig Dawson's initial header.

Wanderers doubled their lead just seven minutes later. Medo Kamara's deflected shot fell kindly for Marcos Alonso, who swept the ball into the bottom corner with his weaker right foot.

Bolton remain 8th in the Championship but, after Brighton & Hove Albion and Leicester City played out a 1-1 draw at the AMEX Stadium, Wanderers sit just two points outside the top-six.

The hosts made three changes to the side that beat Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night - with Adam Bogdan, Sam Ricketts and Medo Kamara taking the places of Andy Lonergan, Danny Butterfield and Darren Pratley, who were all named on the bench.

Wanderers burst out of the starting blocks and found themselves in front with less than three minutes on the clock. A Jay Spearing corner was headed towards goal by Dawson, who was denied by a superb diving save from de Vries. Ngog was the quickest to react and he smashed the ball into the roof of the net, for his seventh goal of the season.

Bolton doubled their lead with just 10 minutes played, as Wolves failed to deal with another set-piece. Wanderers worked a short-corner, which resulted in Kamara taking aim at goal. The Sierra Leone international's shot deflected kindly into the path of Alonso, who found the bottom corner to give the hosts a comfortable two-goal cushion.

Stunned by the early setback, Wolves needed a quick response and came close to pulling a goal back just 60 seconds later as Kevin Doyle's flick header clipped the top of Bogdan's crossbar.

The visitors were poor at the back and were fortunate not to concede a third on the quarter-hour as de Vries pulled off a superb save to deny Lee Chung-Yong, who had cut in from the left-flank.

de Vries was required again at the midway point of the half. This time to deny Marvin Sordell, who looked certain to score from close range.

Chris Eagles was the next Wanderers player to try his luck. Wolves failed to deal with a routine ball forward and Eagles poked the ball over and beyond de Vries, only to see it whistle inches wide of the far post.

A half chance for Alonso saw him shoot wide on the half-hour, while Karl Henry shot into the stands at the other end. There was to be no further goalmouth action in the opening 45 minutes, as Bolton took their two-goal lead into the break.

Wolves boss Dean Saunders would have had harsh words for his players in the dressing room, with the prospect of a second successive relegation a distinct possibility. Having lost David Davis to a 25th minute injury, the visitors made a second change at the start of the second half - with Tongo Doumbia replacing Jake Cassidy.

Wanderers weren't quite as dominant in the second period but they were still comfortable in their lead. A half chance for Ngog resulted in nothing shortly after the restart, while bookings for Sordell and Doumbia were the only talking points before the hour.

As the game approached the midway point of the second half, Wolves came close to pulling a goal back through Doyle. The Republic of Ireland international directed a powerful header towards goal, only to see Bogdan superbly tip the ball over the bar and behind for a corner.

Bolton's first serious chance of the half arrived with 13 minutes remaining. Eagles floated a ball to the far post, where substitute Craig Davies almost scored against his former club. The Wales international beat de Vries to the ball, but the Wolves goalkeeper made a good block to deny him.

Sam Ricketts then came close as his right-wing cross deflected towards goal. Wolves were left to count their blessings, however, as the ball came back off the crossbar before being cleared to safety.

A rare lapse in concentration from Dawson almost allowed the visitors back into it with 10 minutes remaning, but Bogdan did well to race out of his goal and deny the oncoming Adam Hammill.

Ngog and Kamara both came close in the latter stages but there would be no further goals, as Wanderers played time out and sealed a seventh successive home league win for the first time since March 1995 - and first at the Reebok Stadium.

The win sees Bolton move five points clear of ninth-placed Middlesbrough and just two shy of Brighton & Hove Albion, who currently occupy the final play-off position. Wanderers return to action next Saturday, when they face bottom club Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Ricketts, Knight, Dawson, Alonso, Chung-Yong, Kamara, Spearing, Eagles, Ngog (Butterfield 83), Sordell (C Davies 66)
Subs Not Used: Lonergan, K Davies, Hall, Pratley, Ream
Booked: Spearing, Sordell
Goals: Ngog 3, Alonso 10

Wolverhampton Wanderers: de Vries, Doherty, Johnson, Gorkss, Robinson, Sigurdarson, O'Hara (Hammill 75), Davis (Henry 25), Hunt, Doyle, Cassidy (Doumbia 46)
Subs Not Used: McCarey, Ward, Dicko, Batth
Booked: Doherty, Doumbia

Referee: Andy D'Urso
Attendance: 18,432

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
15 Shrewsbury Town 26 30
16 Cambridge United 25 30
17 Bolton Wanderers 25 29
18 Lincoln City 25 28
19 Fleetwood Town 25 28
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