Shrewsbury Town 1-3 Bolton Wanderers

  • August 06, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Sanmi Odelusi was the surprise hero as Bolton strolled into the second round of the Capital One Cup with a 3-1 win at Shrewsbury Town.

Odelusi, who was making his first competitive start for Wanderers, netted either side of the break as the visitors ran out deserved winners at Greenhous Meadow.

Rob Hall, also making his first competitive start since joining from West Ham United in the summer, opened the scoring with 26 minutes played, before Aaron Wildig levelled just three minutes later. Odelusi put the Trotters back in front just two minutes before the break before sealing the victory with his second, seven minutes into the second half.

Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman made seven changes to the side that drew 1-1 at Burnley on the opening day of the season, with Andy Lonergan, Tyrone Mears, Tim Ream, David Ngog and Craig Davies all coming into the side. Hall made his competitive debut after joining from West Ham in the summer, while Odelusi was also handed his first start in Trotters colours.

Both sides started the game on a quiet note, with a bending cross from Paul Parry the best either side had to offer in the early exchanges - which drifted harmlessly wide of Lonergan's far post.

The first shooting opportunity arrived with 10 minutes played, courtesy of Salop's Luke Summerfield. But, just like Parry's earlier cross, the ball sailed harmlessly behind for a goal-kick.

Summerfield's effort gave the hosts confidence in their attacking play, and they came close to breaking the deadlock moments later as Jon Taylor's 30 yard strike flashed inches over the crossbar.

An injury to John Marsden forced him off the field on 16 minutes, with former Wanderers academy talent Alex McQuade coming on in his place. After that brief stoppage in play, Bolton came agonisingly close to opening the scoring as Hall's inswinging corner was headed goalwards by Davies. The Welshman's effort looked destined for the top corner, but smashed back off the underside of the crossbar before being cleared to safety.

Joe Jacobson and Summerfield both shot wide at the other end shortly afterwards, before Davies wasted a glorious chance to put the visitors ahead. After David Ngog had lost possession, the ball fell kindly to Davies who had a clear sight of the Shrewsbury goal, only to scuff his strike wide of the target.

Ngog came close with 26 minutes gone, before Wanderers took the lead with their next attack. With no options available to him, Hall took it upon himself to run at the Shrewsbury defence before curling an exquisite 25 yard strike beyond a helpless Chris Weale.

That lead would last less than three minutes, though, as Graham Turner's side restored parity. Wildig ghosted inbetween Zat Knight and Tim Ream and put the ball past Lonergan when found unmarked inside the penalty area.

Davies brought a save out of Weale shortly after the half-hour, while Lonergan was on-hand to keep out Summerfield at the other end. Both sides continued to enjoy chances in the final ten minutes of the half, with Ngog shooting straight at Weale and then Wildig bringing a stunning save out of Lonergan with a volley from just inside the area.

That save would prove to be decisive, as Bolton retook the lead just two minutes before the break. After a neat break down the right-flank from Mears, the former Burnley defender picked out Hall. His cross to the far post found the run of Odelusi, who had the simple task of slotting the ball home from close range and give the visitors a half-time lead.

With the game on a knife edge, neither manager opted to make any changes at half-time as both sides emerged for the start of the second half.

The first chance of the second period fell the way of the visitors, as Davies twisted and turned his way beyond the Shrewsbury defence before bringing a smart low save out of Weale.

Wanderers took control of the game just seven minutes after the restart, effectively killing the tie and booking their place in the next round of the competition. A superb counter-attack resulted in Ngog releasing Odelusi, who struck a stunning right-footed shot into the top corner for his second goal of the game.

Andre Moritz was introduced shortly after the hour, making his first appearance since joining from Crystal Palace last month. The Brazilian midfielder took the place of Ngog, as Freedman looked to slow the game down with his side in control.

Although Shrewsbury were enjoying spells of possession, Wanderers were happy to sit back and soak up any pressure before hitting their League One opponents on the break. Chances were very few and far between, as Bolton's superiority began to show.

Tom Bradshaw brought a good save out of Lonergan inside the final 15 minutes, but that was about as close as either side came to another goal.

Keith Andrews and Alex Baptiste took the places of Hall and Darren Pratley in the latter stages, with Mears being utilised as a right midfielder, but those changes only helped to take any sting out of the game as Wanderers claimed a very comfortable and professional 3-1 victory.

Freedman's side will be in the hat for the second round draw, which takes place at lunchtime on Thursday. His side return to league action on Saturday, when Reading are the first visitors to the Reebok Stadium this season.

Shrewsbury Town: Weale, Jacobson, Summerfield, Jones (Goldson 86), Bradshaw, Taylor (McAllister 53), Marsden (McQuade 18), Wildig, Mkandawire, Parry, Tavernier
Subs Not Used: Anyon, Woods, Smith, Anderson
Goals: Wildig 29

Bolton Wanderers: Lonergan, Mears, Knight, Ream, Tierney, Pratley (Baptiste 86), Kamara, Hall (Andrews 81), Odelusi, Ngog (Moritz 62), C Davies
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Beckford, Eaves, Bolger
Goals: Hall 26, Odelusi 43, 52

Referee: Stephen Bratt
Attendance: 3,456

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