Bournemouth 0-2 Bolton Wanderers

  • November 02, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton recorded back-to-back away wins for the first time since January 2012, as goals from David Ngog and Jermaine Beckford gave Wanderers a 2-0 victory at Bournemouth.

In what was the first meeting between the two sides since April 1993, Ngog gave Wanderers a 37th minute lead at the Goldsands Stadium when he latched on to a through ball from Lee Chung-Yong, rounded the goalkeeper, and slotted the ball into the empty net.

With the visitors looking comfortable with their 1-0 lead, Zat Knight was brought on as the Trotters went with five at the back for the closing stages. That change proved effective, as Bolton soaked up the Bournemouth pressure and hit their hosts on the counter attack in stoppage time - with Beckford finding the net in a one-on-one situation.

Dougie Freedman named the same side that started last weekend's 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town, although David Wheater, Sanmi Odelusi and Andy Kellett took the places of Andre Moritz, Darren Pratley and Craig Davies on the bench.

Bolton started the game brightly, with Chung-Yong on the left and Neil Danns on the right, and it was the former who was involved in the first attack of the game, as he twisted and turned away from his marker before dragging a shot wide of the target.

Beckford shot wide, moments later, while Matt Mills was alert at the other end to prevent Tokelo Rantie from getting a free shot away at Andy Lonergan's goal.

Danns latched on to a flick from Beckford, with 11 minutes gone, but stabbed his shot wide of Lee Camp's goal, before the on-loan Cherries debutant goalkeeper did well to palm away a powerful strike from Alex Baptiste.

Baptiste saw another attempt charged down, before Rantie brought a superb save out of Lonergan at the other end on the quarter-hour.

Lonergan denied Rantie again, two minutes later, before Marc Pugh curled a shot over the top of the crossbar.

Jay Spearing skied a shot well over the crossbar at the midway point of the half, moments before Chung-Yong was shown the first yellow card of the game for an ugly challenge on Ryan Fraser.

Lonergan did well to deny Lewis Grabba, after the Bournemouth forward had played a one-two with Rantie, but it was Wanderers who opened the scoring with 37 minutes played.

A neat build-up from Chung-Yong resulted in him playing the ball behind the Cherries defence to Ngog. The Frenchman maintained his composure, rounded the goalkeeper and found the back of the net from an acute angle to give the 1,000 travelling supporters reason to celebrate.

Ngog tried to get on the scoresheet again with just over five minutes of the half left to play, but Camp did well to get down and make the save - meaning Bolton took their 1-0 lead into the interval.

There were no changes to either side at the break, and the first chance of the second period fell the way of the visitors - as a Medo Kamara volley flashed inches wide of the target.

Bournemouth's Fraser received a yellow card for an apparent dive on 53 minutes, a decision which came as a relief to Chung-Yong - who was involved in the incident, with a yellow card already to his name.

Mills blocked Grabban's goalbound strike as the game approached the hour, while Steve Cook did the same at the other end to deny Ngog a clear sight of goal.

The midway stage of the half was littered with substitutions - as Wes Thomas and Brett Pitman replaced Fraser and Rantie, while Bolton's Odelusi came on for Ngog.

Both Charlie Daniels and Pittman spurned chances as the hosts went in search of an equaliser, prompting Freedman to introduce Knight in the place of Chung-Yong - as Bolton switched to a five-man defence.

Thomas shot wide of the Wanderers target with three minutes of normal time remaining, before a superb ball from Kamara was almost turned home by a stretching Danns as the visitors worked a counter-attack.

Bournemouth continued to press for a leveller, as four minutes of stoppage time were added, but their attacking intent would cost them dear as Beckford raced clear in the final minute before seeing his shot deflect past a helpless Camp to seal the win.

Victory means Bolton extend their unbeaten run to six games, with a home game against Millwall next up for Freedman's side. That takes place at the Reebok Stadium next Saturday.

Bournemouth: Camp, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Fraser (Thomas 63), MacDonald (Surman 85), Arter, Pugh, Grabban, Rantie (Pitman 64)
Subs Not Used: Allsop, Harte, Addison, Hughes
Booked: Fraser, MacDonald

Bolton Wanderers: Lonergan, McNaughton, Mills, Ream, Baptiste, Chung-Yong (Knight 82), Spearing, Kamara, Danns, Ngog (Odelusi 68), Beckford
Subs Not Used: Eagles, Hall, Wheater, Lee-Barrett, Kellett
Booked: Chung-Yong, McNaughton, Ream, Odelusi
Goals: Ngog 37, Beckford 90+3

Referee: Darren Deadman
Attendance: 10,015

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