Bolton Wanderers 3-0 Doncaster Rovers

  • December 07, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton bounced back from successive league defeats by claiming their biggest win of the season - 3-0 over Doncaster Rovers at the Reebok Stadium.

Joe Mason put Wanderers ahead with a goal on his first start for the club, with 33 minutes on the clock, before Andre Moritz doubled the advantage six minutes later with a curling strike that went in via the inside of the post.

The Trotters pounded the Rovers goal in the second half, with Matt Mills seeing a header against his former side ruled out before substitute Neil Danns secured the victory with a third in stoppage time at the end of the game.

Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman made five changes to the side that was beaten by Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night - with Mason, Alex Baptiste, Lee Chung-Yong, Darren Pratley and Chris Eagles coming in for Danns, Zat Knight, Robert Hall, Medo Kamara and Jermaine Beckford, all of whom were on the bench.

A minute's applause in memory of the late Nelson Mandela took place before kick-off and once the action started, it was the hosts who were on the attack - with Mason and Eagles looking particularly lively.

The first chance of the game fell the way of Wanderers, with Moritz firing a shot across the face of goal after a neat move involving Chung-Yong.

Chung-Yong was involved again shortly afterwards, but his ball to Mason was superbly intercepted by a Rovers defender - as the visitors began to look shaky at the back.

Doncaster's first real opportunity arrived with 20 minutes on the clock, after on-loan Manchester United forward Federico Macheda was brought down just outside the box. The resulting free-kick was diverted behind for a corner, from which Theo Robinson saw a header come back off the post.

Pratley sent a long-range volley just wide at the midway stage of the half, and he was involved again moments later. The former Swansea City midfielder appeared to be barged off the ball inside the Donny penalty area, but referee Richard Clark ignored the protests and ordered play to continue - prompting a chorus of boos from the home support.

Moritz and Mason both saw shots fly wide, before Wanderers took the lead in the 33rd minute. Having received the ball inside the box, Mason twisted away from two Rovers defenders before seeing his shot deflect past Ross Turnbull for his first goal since joining on loan from Cardiff City.

Six minutes later, Bolton doubled their advantage. This time, Moritz picked up possession 20 yards from goal and sent a curling shot towards goal. The ball trickled past Turnbull, hit the inside of the post and rolled over the line to give Wanderers a comfortable 2-0 lead.

Mason was denied a clear run on goal by an offside flag in the latter stages of the half, but the hosts took their two-goal lead into the break and, in truth, it could have been even more.

Doncaster made one change at the start of the second half, as Chris Brown came on for Mark Duffy. Wanderers were unchanged, as Freedman looked for his side to take their first-half dominance into the second period.

Andy Lonergan was called into action for the first time, two minutes after the restart, as Robinson's shot from distance flew straight into his waiting arms.

Mason and Pratley both saw attempts go begging as the game approached the hour mark, while Moritz continued to be central to everything Wanderers had going forward.

The on-loan Mason was close to turning home an Eagles cross in the 62nd minute, before the latter saw a surging run and cross turned behind as Bolton threatened but couldn't quite find that third goal.

Danns took the place of Eagles for the final 20 minutes and his first action was to win a free-kick. Turnbull did well to deny the on-loan Leicester City midfielder moments later, but only after Mills had seen a goal disallowed for an apparent push on the goalkeeper in the build-up.

Turnbull did well to stop another Danns shot as the game entered the final 10 minutes, before Moritz was also thwarted by the former Chelsea goalkeeper.

Moments after coming on for Moritz, Hall was denied by the Doncaster stopper - who was powerless to stop Wanderers adding that elusive third goal in stoppage time.

After seeing a couple of shooting opportunities closed out by the Rovers defence, the ball ricocheted to Danns on the edge of the box, who thumped it low and hard into the net to give Bolton a fully deserved 3-0 victory.

The win moves Wanderers up three places to 15th in the Championship table, level on points with Wigan Athletic. The two sides meet at the DW Stadium next Sunday.

Bolton Wanderers: Lonergan, McNaughton, Mills, Ream, Baptiste, Chung-Yong, Spearing, Moritz (Hall 86), Pratley (Kamara 84), Eagles (Danns 70), Mason
Subs Not Used: Ngog, Beckford, Knight, Lee-Barrett
Booked: Pratley
Goals: Mason 33, Moritz 39, Danns 90+3

Doncaster Rovers: Turnbull, Quinn, Khumalo, McCullough, Stevens, Duffy (Brown 46), Wellens, Furman, Cotterill (Coppinger 60), Robinson, Macheda (Paynter 71)
Subs Not Used: Maxted, Wakefield, Woods, de Val

Referee: Richard Clark
Attendance: 15,471

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