Sheffield Wednesday 1-3 Bolton Wanderers

  • April 26, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton completed a clean sweep of victories in Yorkshire, making it five out of five for the season, with a 3-1 victory at Sheffield Wednesday.

Following wins at Barnsley, Leeds United, Huddersfield Town and Doncaster Rovers earlier in the campaign, Wanderers extended their unbeaten run on the road to eight games - their best run of away form since October 2001.

Goals inside the opening half-hour from Neil Danns, Lee Chung-Yong and Liam Trotter put Bolton in complete control at Hillsborough and although Joe Mattock pulled one back before the break, the three points never looked in doubt for the visitors.

Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman made three changes to the side that lost at home to Leicester City on Tuesday night, with Neil Danns and Jermaine Beckford starting and Oscar Threlkeld making his senior debut at right-back. The three to drop out were Hayden White, Zat Knight and Lukas Jutkiewicz - the latter two of which were on the bench.

The first chance of the game fell the way of the hosts, but a long-range strike from Giles Coke was easy for Adam Bogdan in the visiting goal.

Michail Antonio was next to try his luck for Wednesday, but his speculative effort cleared the crossbar and landed in the stands behind the goal.

Wanderers came close to opening the scoring with eight minutes on the clock, as Matt Mills saw a header from Lee Chung-Yong's corner deflected inches wide of Chris Kirkland's post.

But the visitors were in front moments later, courtesy of Danns' sixth goal of the season. Beckford managed to escape the offside trap and head towards the byline. The angle denied him an opportunity at goal, so he squared for Danns to tap home from close range.

Antonio wasted the chance to bring Wednesday level on the quarter-hour, as he fired over the bar from a good position, and he was left to rue that miss as Bolton doubled their advantage four minutes later.

Chung-Yong capitalised on a slip from an Owls defender and with only Kirkland left to beat, the South Korea international slid the ball under the goalkeeper to net his second goal of the campaign.

The ball was in the net again on the half-hour, with a goal that was so good it drew applause from both sets of supporters.

Trotter has struggled to win over his critics since joining Bolton on loan from Millwall in January, but he brought a huge cheer from the travelling fans at Hillsborough as a half-volley from 35 yards looped up and over Kirkland before nestling in the back of the net.

Bolton were in complete control of the game and were unfortunate not to add a fourth on 34 minutes, with the offside flag denying Beckford at the precise moment he put the ball past Kirkland.

Jeremy Helan headed straight at Bogdan as the hosts looked for a way back into the game, but they did manage to find a breakthrough on 38 minutes as Mattock sent a stunning volley into the top corner after Bolton could only half-clear a corner.

A free-kick from Danns brought a comfortable save out of Kirkland in stoppage time, prompting ironic cheers from the home supporters, who saw their side go in 3-1 down at the break.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second half and Wanderers should have wrapped up the victory just three minutes after the restart.

Danns was put clean through on goal by Chung-Yong and with only Kirkland left to beat, the on-loan Leicester City midfielder attempted to take the ball around the Wednesday goalkeeper. He stuck out a hand, claimed the ball and prevented his side from conceding a fourth.

Chung-Yong chipped the ball inches over the top following good work from Beckford and Robert Hall on 54 minutes, before things got a little heated after an altercation between Beckford and Glenn Loovens. Beckford entered the referee's notebook, as did Owls defender Oguchi Onyewu.

Mills did well to block a goalbound shot on the turn from Caolan Lavery at the midway stage of the half, before two changes saw Jutkiewicz come on for Hall and Andy Kellett replace Beckford.

Kirkland did well to get in the way of a shot from Danns, who had got on the end of a Jutkiewicz cut-back 10 minutes from time, while Helan fired harmlessly wide of Bogdan's goal at the other end.

Chung-Yong shot into the side netting, after superb wing play from Kellett inside the final five minutes, before the Wanderers academy product came within inches of picking out a perfect cross for Jutkiewicz in the final minute of normal time.

Onyewu blocked a Jutkiewicz strike in added time, before Tom Youngs came on for Chung-Yong for the first league appearance of his senior career. He managed a couple of touches in the final minute, as the clock ran down to signal a 3-1 victory for the visiting side.

Bolton finish their season at home to Birmingham City next Saturday, knowing victory could see them finish in the top half of the Championship. Defeat for the Blues, meanwhile, could result in relegation to League One.

Sheffield Wednesday: Kirkland, McCabe (Corry 60), Onyewu, Loovens, Mattock (Stobbs 60), Lavery, Lee, Coke (Afobe 85), Helan, Antonio, Nuhiu
Subs Not Used: Johnson, Martinez, Llera, Best
Booked: Onyewu, Nuhiu
Goals: Mattock 38

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Threlkeld, Mills, Wheater, Ream, Spearing, Trotter, Chung-Yong (Youngs 90), Danns, Hall (Jutkiewicz 73), Beckford (Kellett 79)
Subs Not Used: Knight, Lonergan, Robinson, Iliev
Booked: Danns, Threlkeld, Beckford
Goals: Danns 8, Chung-Yong 19, Trotter 29

Referee: Andy Davies
Attendance: 23,070

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9 Bolton Wanderers 46 73
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