Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Vitesse Arnhem

  • August 03, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton concluded their pre-season preparations with a defeat, as they were beaten 1-0 by Vitesse Arnhem in the first game at the Macron Stadium.

Wanderers were second best against their Dutch opposition, who narrowly missed out on qualification for the UEFA Europa League this season, but, despite holding firm at the back for the most part, they were undone by a stunning 16th minute free-kick from Marko Vejinovic.

The hosts did threaten a couple of times late on, most notably when Piet Velthuizen sprawled to keep out a Neil Danns header, but Vitesse took the victory just six days before the start of the new Championship season.

Bolton boss Dougie Freedman made five changes to the side that won at Port Vale in midweek, with Kevin McNaughton, Jay Spearing, Neil Danns, Darren Pratley and Jermaine Beckford all took to the field - forming a starting line-up that may closely resemble the one that starts at Watford next weekend.

The first chance of the game fell the way of Wanderers, as Beckford cut inside his marker before shooting into the side netting from the edge of the box.

Darren Pratley was next to try his luck, heading straight at Velthuizen from a Beckford cross, but it was Vitesse who broke the deadlock with their first attempt of the game.

Medo Kamara conceded a free-kick 25 yards from his own goal, allowing Vejinovic to curl a shot over the wall and into the bottom corner of Andy Lonergan's net to give the visitors the lead.

Liam Feeney drilled a cross-cum-shot across the face of the Vitesse goal in the moments that followed, before the visitors came close to adding a second - but for a timely interception from McNaughton, who did well to block an attempt from Kelvin Leerdam.

Wanderers had appeals for a penalty turned down when Danns' shot appeared to strike a hand inside the Vitesse box, moments before Lonergan tipped a piledriver from Valeri Qazaishvili over the crossbar at the other end.

Bolton went in behind at the break and emerged for the second half in their new away kit, although no substitutions were made by Freedman.

The first attempt of the second period fell the way of the Dutch side, as Davy Propper's long-range effort flashed over the top of Lonergan's crossbar.

Leerdam should have done better after finding space inside the Bolton box on 54 minutes, before an acrobatic effort from Danns failed to test Velthuizen as the hosts looked to get themselves on level terms.

Both sides introduced substitutes as the midway point of the half approached, with Conor Wilkinson and Lee Chung-Yong coming on for Wanderers, and they soon made their presence felt.

Shortly after Uros Djurdjevic had fired over for Vitesse, Chung-Yong and Spearing both saw shots charged down, before the latter struck a 25-yard strike inches over the crossbar with 15 minutes to go.

Bolton's best chance of the game arrived with 10 minutes to play, as a neat move involving Feeney and McNaughton ended with the Cardiff City loanee crossing towards the back post, where Danns' header brought a fine save out of Velthuizen.

Dean Moxey fired wide soon after, although he was adjudged to have been standing in an offside position when he received the ball, while Vejinovic came close to scoring for a second time as he found the top of the net from another free-kick.

Two minutes of added time were played and passed by without incident, as Bolton fell to only their second defeat of pre-season - bizarrely prompting a small round of boos from a certain section of the stadium.

Freedman takes his side to Watford on Saturday for the first game of the new season, looking for a repeat of last season's 1-0 victory at Vicarage Road.

Bolton Wanderers: Lonergan, McNaughton, Mills, Ream, Moxey, Spearing, Kamara, Feeney, Danns, Pratley (Chung-Yong 65), Beckford (Wilkinson 65)
Subs Not Used: Fitzsimons, Dervite, Trotter, Threlkeld, Hall, Clough, Wheater, Bolger, Youngs, C Davies

Vitesse Arnhem: Velthuizen, Wallace (Diks 46), Kashia, van der Heijden, Kruiswijk (Achenteh 61), Leerdam (Bosz 77), Vejinovic, Propper, Traore (Labyad 46), Qazaishvili (Djurdjevic 61), Oliinyk (Dauda 77)
Goals: Vejinovic 16

Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Attendance: 5,399

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