Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • September 20, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton fell to a fourth successive away league defeat on Saturday, as they were beaten 1-0 by Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.

Nouha Dicko scored the only goal of the game, as he capitalised on a breakdown in communication between the Wanderers defence and goalkeeper to head home unopposed from four yards just three minutes before the break.

Jermaine Beckford was introduced in the 56th minute and won a penalty within moments of entering the game, but Owen Garvan's resulting spot-kick was kept out by Carl Ikeme in the Wolves goal - helping his side to a 1-0 victory that moves them to within one point of league leaders Nottingham Forest.

Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman made three changes to the side that beat Rotherham United on Tuesday night, with Liam Feeney, Lee Chung-Yong and Owen Garvan taking the places of Neil Danns, Mark Davies and Darren Pratley in midfield.

Bolton saw a lot of the ball inside the opening 10 minutes of the game, with Craig Davies in particular looking dangerous in attack - as he lined up against his former club.

They may have had the lion's share of possession, but it was Wolves who created the first opportunity of the game. That arrived on 12 minutes, but Scott Golbourne's cross-cum-shot drifted just wide of Lonergan's far post.

Neither Joe Mason or Chung-Yong could get on the end of a looping cross from Craig Davies at the other end, while Bolton had to be alert at the back to deny Golbourne and Bakary Sako from working their way through on goal.

Lonergan's first save of the afternoon arrived on the 18 minute mark, as he threw himself down to his left to parry away a header from Danny Batth.

The visitors were back on the attack within a minute, though, and should have taken the lead. Mason and Craig Davies combined well on the edge of the Wolves box, but the move ended with the latter shooting straight into the waiting arms of Carl Ikeme.

Lee Evans smashed a shot wide of goal at the midway point of the half, before Wolves saw appeals for a penalty turned down as Dicko went to ground under a collision with Tim Ream inside the Trotters box.

Dicko was a matter of inches away from converting a cross on the half-hour, before seeing a shot pushed behind moments later.

An eventful first-half looked set to end with a bit of a lull, but Wolves made sure that didn't happen by taking the lead just three minutes before the break.

A lack of communication in the Bolton defence resulted in Dicko ghosting in ahead of Matt Mills and Dorian Dervite. Lonergan should have dealt with the ball into the box, but his reluctance to claim the ball allowed the Wolves forward a free header that he duly converted.

Sako almost doubled his tally for the afternoon less than 60 seconds later, as his shot took a deflection off Mills, but Lonergan made a fine save to keep him out and ensure the deficit remained at one going into the half-time break.

There were no changes to the Bolton side at the start of the second period, but Wolves did make one substitution as Leon Clarke came on for Dicko.

With the ball back in play, it was the home side who created the first chance as Golbourne saw a header cleared off the line.

A neat move involving Spearing and Chung-Yong resulted in Feeney coming close as Bolton looked to hit Wolves on the break, before a crossed free-kick from Spearing almost flew directly into the corner of the net after Batth had been penalised for a foul on Mason.

Craig Davies' afternoon came to an end on 56 minutes and his replacement, Beckford, won a penalty for his side within two minutes of his introduction. Unfortunately, for the visitors, Garvan's resulting spot-kick was weak and Ikeme guessed correctly to make a fine double save - after initially parrying the on-loan Crystal Palace midfielder's strike.

Ikeme was involved again on the hour, this time to keep out a shot from Feeney, before he was required to tip a header from Mason on to the crossbar as Bolton finally found a way to cut through the home defence.

Injury to Mills temporarily halted play as the game entered the final 20 minutes, before which both teams struggled to get back into full flow.

Lee Evans fired over the Bolton bar with less than 10 minutes of normal time remaining, before the visitors were denied twice in a matter of moments by Ikeme.

A superb through ball from Beckford put Feeney clean through on goal and with only Ikeme left to beat, the Wolves goalkeeper made himself big to deny the former Millwall winger.

From the next attack, Chung-Yong picked out Beckford inside the box but his shot was straight at the home stopper, who clung on to the ball.

Tommy Rowe struck wide as the game entered stoppage time, before Bolton's final chance of the game came and went with Spearing hitting a shot high over the crossbar in the closing seconds.

Defeat means Bolton remain outside the relegation zone by just one point, ahead of Huddersfield Town, with their next league action coming against Derby County at Macron Stadium next Saturday.

Before that, Wanderers head to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening, where they will face Jose Mourinho's Chelsea in the third round of the League Cup - ranked as 14/1 outsiders to reach the next round at www.bonuscorner.com.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Ikeme, Doherty, Batth, Stearman, Golbourne, Henry (Rowe 77), McDonald, Evans, Sako, Edwards (Saville 66), Dicko (Clarke 46)
Subs Not Used: McCarey, van La Parra, Ricketts, McAlinden
Booked: Batth
Goals: Dicko 42

Bolton Wanderers: Lonergan, Ream, Dervite, Mills, Moxey, Spearing, Garvan (M Davies 64), Feeney, Mason (Danns 70), Chung-Yong, C Davies (Beckford 56)
Subs Not Used: Kenny, McNaughton, Pratley, Kamara
Booked: M Davies

Referee: Andrew Madley
Attendance: 22,695

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