Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Derby County

  • September 27, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton fans turned on manager Dougie Freedman and chairman Phil Gartside, as they watched their side lose 2-0 at home to Derby County.

A brace of goals - one in each half - from Chris Martin gave the Rams a comfortable 2-0 victory at Macron Stadium, on a day where he should have had a hat-trick - after seeing a 10th minute penalty saved by Wanderers goalkeeper Andy Lonergan.

Two supporters ran on to the pitch shortly after their side fell two-down, before chants of 'Freedman Out' and 'Gartside Out' echoed around the stadium at intervals throughout the final half hour. The home side were booed off at full-time, before a crowd of supporters gathered outside the ground after the game to continue their protests against those in charge.

Following on from Wednesday's League Cup defeat at Chelsea, Freedman made six changes - with Kevin McNaughton, Jay Spearing, Mark Davies, Owen Garvan, Lee Chung-Yong and Joe Mason all returning to the side. Chris Herd, Neil Danns, Darren Pratley, Medo Kamara, Jermaine Beckford and Craig Davies all dropped out.

Wanderers started brightly and came close inside the opening five minutes. Liam Feeney drilled the ball into the box and with Mason looking set to score, his goalbound strike was deflected behind.

Derby had failed to test the Bolton defence early on, but they were handed the opportunity to take a 10th minute lead when referee Mark Brown pointed to the penalty spot for a foul on Craig Bryson. Martin stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick, but Lonergan made the save down to his right.

Bolton were back on the attack shortly afterwards, with Mason bringing Lee Grant into action, before a volley from Chung-Yong was blocked and cleared to safety moments later.

Feeney saw a shot deflect wide as the game passed the 20 minute mark, before superb defending from Dean Moxey denied Jordon Ibe a certain goal with a last-gasp header away at the far post.

Jamie Ward curled a shot inches wide of the post from the Rams' next attack, while Lonergan kept his eye on the ball to tip away a looping cross from Ibe which looked set to nestle in the back of the net.

Then, with seven minutes of the first-half to play, the visitors took the lead. Cyrus Christie escaped the attention of Moxey down the Derby right and he played the ball across the face of the Wanderers goal, providing Martin with the simple task of tapping home from close range and giving County a half-time lead.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second period, which started with Derby once again on the front foot - with Jay Spearing sliding in well to deny Christie a clean run on goal.

Lonergan got down well to deny Ibe on 55 minutes, but he was powerless to keep the away team out moments later. A short goal-kick from the Bolton stopper put Matt Mills under pressure. His ball to Garvan was pounced upon by Martin, who raced unopposed into the box before slotting low into the bottom corner to double their advantage.

Garvan was almost immediately replaced by Craig Davies, while Danns came on for Chung-Yong five minutes later.

A five-minute spell at the midway point of the half passed by with little football being played, as two supporters ran onto the pitch. One retrieved the corner flag, while the other raced towards Freedman and threw what appeared to be a season ticket at the Wanderers manager. After being led away by stewards, one of them returned to the field - further halting the game - before leaving under the guidance of heavier security guidance.

The commotion prompted chants of 'Freedman Out' and 'Gartside Out', which reverberated around the stadium at regular intervals throughout the final 20 minutes.

Once play resumed, the negativity Derby were hoping for had surfaced and they looked comfortable winners from then on in.

Lonergan tipped away a bending strike from Ibe with 15 minutes to go, before a long-range strike from Danns was as close as Bolton came with just over five to play.

Mason had the ball in the net in the final minute of normal time, only to see his goal disallowed for handball, before Johnny Russell volleyed over the crossbar in stoppage time as Derby looked to rub salt into the wounds by adding a third goal.

Bolton's latest defeat - their sixth in nine league outings thus far - sees them drop back into the Championship's relegation zone, ahead of Wednesday's trip to one of the two teams below them - Fulham.

Bolton Wanderers: Lonergan, McNaughton, Mills, Dervite, Moxey, Feeney, Spearing, M Davies, Garvan (C Davies 59), Chung-Yong (Danns 65), Mason
Subs Not Used: Ream, Beckford, Kenny, Pratley, Kamara
Booked: Moxey, M Davies

Derby County: Grant, Christie, Keogh, Whitbread, Forsyth, Bryson, Eustace, Hughes, Ibe (Russell 76), Martin, Ward (Best 89)
Subs Not Used: Naylor, Roos, Calero, Shotton, Mascarell
Booked: Hughes
Goals: Martin 38,57

Referee: Mark Brown
Attendance: 15,006

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13 Bolton Wanderers 20 26
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