Charlton Athletic 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • October 21, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Neil Lennon suffered his first defeat as Bolton manager, as Wanderers were beaten 2-1 by Charlton Athletic at The Valley.

Wanderers were the better side for much of the game, but were undone by two defensive lapses which resulted in goals either side of the break for the hosts - as George Tucudean and Johnnie Jackson got themselves on the scoresheet.

Dean Moxey pulled one back for the visitors, who dominated the play in the second period, but it wasn't enough to spark a comeback as Bolton failed to make it back-to-back away victories for the first time this season.

Wanderers boss Lennon named an unchanged team, as he stuck with the side that won at Birmingham City on Saturday. Jay Spearing walked out as captain, with vice-skipper Matt Mills starting in the back four.

The visitors started brightly in the capital and had the first shot on goal, as Lee Chung-Yong's strike from distance was gathered by Stephen Henderson at the second attempt.

Bolton were back on the attack moments later, with Dean Moxey picking out Liam Feeney with a superb cross-field pass. Feeney did well to bring the ball down, but was muscled out of possession just as he was about to take aim at goal.

Mills headed wide from a Spearing corner on 12 minutes, as Bolton continued to push forward in search of the opening goal, before Jermaine Beckford failed to make the most of a great ball from Chung-Yong - as he fired straight at the goalkeeper.

Andy Lonergan did well to read an attempted lob from Rhoys Wiggins, as Charlton made moves towards the Bolton goal for the first time on 21 minutes, while Tucudean and Jackson also came close to putting the hosts ahead.

Charlton's pressure paid off in the 28th minute, however, as Tucudean sneaked in behind Mills and Dorian Dervite. He managed to hold off pressure from Moxey, before firing the ball across goal and into the bottom corner of Lonergan's net to give the home side the lead.

The blow of falling behind appeared to knock the stuffing out of Wanderers, who were second best for the final 15 minutes of the half.

Feeney and Spearing both failed to test Henderson, as Bolton searched for an equaliser in the closing minutes of the half, but Charlton held out to take their one-goal advantage into the half-time interval.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second period, which started with the away team once again on top - as a cross from Feeney was just too high for the onrushing Darren Pratley.

Bolton were dealt a major blow in the 51st minute, though, as another defensive lapse resulted in Jackson being played clean through on goal. With Lonergan left to beat, he Addicks captain made no mistake in slotting the ball under the goalkeeper to double Charlton's lead.

The deficit was reduced back to one within three minutes, however, as Moxey drilled home from 25 yards after Charlton had failed to deal with a Spearing corner.

Bolton were given fresh hope by Moxey's strike and came close to equalising at the midway stage of the half, as a goalbound header from Beckford was cleared off the line by former Trotters defender Tal Ben Haim.

Neil Danns and Jordan Cousins came close with free-kicks at either end of the field, before Mills was left to wonder what might have been as he headed wide from a corner.

Max Clayton replaced Pratley for the final 10 minutes of the game and almost made an instant impact, but he sliced a shot wide with the goal at his mercy.

The former Crewe Alexandra forward tried his luck again in the final minute of normal time, as he looked to finish off a superb run from Danns. Clayton received the ball just inside the Charlton box, but his shot lacked the necessary power to test Henderson, who made a simple save.

Danns, Beckford and Clayton all came close inside five minutes of added time, but Bolton failed to find that elusive equalising goal as Charlton left the field with all three points.

Lennon's side return to action on Saturday, when the new manager takes his seat at Macron Stadium for the very first time. The opponents for that game will be Brentford, who played out a goalless draw with Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night.

Charlton Athletic: Henderson, Wilson, Ben Haim, Bikey-Amougou, Wiggins, Bulot (Fox 79), Buyens, Jackson, Cousins, Moussa (Ahearne-Grant 86), Tucudean (Harriott 90)
Subs Not Used: Morrison, Ansah, Munns, Pope
Booked: Tucudean, Buyens
Goals: Tucudean 28, Jackson 51

Bolton Wanderers: Lonergan, McNaughton, Mills, Dervite, Moxey (Ream 81), Feeney (M Davies 63), Spearing, Danns, Pratley (Clayton 81), Chung-Yong, Beckford
Subs Not Used: Hall, Kenny, Vela, C Davies
Booked: Chung-Yong
Goals: Moxey 54

Referee: Simon Hooper
Attendance: 13,433

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
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