Bolton Wanderers 3-1 Wigan Athletic

  • November 07, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton moved out of the Championship relegation zone for the first time since September, after beating Wigan Athletic 3-1 at Macron Stadium.

After a goalless first half, Max Clayton put Wanderers ahead five minutes after the break, with his first goal for the club, before Craig Davies nodded home a second just five minutes later.

Lee Chung-Yong drilled home from the penalty spot on 61 minutes, after Matt Mills had been brought down inside the box, while Callum McManaman's stunning volley provided Wigan with a late consolation - as Bolton recorded a third successive home league win.

Wanderers boss Neil Lennon made one change to the side that started against Cardiff City on Tuesday night, with Clayton coming in for the suspended Darren Pratley - as he began a Championship game for the first time in his career.

It was Wigan who started the better, however, with Shaun Maloney volleying wide of Andy Lonergan's right-hand post inside three minutes.

The Latics came even close moments later, as McManaman cut inside from the left-flank before seeing a strike clip the top of the crossbar before going behind for a goal-kick.

Lonergan dove at the feet of Roger Espinoza soon after, while the Wanderers goalkeeper got down again to deny McManaman on the quarter-hour, as Wigan's impressive start failed to produce any goals.

Bolton's first shooting chance arrived on 20 minutes, with Dorian Dervite shooting straight at Scott Carson, moments before Clayton was denied after being played in by Chung-Yong.

Clayton and Chung-Yong both shot straight at Carson as the first-half drew to a close, while Mark Davies dragged a shot wide at the other end as the hosts hit their opponents on the counter attack.

After finding their feet in the game, Bolton were fortunate not to go in behind at the break - as McManaman turned away from Tim Ream, before curling a shot against the foot of the post - as the two sides went in level at 0-0.

Lennon's side had failed to reach the standard they produced on Tuesday and words were clearly said at half-time. Whatever was said had the desired effect, as the ball was in the back of the Wigan net just six minutes into the second-half.

Clayton, on the left-hand corner of the box, was played clean through by Chung-Yong. With just Carson standing in the way of him and his first goal for Bolton, Clayton stayed calm and stroked the ball through the legs of the oncoming goalkeeper to open the scoring.

The former Crewe Alexandra forward almost doubled his tally two minutes later, as he curled wide following a Neil Danns pass, but Wanderers did get their two-goal cushion in the 55th minute.

Liam Feeney chased down a lost cause down the right-hand side, before looping a cross up into the Wigan box that Craig Davies took great delight in heading home from close range.

Clayton prodded a shot inches wide of the far post with the next attack, but Bolton did seal the victory just after the hour after Mills was brought down by Leon Barnett inside the Latics box.

Craig Davies took control of the ball, but, after an intervention from Lennon, Chung-Yong put the ball on the spot and drilled it straight down the middle to give the hosts a 3-0 lead with 30 minutes to go.

Clayton clipped the roof of the net moments later, while Josh Vela volleyed over the bar after sneaking forward from right-back.

After being on the back-foot for the entirity of the second-half, Wigan pulled a goal back with 11 minutes to go. James McClean, on as a substitute for Shaun Maloney, raced away from Vela down the Latics left. He cut the ball back into the box, where McManaman was on hand to volley home from 10 yards.

Despite a few moments of late pressure, Wigan failed to produce a late comeback as Bolton saw time out to seal their fourth victory in six games under their new management.

They rise up to 18th place, ahead of the weekend fixtures, and will almost certainly go into the international break outside the relegation zone for the first time in nearly three months. Bolton return to action on November 22, when they face bottom-club Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

Bolton Wanderers: Lonergan, Vela, Mills, Dervite, Ream, M Davies, Danns, Feeney (Spearing 89), Chung-Yong, Clayton, C Davies
Subs Not Used: McNaughton, Moxey, Mason, Beckford, Hall, Kenny
Booked: Danns
Goals: Clayton 50, C Davies 55, Chung-Yong 61(pen)

Wigan Athletic: Carson, Perch, Barnett, Kiernan, Figueroa, Forshaw (Kvist 70), Huws (McCann 58), McManaman, Maloney (McClean 58), Espinoza, Fortune
Subs Not Used: Tavernier, Nicholls, Cowie, Waghorn
Booked: Barnett, McCann, McClean
Goals: McManaman 79

Referee: Scott Duncan
Attendance: 17,282

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