Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Bolton Wanderers

  • January 17, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton picked up their first win in three league outings, after early goals from Liam Feeney and Darren Pratley gave them a 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday.

Having emerged victorious from their previous three trips to Hillsborough, Wanderers set about extending that record when Feeney fired past Keiren Westwood in the Owls goal less than two minutes into the game.

Pratley doubled the advantage with 25 minutes gone, before Chris Maguire pulled one back from the penalty spot three minutes later.

Sam Hutchinson, on as a late substitute for Kieran Lee, was sent off for a second bookable offence with seven minutes left to play, on a day where Wednesday, who had a late goal ruled out for offside, were left cursing their luck.

Wanderers boss Neil Lennon made two changes to the side that started against Leeds United last time out, with David Wheater and Craig Davies taking the places of Liam Trotter and Eidur Gudjohnsen - who both dropped to the bench.

On a ground where they stormed into a 3-0 lead inside 29 minutes last season, Bolton began in similar fashion and were ahead with less than 90 seconds on the clock, as a slip in the Owls defence provided Feeney with all the time and space he needed to fire beyond Westwood.

Matt Mills and Wheater both came close to bundling home a second, as Feeney's efforts went unrewarded, before a long-range strike from Maguire was deflected behind at the other end.

With heavy sleet falling on the pitch, Wanderers were inches away from doubling their lead at the midway point of the half as Feeney's cross-cum-shot was just too far in front of a stretching Emile Heskey.

The visitors' constant pressure finally paid off on 25 minutes, as Pratley dinked the ball over an oncoming defender before firing low and hard past a helpless Westwood.

Wednesday were back in the game three minutes later, however, as a foul by Feeney gave referee Graham Scott little option but to point to the spot. Maguire stepped up to take the resulting penalty and found the left-hand corner of Andy Lonergan's net, despite the goalkeeper guessing the correct way.

Wheater came close to turning home Feeney's cross just after the half hour, as Wanderers looked to restore their two-goal lead, moments before Pratley was harshly booked by the referee for a foul on the halfway line.

With one goal already to his name, Pratley came close to notching his second of the game when Tim Ream's curling cross was just too far ahead of him on 37 minutes, while Maguire, who also had his name on the scoresheet, sliced wide of Lonergan's goal after working his way into a promising position.

Davies shot straight at Westwood in first-half stoppage time, before Stevie May drilled wide for Wednesday, as the visitors took their 2-1 lead into the break.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second period, which began with Liam Palmer testing the handling skills of Lonergan with a long-range shot at goal.

Bolton had the chance to go into a 3-1 lead shortly afterwards, as Davies was played clean through on goal, but Westwood got down to deny him what would have been a sixth goal of the campaign.

Wednesday made a double substitution at the midway point of the half, as Jacques Maghoma and Lee were replaced by Jeremy Helan and Hutchinson.

The home side were seeing the majority of the possession, but struggled to break down a resolute Bolton defence and they were lucky to stay in the game when, 15 minutes from time, Davies saw a point-blank header pushed away by Westwood at the other end of the field.

Westwood denied Pratley his second of the game moments later, before Wanderers were fortunate to keep their lead when Mills put his body on the line to block Lewis Baker's goalbound shot from just six yards.

Then, 15 minutes after coming on to the field, the Owls were reduced to ten men as Hutchinson was shown a second yellow card for a late challenge on Josh Vela.

Davies volleyed wide from the resulting free-kick, before the home side had a goal ruled out for an offside against May. Atdhe Nuhiu saw a shot tipped on to the crossbar by Lonergan and May followed up to smash home the rebound, only to have his celebrations cut short by the assistant referee's flag.

Eidur Gudjohnsen replaced an injured Davies, just as six minutes of added time were indicated by the fourth official, during which time Vela entered the referee's book for a late challenge.

Gudjohnsen fired wide with his first action of the game, before Wednesday were denied a last minute equaliser as Lonergan tipped a goalbound strike from Claude Dielna on to the angle of post and crossbar to ensure Lennon's side left Yorkshire with all three points.

Victory moves Bolton up to 14th in the Championship table, extending a run that has now seen them lose just once in 12 games. They return to action next Saturday, when they face Liverpool in the fourth round of the FA Cup, at Anfield.

Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood, Palmer, Loovens, Lees, Dielna, Maguire, Semedo (Baker 78), Lee (Hutchinson 69), Maghoma (Helan 69), May, Nuhiu
Subs Not Used: Buxton, Mattock, Lavery, Kirkland
Booked: Maghoma, Lee, Hutchinson, Westwood
Sent Off: Hutchinson
Goals: Maguire 28(pen)

Bolton Wanderers: Lonergan, Dervite, Mills, Wheater, Ream, Danns, Feeney, Vela, Pratley, Heskey, C Davies (Gudjohnsen 90)
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Moxey, Spearing, Trotter, Wilkinson, Walker
Booked: Pratley, Vela
Goals: Feeney 2, Pratley 25

Referee: Graham Scott
Attendance: 22,617

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Accrington Stanley 0 0
2 Barnsley 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
5 Burton Albion 0 0
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