Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Burton Albion

  • August 11, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's desperate need for a goalscorer was highlighted even further on Tuesday, as Wanderers were dumped out of the League Cup by Burton Albion.

Neil Lennon's side were good value on the night, as they took the game to their League One opponents, but were wasteful in front of goal - most notably when Gary Madine headed against the crossbar with an empty goal gaping in the opening 45 minutes.

Ben Amos had been largely untroubled in the Trotters goal throughout the evening, but was beaten with just three minutes to play as a speculative strike from Matthew Palmer took a wicked deflection on it's way into the net.

Lennon made three changes to the side that started against Derby County on Saturday, with academy graduate Rob Holding handed a senior debut in place of Prince-Desir Gouano in defence. Darren Pratley and Jay Spearing sat out through injury and suspension, respectively, allowing Mark Davies and Josh Vela to return to the team.

After a quiet opening 10 minutes, the first chance of the game fell the way of the hosts as Neil Danns dragged a shot wide from the edge of the Burton box.

Zach Clough shot straight at Remi Matthews shortly afterwards, before Albion's first opportunity arrived on 17 minutes as Lucas Akins saw his attempt deflect behind.

Bolton should have broken the deadlock midway through the half, after a free-kick from Clough was too hot for Matthews to handle. The Brewers goalkeeper parried the ball right back into play, with Madine heading against the crossbar from the rebound.

Holding entered the referee's book for a late challenge on 41 minutes, which happened moments before chances for Madine and Lawrie Wilson failed to force Matthews into any meaningful action.

The two teams emerged unchanged for the start of the second period, still going in search of an opening goal, and Matthews pulled off another stop within 60 seconds of the restart, this time to deny Liam Feeney in a one-on-one situation.

Akins fired over at the other end, as Burton reminded Bolton that they weren't just there to make up the numbers, moments before Amos rushed off his line to deny Jerome Binnom-Williams after he had cut in from the left-hand side.

Davies and Madine both saw shots charged down soon after, before Matthews once again showed his worth by keeping out attempts from both Clough and Danns.

Resilient defending from Burton saw them charge down strikes from Danns and Davies as the clock ticked past the hour, before a counter-attack from the visitors ended with Callum Reilly shooting straight into the arms of Amos.

Dorian Dervite headed over from a Stephen Dobbie free-kick with 20 minutes to go, while Feeney was next to be denied as he tried to beat Matthews at his near post.

Matthews denied Dervite once again, as the Frenchman hit a thunderbolt of a shot straight at the goalkeeper with five minutes to play, before Burton completed a smash-and-grab job when a speculative strike from Palmer took a deflection and flashed beyond Amos to give the League One side a shock lead against the run of play.

Lennon introduced Emile Heskey and Tom Walker for the closing stages, with Wilson and Feeney departing, but, aside from a harmless header from Dervite sailing wide of the target, Wanderers failed to get themselves back in the game and Burton advanced into the second round at their expense.

Bolton must pick themselves back up for league competition, as they face a difficult journey to Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Bolton Wanderers: Amos, Wilson (Walker 90+3), Dervite, Holding, Moxey, Vela, Danns, Davies, Clough (Dobbie 69), Madine, Feeney (Heskey 89)
Subs Not Used: Twardzik, Woolery, Fitzsimons, Taylor
Booked: Holding

Burton Albion: Matthews, Edwards, Mousinho, O'Connor, McCrory, Akins (Naylor 62), Reilly, Butcher, Binnom-Williams, Thiele (Joachim 86), Palmer (Cansdell-Sherriff 90+2)
Subs Not Used: McLaughlin, Beavon, El Khayati, Duffy
Booked: Reilly, Butcher
Goals: Palmer 87

Referee: Richard Clark
Attendance: 5,842

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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