Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • September 12, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton recorded their first win of the season, after Liam Feeney and a Zach Clough penalty gave them a 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Feeney fired Wanderers into a 17th-minute lead at Macron Stadium, firing low into the bottom corner after turning well inside the box, while Clough doubled the advantage in first-half stoppage time by converting from the penalty spot following a foul on Wellington Silva.

All the pre-match talk surrounded the return of former Trotters forward Adam Le Fondre, but it was another ex-White who brought Wolves back into the game when Benik Afobe pulled one back with a penalty of his own midway through the second period.

The hosts held out to take all three points, however, as they ended a winless run that dated back to April 6, when last season's Fantasy Sports games were reaching a conclusion at Bet O'clock.

Neil Lennon made one enforced change to the side that drew at Blackburn Rovers before the international break, as Derik Osede was handed a debut at the expense of the suspended Dorian Dervite. Paul Rachubka took up a place amongst the substitutes, following his arrival last weekend.

Bolton started brightly, with Clough heading over in the opening minutes, before Feeney's shot into the side netting after Emiliano Martinez had initially got down to keep out a header from the winger.

Martinez was alert again moments later, this time keeping out a close-range shot from Dean Moxey, while Ben Amos was called into action for the first time when he kept out a weak attempt from Le Fondre.

Then, on 17 minutes, the home side took a deserved lead as a flick from Gary Madine fell into the path of Feeney, who pivoted on the edge of the box before drilling low into the bottom corner.

Wolves came close to equalising midway through the half, as Ethan Ebanks-Landell rose highest to meet a corner, but Amos stuck up a hand to tip the ball behind.

Afobe looked to be bearing down on goal as the game entered the final 10 minutes of the half, only to be halted by an outstanding challenge from Prince-Desir Gouano, before a thundering volley from James Henry was pushed behind by Amos from a narrow angle.

Bolton were then handed an opportunity to double their lead inside the additional minute added for stoppages, after Silva was brought to ground inside the box by Ebanks-Landell.

Clough took responsibility for the kick and found the bottom corner, despite Martinez appearing to get fingertips to the ball, ensuring Lennon's side took a 2-0 lead into the break.

There were no changes as the sides emerged for the start of the second period, although Bolton were forced into one just five minutes after the restart as Neil Danns was helped from the field following a collision whilst defending a corner - Josh Vela taking his place.

Feeney spurned the chance to extend Bolton's lead to three when he headed wide on 53 minutes, moments before Afobe teed up Le Fondre at the other end, only for last season's loanee to somehow fire wide from a central position.

Moxey brought a smart save out of Martinez with a near-post header on the hour, while Madine was denied by expert defending after reacting well to bring down a diagonal ball from Feeney on his chest.

After conceding a penalty in the first half, Wolves were awarded a spot-kick of their own on 67 minutes when Le Fondre was bundled to the floor by Gouano inside the Trotters box.

Le Fondre wanted the opportunity to reduce the deficit, but Afobe claimed the ball and sent Amos the wrong way to bring the visitors back into it at 2-1.

A rare mistake from Amos presented Wolves with the chance to level the scores on 73 minutes, but Dave Edwards shot wide with an open goal at his mercy, moments before Madine wasted the opportunity to restore Bolton's two-goal cushion by firing over at the end of a skillful run from Mark Davies.

Le Fondre's attempts to win a second penalty were turned down by referee Scott Duncan with 10 minutes left to play, moments before a long-range attempt from Edwards flashed over the top of the crossbar.

Davies, who had earlier teed up Madine, was involved again soon after, this time sending substitute Emile Heskey through on goal. The former England international was denied by Martinez, however, as he got down to block the ball at the feet of the 37-year-old.

Having set up his teammates with two previous bursts from midfield, Davies then had a chance of his own but went to ground under a challenge from a Wolves defender and saw penalty appeals turned down by the officials.

Le Fondre and Afobe were both denied as Wolves looked for a late leveller, while Amos once again tipped the ball behind after Conor Coady headed goalwards from a corner.

Stunning defending from Osede prevented a cutback from Henry reaching an unmarked Le Fondre in stoppage time, while Madine prodded wide at the other end, as Bolton recorded a 2-1 victory over their Wanderers rivals to move clear of the Championship's relegation zone.

Lennon's side return to action on Tuesday, when they will look to record back-to-back wins with the visit of Sheffield Wednesday to Macron Stadium.

Bolton Wanderers: Amos, Wilson, Gouano, Osede, Moxey, Davies, Danns (Vela 50), Feeney, Clough (Heskey 74), Silva, Madine
Subs Not Used: Spearing, Rachubka, Dobbie, Finney, Walker
Booked: Madine
Goals: Feeney 17, Clough 45+1(pen)

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Martinez, Doherty, Ebanks-Landell, Hause, Golbourne, Edwards, Coady, Henry, Afobe, Wallace (Ojo 61), Le Fondre
Subs Not Used: Ikeme, Saville, van La Parra, Iorfa, Byrne, Enobakhare
Booked: Ebanks-Landell
Goals: Afobe 68(pen)

Referee: Scott Duncan
Attendance: 14,698

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15 Bolton Wanderers 26 32
16 Lincoln City 26 31
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