Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

  • September 15, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton were held to a goalless draw by Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, in a game which saw Zach Clough leave the field with a suspected dislocated shoulder.

In a game almost entirely devoid of chances, Clough left the field with 18 minutes left to play after finding himself on the receiving end of a challenge from behind by Wednesday midfielder Sam Hutchinson.

As for the action itself, perhaps the best opportunity fell the way of Gary Madine, but he failed to find the target against his former club, as he headed over from close range early in the second half, ensuring the game ended goalless at Macron Stadium.

Something of a rarity hit around one hour prior to kick-off, as the teamsheet emerged showing an unchanged Wanderers side from the one that started against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

Neil Danns made the team, having quickly overcome a concussion suffered in that game, as he lined up alongside captain Mark Davies at the heart of the Trotters midfield.

The visitors were quick out of the blocks and had several early chances to break the deadlock, with the home defence looking unusually hesitant and prone to errors inside the opening 20 minutes.

The first chance arrived with little over three minutes on the clock, only for Fernando Forestieri to lose his footing at the vital moment when played clean through, before a goalline clearance from Prince-Desir Gouano denied Marco Matias.

Matias found a way beyond the Bolton backline again shortly afterwards, only to find Ben Amos diving at his feet, while former Wanderers loanee Barry Bannan also cleared the crossbar from the edge of the box.

Wellington Silva sparked into life on the quarter-hour, only to see his cutback to Madine intercepted by Tom Lees, moments before the latter headed straight at Wednesday goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith as he got on the end of a diagonal ball from Liam Feeney.

Derik Osede clipped the top of the bar after rising highest to meet a Feeney corner at the midway point of the half, before the home fans, players and management were left in uproar as referee Peter Bankes called play back for a foul after Clough had been played in by Davies.

Forestieri was twice denied by Dean Moxey and Osede in the play that followed, before Amos was alert to keep out a strike from Kieran Lee at the end of an individual run through the Wanderers half.

Wildersmith was soon called into action at the other end, keeping out a low shot from Silva, but that was as good as it got for the hosts, as the sides went in level at the break.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second period, which began on a more positive note for Bolton - with Silva and Clough both looking dangerous in the early exchanges.

Silva dragged a shot wide at the end of a near move that also involved Osede and Madine, before the latter headed over from close range after a header back across goal from Gouano fell kindly into his path.

With Moxey and Davies already in the book following challenges in the first-half, Wednesday soon found themselves on the bad side of the officials - with Jack Hunt, Modou Sougou and Hutchinson all receiving yellow cards in the space of just eight minutes.

The challenge from Hutchinson left Lennon seething on the sidelines, as he brought a galloping run from Clough to an end - as well as the young forward's evening, as he left the field with a suspected dislocation of the shoulder.

Stephen Dobbie came on to replace the stricken Clough and had an instant impact on the game, forcing Wildsmith into action with his first touch, before curling another shot over the top moments later.

A goalbound volley from Gouano was deflected behind as the clocked ticked into the final 10 minutes, while his defensive colleague, Osede, headed straight at the Owls goalkeeper from another set-piece.

Lucas Joao shot straight at Amos as Wednesday attempted to hit Wanderers with a late counter-attack, which proved to be the final attack of a match which ended the way it began.

The point extends Bolton's unbeaten run to four games in league competition, ensuring they stay in 17th place ahead of their weekend trip to Huddersfield Town.

Bolton Wanderers: Amos, Wilson, Gouano, Osede, Moxey, Davies, Danns, Feeney, Clough (Dobbie 72), Silva, Madine (Heskey 79)
Subs Not Used: Vela, Spearing, Rachubka, Finney, Walker
Booked: Moxey, Davies

Sheffield Wednesday: Wildsmith, Hunt, Lees, Turner, Pudil, Matias (Sougou 67), Lee, Hutchinson (Lopez 77), Bannan, Forestieri, Nuhiu (Lucas Joao 73)
Subs Not Used: Loovens, Semedo, Helan, Price
Booked: Hunt, Sougou, Hutchinson, Forestieri

Referee: Peter Bankes
Attendance: 14,438

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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