Bristol City 6-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • March 19, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton crashed to their heaviest defeat of the season, as they began life after Neil Lennon with a humiliating 6-0 defeat at Bristol City.

Following Lennon's departure on Tuesday, Wanderers handed the reigns to interim boss Jimmy Phillips until the end of the season but even he couldn't have foreseen what was to follow - as his side produced an awful display worthy of their status as the Championship's bottom club.

Aaron Wilbraham, Lee Tomlin, Peter Odemwingie, Scott Wagstaff, Jonathan Kodjia and Joe Bryan were all on the scoresheet for the Robins, who, prior to kick-off, had failed to score more than twice in any game all season.

Phillips made four changes to the Bolton side that lost 2-1 at home to Preston North End last weekend, with David Wheater, Josh Vela, Tom Walker and Kaiyne Woolery coming into the side in place of Lawrie Wilson, Liam Trotter, Zach Clough and the loaned out Liam Feeney.

Wanderers were looking for a bright start under their interim manager, but things couldn't have gone much worse as they fell behind inside three minutes.

Joe Bryan was afforded too much time on the edge of the Bolton box and after he brought a save out of Paul Rachubka, Wilbraham reacted quickest to fire the ball into the empty net from the rebound.

City's lead was doubled just minutes later, as Tomlin beat Dean Moxey to a loose ball. He then cut inside from the right-flank before drilling into the bottom corner to make the score 2-0 with just 10 minutes on the clock.

Gary Madine went down inside the Bristol City area shortly afterwards, but referee Christopher Sarginton was unmoved by appeals for a penalty, while Tomlin's shot at the other end was blocked after he combined well with Peter Odemwingie.

Moxey, looking to make amends for his earlier mistake, saw a shot blocked by Aden Flint at the midway point of the half, moments before Odemwingie stepped around Rachubka but couldn't quite find the angle to roll the ball into the net.

Marlon Pack fired inches over the Bolton crossbar with a shot from 30 yards on the half-hour, before Bristol City saw penalty appeals of their own turned down when Wilbraham went to ground under a clumsy challenge from Rob Holding.

Walker had a shot charged down in the latter stages of the half, as Wanderers made a rare venture forward, but they couldn't find a way through and went in trailing 2-0 at the break.

There was one change to the Bolton side that emerged for the start of the second period, as Neil Danns came on in place of the ineffective Mark Davies in midfield.

The first action of the half saw Vela go in the referee's notebook for a challenge on Bryan, but it wasn't long before the the goalscoring continued.

A flick from Wilbraham put Odemwingie into a dangerous position on the edge of the Bolton box. He was allowed to turn on to his left foot and responded by firing the ball into the bottom corner, leaving Rachubka with no chance as the hosts cruised into a 3-0 lead.

Walker spurned a glorious opportunity to salvage a consolation for Wanderers, firing high over the crossbar after being picked out by a cutback from Gary Madine, shortly before he left the field to be replaced by Wellington Silva.

Moxey was next to go into the book, this time for a foul on Tomlin, before Bolton raced forwards and were unfortunate not to pull a goal back as a neat move involving Silva and Woolery ended with Danns having a shot blocked by Scott Golbourne.

If the game wasn't already, it was put beyond any shadow of a doubt with 11 minutes to play as Wagstaff, just on as a substitute moments earlier, was picked out by a near-post cross from Kodjia and fired past Rachubka from close range.

Silva, who was introduced just 17 minutes earlier, was then replaced by Stephen Dobbie, with early indications suggesting he had suffered an injury, but it was to get even worse for Wanderers as they went 5-0 down with just four minutes to play.

Adam Matthews got to the byline and stood up a cross to the far post, where Kodjia rose highest to head home.

With celebrations still ongoing, City added a sixth just a minute later, as Bryan's individual run looked to have been brought to a halt. After his initial shot was blocked, he regained possession and slotted past Rachubka to end a miserable afternoon for Phillips' side and the travelling support.

Madine fired over the top as the clock ticked into stoppage time, but it never came close to troubling Richard O'Donnell in goal as Lee Johnson's side secured victory that moves them six points clear of the relegation zone.

Bolton, meanwhile, remain six points adrift at the foot of the table and are now 12 points from safety, with eight games remaining.

They return to action in a fortnight, following the conclusion of the international break, when they return to Macron Stadium for a match against Reading.

Bristol City: O'Donnell, Matthews, Flint, Baker, Golbourne, Pack, Bryan, Tomlin (Wagstaff 77), Reid (Freeman 69), Odemwingie, Wilbraham (Kodjia 63)
Subs Not Used: Fielding, Ayling, Agard, Pearce
Goals: Wilbraham 3, Tomlin 10, Odemwingie 53, Wagstaff 79, Kodjia 86, Bryan 87

Bolton Wanderers: Rachubka, Osede, Wheater, Holding, Moxey, Davies (Danns 46), Vela, Pratley, Walker (Silva 66 (Dobbie 83)), Woolery, Madine
Subs Not Used: Clough, Trotter, Maher, Campbell
Booked: Vela, Moxey

Referee: Christopher Sarginson
Attendance: 15,608

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