Brentford 3-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • April 05, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's winless away record has now reached a full calendar year, after they were brushed aside in a 3-1 defeat at Brentford.

Since recording a 3-0 victory at Cardiff City on April 6, 2015, Wanderers have failed to win on the road and have recorded just four points on their travels all season.

They were undone inside 36 minutes at Griffin Park on Tuesday, as Nico Yennaris and a brace from Lasse Vibe secured a comfortable three points for the Bees. Zach Clough netted a late consolation from the penalty spot - his first senior strike away from Macron Stadium - but Wanderers never looked likely to threaten a late comeback.

Interim manager Jimmy Phillips made three changes to the Bolton side that started against Reading on Saturday. Tom Walker, Liam Trotter and Alex Finney came in, while David Wheater dropped to the bench, Stephen Dobbie missed out through injury and Rob Holding was suspended.

Brentford came close to opening the scoring inside the opening minute, as Vibe headed wide from a corner, shortly before Alan Judge brought Ben Amos into his first save of the evening with a low drive from 25 yards.

Judge came even closer on nine minutes, as his shot from a short corner was blocked by the Wanderers defence, shortly before a miss-hit cross from the midfielder looped up and off the crossbar with Amos stranded.

The Bees' early pressure paid off on 17 minutes though, as Yennaris pounced on a scuffed shot from Ryan Woods to direct the loose ball beyond Amos to open the scoring for the evening.

Bolton came within a matter of inches of an immediate equaliser, as Alan McCormack was dispossessed in midfield. Liam Trotter released the ball to Josh Vela, whose shot got the better of David Button before crashing back off the post.

Brentford doubled their advantage on 26 minutes, as Vibe got the better of Finney. After his initial cross was blocked, the ball fell back at the feet of the Dane and he made no mistake in slotting home for 2-0.

Zach Clough blazed a shot just over the top as he looked to provide a response on the half-hour, but it was to be 3-0 before the break as Vibe rose highest to head a cross from Vibe beyond Amos in remarkably comfortable style.

Derik Osede was alert to deny McCormack a clear run on goal in the latter stages of the half, which ended with Wanderers trailing by a three-goal margin and with little hope of producing a comeback.

After introducing Wheater in place of Finney as the teams emerged for the start of the second period, just over five minutes passed before Neil Danns was brought on for the ineffective Walker.

A slow start to the half brought little in terms of goalmouth activity, with the first shot arriving just before the hour when Vela fired high into the stands after receiving the ball 30 yards from goal.

Sam Saunders volleyed over at the other end, shortly before Trotter stole possession in midfield before shooting just wide of Button's post.

In a rare venture forward, Bolton were awarded a penalty with 20 minutes remaining as Kaiyne Woolery was tripped inside the box by McCormack. Clough took responsibility for the resulting spot-kick and found the bottom corner of the net, sending Button the wrong way in the process.

A comeback failed to materialised though, as with Brentford comfortable in possession without making major strides towards the Wanderers goal.

Alex Samizadeh was handed a senior debut with five minutes to play, coming on for the departing Woolery, and his introduction almost helped provide another goal for the visitors, only for Clough's goalbound shot to be cleared off the line by Yoann Barbet.

Four minutes of added time passed by without incident, as Bolton completed a full calendar year without an away win that leaves them just days from a return to League One football for the first time since 1993.

In order to delay the inevitable, Wanderers must record a surprise victory at Derby County on Saturday and hope results elsewhere go in their favour. Anything but three points at the iPro Stadium would confirm relegation with five matches remaining.

Brentford: Button, Colin (Clarke 85), Dean, Barbet, Bidwell, McCormack, Yennaris, Woods, Judge, Saunders (Canos 69), Vibe (Hogan 82)
Subs Not Used: Bonham, Kerschbaumer, O'Connell, Gogia
Goals: Yennaris 17, Vibe 26,36

Bolton Wanderers: Amos, Maher, Osede, Finney (Wheater 46), Moxey, Woolery (Samizadeh 85), Trotter, Pratley, Walker (Danns 52), Vela, Clough
Subs Not Used: Rachubka, Heskey, Wilson, Twardzik
Booked: Vela, Clough, Pratley, Wheater
Goals: Clough 70(pen)

Referee: Andy Davies
Attendance: 9,062

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