AFC Wimbledon 1-2 Bolton Wanderers

  • August 13, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's 495-day wait for an away win is over, after goals from Gary Madine and Liam Trotter saw them come from behind to secure a 2-1 victory at AFC Wimbledon.

Not since April 2015 had Wanderers taken all three points on the road, when they recorded a 3-0 success at Cardiff City, but their hoodoo has came to an end on their first-ever visit to the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

It wasn't all plain sailing for the visitors though, who fell behind inside 16 minutes when Andy Barcham curled beyond Mark Howard. Madine equalised to ensure the sides went in level at the break, before Trotter completed the turnaround with 20 minutes remaining, slotting home at the far post to spark wild scenes amongst the 700-plus travelling support.

Phil Parkinson made six changes to the side that was beaten at Blackpool on Tuesday, with Dean Moxey, Mark Beevers, Jamie Proctor, Mark Davies and Trotter those to have kept their places. Jay Spearing captained the side in the absence of the injured Darren Pratley, while Zach Clough returned to the substitutes' bench.

A minute's applause was held prior to kick-off in memory of former Wimbledon defender Tommy McCready, who recently lost his life following illness.

Once play had got underway, it was the home side who created the first opportunity and came close to breaking the deadlock when Barcham headed narrowly over the crossbar.

Dean Parrett was next to try his luck for the hosts, only for Howard to deny him with an outstanding reaction save, moments before Tom Elliott headed over from the resulting corner.

The Dons got the goal their early pressure deserved on 16 minutes, though, and it came courtesy of Barcham, who, after ignoring protests for an offside, kept his composure to bend a shot into the corner of Howard's net.

Bolton's first real chance arrived on the half-hour, but Trotter couldn't hit the target after a neat one-two with Spearing, moments before the Wanderers skipper curled a free-kick straight into the arms of goalkeeper Ryan Clarke.

Clarke was beaten two minutes later, however, as superb individual play from Davies ended with him laying the ball off to Madine, whose resulting shot squirmed under the body of Clarke to bring the scores level.

Wanderers almost completed the turnaround seven minutes before the break, but Spearing's shot from the edge of the box whistled past the post, before the final chance of the half fell the way of Proctor, who headed wide of the target, as the sides went in at 1-1.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second period, which began with Bolton pressing for a lead. It almost arrived within six minutes of the restart, but Proctor dragged his shot inches wide of the post.

Lyle Taylor's fierce free-kick was kept out by Howard, shortly after Davies had been shown a yellow card for handball on the edge of the box, before the first substitution of the match saw Clough introduced in place of the Wanderers midfielder.

Further changes for both teams threatened to interrupt the flow of the game, but Wanderers took advantage of a momentary lapse in concentration to go in front with 20 minutes to play.

Proctor's ball into the AFC Wimbledon area caused problems for the home defence and although Clough failed to make the necessary contact, Trotter was alert to prod the ball into the net at the far post and give the visitors a 2-1 advantage.

The hosts rarely threatened from that point on, although David Wheater had to be alive to a goalmouth scramble inside the final 10 minutes, but it was Bolton who almost added to the scoreline when Proctor fired wide in added time.

After five additional minutes were played, referee Gavin Ward blew his final whistle to spark a huge sense of relief and celebration for everybody connected to Bolton Wanderers.

At the 28th time of asking, dating back to April 2015, Wanderers have won on their travels, moving them up to 2nd place in League One ahead of a midweek trip to Bristol Rovers.

AFC Wimbledon: Clarke, Fuller, Robinson, Charles, Kelly, Parrett (Beere 76), Bulman, Reeves, Elliott (Barnett 70), Taylor, Barcham (Poleon 75)
Subs Not Used: Shea, Nightingale, Francomb, Fitzpatrick
Booked: Fuller
Goals: Barcham 16

Bolton Wanderers: Howard, Moxey, Beevers, Wheater, Buxton, Spearing, Vela (C Taylor 70), Trotter (A Taylor 85), Davies (Clough 60), Proctor, Madine
Subs Not Used: Amos, Clayton, Wilson, Woolery
Booked: Davies, Clough
Goals: Madine 34, Trotter 70

Referee: Gavin Ward
Attendance: 4,619

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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