Swindon Town 0-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • October 08, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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After eight games without a win, Bolton secured back-to-back victories as a late own-goal gave them a 1-0 success at Swindon Town.

Following the midweek victory over Blackpool in the Checkatrade Trophy, Wanderers returned to league action looking to secure three points for the first time since August 20 - when they are atop of the League One table.

Phil Parkinson's side, who had gone four league matches without a goal, were wasteful in the final third throughout the match and looked set to equal a club-record five without finding the net, but were handed a huge slice of luck in the 86th minute when Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill sliced the ball into his own net.

Raphael Rossi Branco was sent off in added time as the Robins finished with 10 men, as a result of a needless elbow which left Lawrie Wilson on the ground.

Parkinson made four changes to the side that started against Blackpool on Tuesday, with Mark Howard, Mark Beevers, Jay Spearing and Gary Madine coming in for Ben Alnwick, Derik Osede, Sammy Ameobi and Jamie Proctor, all of whom were named amongst the substitutes.

Five minutes were on the clock when the first shot of the game arrived, with Howard making a comfortable stop to keep out Yaser Kasim's low free-kick from 25 yards.

Wanderers responded within four minutes and should have gone ahead when James Henry was put in the clear, but he dragged his strike wide of Lawrence Vigouroux's left-hand post as his run pulled him wide of centre.

Swindon were back on the attack on the quarter-hour, with Nathan Delfouneso heading wide of goal, while Gary Madine became the first player to enter the referee's book following an aerial battle which left Nathan Thompson on the ground holding his face.

Luke Norris burst clear on 25 minutes before shooting wide of Howard's goal, before Bolton came close to breaking the deadlock when Tom Thorpe volleyed over from a Henry corner on the half-hour.

Sean Murray shot over from distance as the two sides battled end-to-end, moments before Wanderers were denied a lead when Vigouroux got down to keep out Henry after he had been presented with a one-on-one situation.

Henry was left frustrated again with less than 10 minutes of the half remaining, heading over from six yards as he failed to get over a rising ball, while the final action point of the opening period saw Delfouneso receive a yellow card for a late lunge on an advancing Wilson.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second period, which began with Spearing seeing a deflected shot whistle past the post and behind.

John Goddard then failed to hit the target at the other end after neat link-up play with Ormonde-Ottewill, before the first Bolton substitution of the afternoon saw Ameobi come on for Henry - who appeared to have picked up a hamstring problem in the latter stages of the first half.

Wanderers were awarded a free-kick just after the hour as Madine was bundled over on the edge of the Swindon box, but Vigouroux was alert to tip a goalbound effort from Zach Clough over the bar.

Madine's game came to an end with 17 minutes to play, with Proctor on to replace him, and the visitors should have gone ahead within moments of his introduction.

Ameobi cut open the Swindon defence and picked out an unmarked Clough inside the box, but he, like others before him, also failed to find a way past Vigouroux, who saved with his feet to keep the game goalless.

Proctor was next to be thwarted by Vigouroux, this time parrying over the top after the Bolton forward had sneaked in at the far post, but he was finally beaten on 86 minutes by a comical own goal which is sure to make gaffe collections at the end of the campaign.

After Vigouroux had done well to keep out substitute Keshi Anderson's shot, the loose ball fell into the path of Vela. Ormonde-Ottewill had the simple task of clearing to safety, but misjudged the path of the ball and sliced into his own net.

Frustrated by his afternoon, the red mist descended on Branco in the closing stages and he was dismissed by referee Neil Swarbrick for a blatant elbow on Wilson.

There was to be no further goalmouth action inside the three added minutes for stoppages, as Bolton saw out time to secure a first league victory in eight attempts and move back into the play-off places ahead of the day's 3pm kick-offs.

Parkinson's side return to action next Saturday, when they turn out on home soil for a local derby against Oldham Athletic.

Swindon Town: Vigouroux, Branco, Thompson, C Thomas (Brophy 52), Furlong, Goddard, Murray, Kasim, Ormonde-Ottewill, Delfouneso, Norris
Subs Not Used: Rodgers, Henry, Iandolo, Smith, Evans, Twine
Booked: Delfouneso, Goddard
Sent Off: Branco

Bolton Wanderers: Howard, A Taylor, Thorpe, Wheater, Beevers, Wilson, Spearing, Vela, Henry (Ameobi 60), Clough (Anderson 80), Madine (Proctor 73)
Subs Not Used: Alnwick, Osede, Trotter, Perry
Booked: Madine, Wheater, Beevers, Vela
Goals: Ormonde-Ottewill 86 (og)

Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Attendance: 7,023

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